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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
7.2
6.0
$15
Reliable pho, pretty much wherever you are

Given the reach of the Pho Saigon chain (which extends up to Austin), the quality here remains pretty high. People swear that the broth varies somewhat from location to location, but we generally find it deep and beefy, intensely flavored and nourishing. It’s not as redolent of clove and star anise as the excellent and venerable Pho Binh’s, but it’s still good. Just ask the hordes of people who swarm this place at lunch and on weekends.

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From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.5
4.5
$10
Have a decent vegetarian buffet, but better samosas, chaat, and sweet treats

For South Asian and Middle Eastern food, Hillcroft reigns supreme. And of this area’s Indian restaurants, only Himalaya and London Sizzler are more renowned than Bombay Sweets in the non-Indian-community oral legend. The lunchtime buffet, although appropriately cheap and well-stocked, has been known to harbor staling naan and sogging fried foods. Yet Bombay Sweets excels at samosas and puffed-ricey Bombay-style chaat, like bhelpuri. Vegetarians will be plenty happy here, but the à-la-carte menu can be bewildering and the staff behind… [More]