In Houston, the name "Himalaya" has become synonymous with the best in Pakistani fare. A great deal of that success is due to Kaiser and Azra Lashkari's tireless efforts, which started back in 1993. That was when they opened their first restaurant, a tiny affair with only six seats. These days, they feed dozens of Houstonians six nights a week in a much larger place off Hillcroft. No one leaves hungry after dining on huge platters of saffron-tinged lamb biryani, shredded hunter's beef sautéed to a frizzled crisp and spicy green curry that is not for the meek. Bonus: It's BYOB most times of the year (which is discouraged only during Ramadan), and if you haven't experienced a glass of Riesling alongside a pepper-laced helping of chicken karhai, well, you just haven't lived.