Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten Drive-Throughs in Houston

Photo by Wesley Fryer

Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several months. Bon appétit!

Here in Houston, it's usually really damn hot. Except for recently, when it's been too cold to move, and all we want to do is sit in our cars with our heaters on and let someone hand us food through a little window. OK, we want people to do that when it's hot, too. And when the weather is nice.

Look, we don't need a reason to sit in our cars like lazy bums. Drive-throughs are one of the best inventions ever. They save you the trouble of having to walk, except from your door to your car and back. They allow you to avoid human interaction by dealing mostly with a metal box from which a disembodied voice emanates. They make it okay to order a dozen tortillas and an extra large queso at 2 a.m. away from the prying eyes of the public.

And in our fair city, you can get just about any kind of food you want from a drive-through. That's a reason to hop in the car and celebrate.

The cherry limeade might have more chemicals than it used to, but the service at Sonic is still great.
The cherry limeade might have more chemicals than it used to, but the service at Sonic is still great.
Photo courtesy Sonic

10. Sonic It's a classic. Founded in Oklahoma in 1953, Sonic's recipes may have changed over the years, but the great drive-up service hasn't. Roller skates aren't a job requirement, but at select locations you can still find servers who will deliver food to your wheels on their wheels. And don't forget happy hour from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., when all drinks and slushes are half-price. That means you can get a giant Berry Lime slush for just over a dollar.

9. Becks Prime I'm fortunate enough to live right down the street from the original Becks Prime, which means I can get a healthy and pretty darn good Ahi tuna burger, veggie burger or fresh Mediterranean salad from the comfort of my vehicle in less than ten minutes. Of course, I don't get those things. I get Becks Prime's awesome milkshakes and house-ground Angus beef burgers, cause those are the really tasty treats!

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