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The 10 Best Places to Eat in Westchase

Unlike neighboring Memorial, the Westchase district of Houston -- which runs roughly down the spine of Westheimer from Gessner to Dairy Ashford -- is brimming with some of the city's best and (happily) least expensive ethnic restaurants. Although you could eat at a place like J. Alexander's or Le Peep in this area, why would you?

Westchase may not offer much by way of aesthetics, but it makes up for it with excellent restaurants. And with all the choices it offers, it makes for a veritable United Nations of food. Below are our 10 favorite places to eat when we make the trek outside the Beltway.

10. Rudi Lechner's, 2503 S. Gessner

This is less of a German restaurant and more of an Austrian one. But does anyone even know the difference? All you need to know is that they have a drunk, ribald polka band on the weekends and schnitzel so thin, so crispy, so tangy, it will make you long for the Alps. Feeling invincible? Order the heritage platter and attempt to make your way through all that spaetzle, sauerkraut, potatoes and meat -- we dare you.

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