Back in 2006, _Houston Press_ writer John Lomax decided to embark on a walking tour of Westheimer Road, the nearly 20-mile thoroughfare that cuts horizontally through Houston, and, for a stretch, serves as the northern border of the Westchase neighborhood. John was jaded by heat and booze by the time he reached this segment, calling it “a _Geography of Nowhere_ wasteland” of chain restaurants and big-box retail. With a clearer head, he might have noticed that the street is also peppered with a diverse delegation of international eateries. Here, hungry adventurers can find South American empanadas edged in a golden braided crust, lamb shank prepared by a fifth-generation Persian chef, and pho made from family recipes developed in Saigon.Read More
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