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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Middle Eastern, Greek
Counter service

Sun–Thu 11:00am–9:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–10:00pm

Features Veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx

2002 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX
(713) 522-5170
Al’s Quick Stop
About the best and cheapest gyros in town, alongside carne and cigarettes

This place, besides being a standard quickie mart, also conceals a quality Middle Eastern restaurant and a carnicería within its walls. You wouldn’t know any of this at first glance—nor is the place even easy to spot, given its lack of a sign (look next to Rudyard’s)—but then you’ll notice pictures of dishes on the wall; and then you’ll notice their incredibly low prices. And look behind you at the above-average wine selection. Of course, you can’t consume it here, but you should take it all to go anyway.

The Middle Eastern fare includes gyros, kebab plates, and hummus. A falafel sandwich with yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomato, and pickled vegetables runs a remarkable $3.99 ($2.99 on Tuesdays). The crispy, hot falafel mingles nicely with the acidic vegetables and yogurt, even if it is a little dry. But the gyro here is fantastic—easily on par with Chicago’s Greektown versions. Tender marinated meat gets lightly crisped and caramelized on the grill, and then tucked into a soft, warm pita with grilled onions and tomato. It’s heaven.

Although the Mexican’s not as best-in-class, the carnicería purveys decent homemade chorizo and fajita meat, marinated in a garlicky mix. Fajita meat, cat food, toilet paper, and gyros. Now there’s a mix for you.

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