Best Nachos

Sure, there may be newer, fancier nachos in town, but as the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." And the nachos at local standby El Tiempo Cantina — which has multiple locations around Houston — definitely ain't broke. Here, hot and freshly fried tortilla chips get the star treatment, each blanketed with gooey cheese, refried beans and a topping of choice, and piled with pickled jalapeño, bright diced tomato and thick sour cream at the plate's center. The only hard part is deciding which topping to go for. Beef, chicken or pork fajitas? Succulent jumbo lump crab? Fiery Diablo shrimp? Spicy filet with bacon and serrano or tender brisket carnitas? Good luck, because each varietal is near addicting.

Best Indian

For years, Kiran's has been one of Houston's most beloved Indian restaurants. Now in a new location, it's the best it has ever been. From the moment you step through the gilded golden doors of the new spot in Upper Kirby and are greeted by the hostess, you know you're in for an experience. The welcoming bar area is the perfect stop for an aperitif or happy hour cocktail. The dining room, with its opulent chandeliers and contemporary wall sculpture, is the epitome of refined elegance. Chef-proprietor Kiran Verma's cuisine is as masterful as ever, a loving dedication to the cuisine of her homeland that takes you on a journey through North India with dishes like her popular chicken tikka masala, her beautiful stuffed naans, her always-fun pani poori and delicious saag paneer.

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