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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Chinese, Vietnamese
Casual restaurant

Sun–Fri 10:00am–midnight
Sat 10:00am–3:00am

Features Date-friendly, kid-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


8066 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX
(713) 977-6682
Sun–Thu 11:00am–11:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–midnight

Bellaire Chinatown
6816 Ranchester Rd.
Houston, TX
(713) 771-1268
Tan Tan
The original’s our favorite for people-watching, hot pots, and banh bot chien

We love the Bellaire Tan Tan, which keeps Christmas lights eternally running all over the restaurant, while moving-picture waterfalls and stuffed monkeys perched on top of fake palm trees complete the bewildering, but memorable, scene. Best of all, you can eat some pretty good pan-Asian (an oxymoron, usually) until the wee hours of morning. The newer Westchase location is decidedly more sterile—or fancy, depending on how you look at it (and closes much earlier). We swear the food’s somehow not quite as transcendent at that one, either, but it must be the monkeys.

Waiters at Bellaire try to take your order even before you crack your menu, then never show up again except to deliver your food and bill—it’s hard to complain, however, because the diverse crowd is like a free dinner show.

The menu takes a bit of maneuvering: pass on greasy Americanized dishes (kung pao chicken, beef with broccoli). Some of the best choices here are steaming hot pots with outstanding broth; delicious congee; and banh bot chien (pan-fried rice cakes fused with eggs and liberally sprinkled with green onion, fried shallots, and fried radish). This is definitely one of the city’s best late-night dishes, especially while being entertained by the odd late-night crowd.

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