Best of Houston

The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top Mom-and-Pop Restaurants

For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.

Family-run establishments have the heart and soul that you often miss from corporate chains. Mom-and-pop joints offer a chance to settle into a familiar seat with comfort and eat something prepared with love and care.

It's a rare accomplishment to run a business that reminds customers of their own homes, their own families and of the meals they've shared together. It takes gumption, hard work and a desire to make total strangers feel completely at ease. Of course, it also takes a good meal.

What follows is the Rest of the Best for Mom-and-Pop Restaurants in Houston.

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