Top 10 Restaurants in Spring Branch

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3. Pampa Grill & Market

This small, family-run Argentinean steakhouse specializes in beef in various forms and at very inexpensive prices. Flank steak, skirt steak, short ribs, rib eye and tenderloin can all be had for around $10 at Pampa Grill & Market, although you will also find some terrific empanadas and pizzas straight from the brick oven. Other specialties include choripan, an Argentinean sausage sandwich, or morcipan, a blood sausage sandwich. Order a parillada para dos and you'll get a mound of meat served on a table-top grill that four people would struggle to finish. Simply put, it's a carnivores paradise. Plus, it's BYOB.

2. Dadami

Dadami bills itself as a Japanese restaurant, but it actually serves Korean-style sashimi called hwe. If you go at night, bring a large group -- you'll want to indulge in one of the multi-course dinners like the "deluxe sashimi" meal that feeds four to six people and features a stunning array of fresh, raw fish, fried seafood, grilled vegetables and dozens of banchan. At lunch, seriously cheap specials let you try smaller portions of the large dinners one at a time.

1. Vieng Thai

Vieng Thai, Houston's best and most authentic Thai restaurant, is a humble mom-and-pop operation in the Long Point area with scuffed concrete floors and a blaring wide-screen TV. But its fiery soups, slippery noodles, incendiary curries and tart Thai salads blow the city's fancier Thai restaurant fare away. And like Pampa Grill, it too is BYOB. You already feel like you're eating in someone's living room here, so it's only natural to crack open some cans of beers while you bury your face in Massamun curry or pad see ew -- after all, much of Vieng Thai's food is ultra-hot and begs for an IPA to match the heat or a lager to cool it off.

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