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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Food

Eating around the clock and the city


UH students recieve a 15 percent discount at Niko Niko’s with a student ID present. There are two locations in Houston. | Stewart Lyons/The Cougar

Breakfast

  • Breakfast Klub — This should be the textbook example for not judging a book by its cover. Look past the yellow, unmarked front and don’t let the winding line around the block scare you away from a surprisingly modern interior and one of the best breakfast experiences in Houston. Opening in 2001, Breakfast Klub specialized in two dishes: Katfish & Grits and Wings & Waffles. Since then, they’ve added a comprehensive menu around their bestsellers as well as great deals such as their bottomless coffee, resulting in an establishment that consistently has a line down the street.
  • Price: $

Lunch

  • Niko Niko’s — The loud mixture of conversations throughout the restaurant, large servings and carafes sitting on the tables gives patrons the full Greek experience. Whether it’s ordering their gyro and chicken plate or falafel, the food will be more than enough for most and can be easily washed down with well-priced bottles of wine, pitchers of sangria and margaritas (Nikorita) and Mythos Greek beer. All students receive a 15 percent discount with student ID.
  • Price: $$

Dinner

  • Original Ninfa’s on Navigation –Beginning with just a taco stand, Ninfa Laurenzo (Mama Ninfa) is credited with bringing fajitas and tacos al carbon to the United States and her name remains one of the most iconic names in Houston’s food culture. The original restaurant lives up to its founder’s name, serving up the classics that she originally introduced to America as well some of current chef Alex Padilla’s specialties. Ninfa’s is notoriously busy, especially when the Rockets/Texans/Astros are playing at home, so plan accordingly.
  • Price: $$-$$$
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House of Pies offers a selection of forty pies on its menu. | Steven Chambers/The Cougar

24/7 

  • House of Pies — They do two things well: pies and late night service. While House of Pies is not known for having the best food in Houston, the 24/7 restaurant is a tradition among college students looking for a 2 a.m. “study break.” Their most popular pie, Bayou Goo, features a pecan crust topped with cream cheese, vanilla custard, whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
  • Price: $

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