When husband-and-wife team Otto and Annie Sofka first founded Otto's Barbecue and Hamburgers in 1950, they never dreamed barbecue would become the meat and potatoes of the family's livelihood. The small corner grocery store specialized in canned and boxed goods—that is until Annie started cooking up hamburgers at the request of hungry regulars. As the popularity of Annie’s burgers grew, the store’s shelves were cleared out to make room for tables and chairs to accommodate the growing lines of customers. Within two years, the Sofkas were officially in the burger business. By the ’60s, they were ready to add old family barbecue recipes to the menu, and Otto’s has been a favorite pit stop for Houston barbecue lovers ever since.
Three generations have now manned the kitchen at Otto’s, satisfying customers as varied as George Bush Sr., Liberace, and George Foreman with barbecue that has been smoked in a hickory grill for 18 hours. Chefs pair seven meat choices, including beef brisket, slow-smoked pork ribs, and sausage links, with a range of homestyle sides and giant stuffed potatoes, creating full meals that showcase the flavors of the South better than an art installation built from chicken-fried steaks. The chefs at Otto’s also serve up their own line of bottled sodas, ensuring enough frothy root beer, orange soda, and cream soda to wash down the saucy eats.
The cuisine team at Brisket Bar-BQ grills up a menu chock-full of down-home barbecue fare. Ravenous guests can quench hunger with a brisket barbecue sampler ($10.25) or a plate of shred-ready ribs ($9.25), each of which arrives with a choice of two sides—beans, potato salad, coleslaw, Cajun rice, fries, mashed potatoes, or corn. Brisket Bar-BQ also concocts succulent barbecue chicken and turkey baked potatoes buttressed by a blend of butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives ($7.25), plus hearty homemade chili ($4.45), which is emphatically ladled into large, hand-warming bowls.
Texas Rib Factory’s sugarless barbecue sauce gilds the edges of beef brisket, juicy ribs, and sausage. Inside the deep fryer, catfish and chicken take on a crispy, golden-brown hue, ready to be paired with southern sides such as fried okra and housemade potato salad.
Considered a "pork-filled glory" by the Houston Press, Hoggs & Chicks’ Pig's Delight sandwich layers fried pork loin, shaved ham, and bacon between slices of fresh roll. The Pig's Delight moniker could apply to plenty of other items that Chef Frédéric Perrier dreams up, piling pulled pork, pork loin, pork belly, and bacon onto his OhMyGosh! sandwich and smothering fries and pizzas in heaps of pulled pork.
On the chicks end of the menu, the chef douses wings in buffalo or barbecue sauce, fries chicken in buttermilk, and stacks avocado, chipotle mayo, and provolone cheese atop slices of grilled chicken breast. To accompany these southern-style, made-from-scratch dishes, Chef Frédéric crafts classic sides such as collard greens, mac ‘n’ cheese, and sweet corn, a nicer alternative to corn that insults you when you bite it.
Sports literally jump out of Fox Den 3D Bar & Grill's TVs. That's because they're 3-D. As football, baseball, and soccer games come to life, glossy red tables, red walls, and a long red bar color the room. Known for its wings just as much as the sports-centric atmosphere, Fox Den's menu presents eight options, including the bar's signature barbecue sauce, Spicy Asian, and Hott As Hell for the more adventurous. After filling up on specialty drinks, wings, and catfish, the bar's mechanical bull stands by to assist with digestion.
Cafe Taraiz is a family friendly cafe. We serve traditional American food like hamburgers, salad, pasta & a variety of sandwiches. We also offer Mediterranean food, hummus, falafel, kabobs & much more. Cafe Taraiz has something for everyone. Stop in for a bite to eat or pick up one of our prepared meals to go.