It's safe to assume that Celeste Gordon's mom let her lick the beaters. Since she was nine, Celeste has been sifting, whipping, and baking up a storm, eventually becoming an official student of the culinary arts. These days, Celeste applies her lifelong expertise as the cake master at Celeste's Cakes N More, where she oversees the production of myriad sweets, from fondant wedding cakes to vegan chocolate cupcakes. The bakery also offers delivery on all its orders, ensuring no celebration goes without its mandatory cake fight.
Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant prepares fresh, delicious Vietnamese dishes. Start off with an order of pork spring rolls or shrimp and crawfish toast before moving onto entrees such as spicy plum pork of broiled basa catfish. House favorites include rock-n-roll beef—tender sirloin stir-fried and tossed in garlic sauce—and the crispy fried chicken, which comes with a chili garlic dipping sauce.
At Café TH, Minh makes the meal. Besides owning the restaurant, Minh Nguyen acts as the head chef and host. You might expect a harried, frantic fellow sprinting about amid a clatter of broken dishes, but somehow he pulls it off. Not only that, his auteur attitude makes dining out feel more like attending a dinner party. Before he starts folding made-to-order Autumn rolls, he takes the time to learn each guest’s name and their tastes. As local food critic, Alison Cook, has pointed out, “he’s won a loyal following that ranges from tattooed young bicyclists to Asian families to grizzled cops.” Using fresh, local ingredients, Minh crafts classic banh mi sandwiches, and such entrees as Cantonese-styled fried eggs over preserved turnips or vermicelli with chargrilled chicken. He also maintains a section of the menu devoted to vegans, which landed Café TH a spot on the Houston Press ’s Top 10 Vegan Spots.
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian-friendly comfort food
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: Food court
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Warm Pear and Goat Cheese Salad
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Our manager juggles on request.
Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
Our recipes have all been created in-house by some of the most prestigious chefs in Texas.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
The menu at Greenz is diverse. We offer gourmet salads with an emphasis on organic, gluten-free dynamic recipes. Each salad is paired with its own unique dressing to bring out the best flavors. All of our recipes are made in-house daily and we use the freshest ingredients available. Any salad can be made into a wrap or sandwich, and any of our homemade soups can be paired with a salad or sandwich if you're looking for several menu selections.
Sitting inside Bombay Pizza Company, owner Viral Patel watched the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, waiting alongside family and friends for a mention of his Slumdog pizza, a fusion of Indian and Italian flavors. After the 30-second spot, the restaurant erupted into a standing ovation.
Patel's journey to that moment first began when he quit his job in restaurant management to travel around India learning how to cook. Hoping to one day open a restaurant of his own, Patel returned to the United States and became interested in pizza, buying his own pizza stone and experimenting with new recipes, which fused Indian flavors with the traditionally Italian pies. He opened Bombay Pizza Company with the help of his mother, Sonali, who also inspired the Sonu's Rita pizza, which combines house-made cilantro-mint chutney with a margarita pizza. Soon after the restaurant opened, it was awarded Houston Press's Best Pizza in 2010. In addition to pizza, the menu features Indian street fare such as the kati roll with tandoori chicken and paneer and traditional Italian dishes such as lasagna and chicken parmagiana.
Today, Bombay Pizza Company has two locations, the original in Houston and a second, larger location in Sugar Land. Both eateries feature saffron-hued walls, the soft glow of Thomas Edison–style filament light bulbs, and photos of Bombay residents performing daily activities including washing clothes, fishing, and playing chess. The Sugar Land location also features an outdoor patio, microbrews on tap, and a private dining area.
Lenny's Sub Shop opened in the suburbs of Memphis in 1998, to bring the joy of philly cheese steaks to a new neighborhood. Over the years, the restaurant expanded to locations in 15 states, but the way Lenny's crew makes the sandwiches has remained the same. They start by taking a customer's order, then slicing the meats and cheeses that form the core of the sandwich. They throw the contents of hot subs on the grill, or pile their cold cuts directly onto their fresh-baked bread. They put about a half-pound of meat into their regular-sized sandwiches, doubling that for the large size, meaning each meal packs enough calories to banish a hearty hunger and also counts as a workout if you carry it around the restaurant enough times.