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9 Local Chains We Love in Houston

By Amber Ambrose
November 20, 2013

From Tex-Mex to seafood, Houston's local chains are cranking out some tasty dishes. Some spots are sit-down, others are counter-service, a few even have drive-thrus, but all are worthy of your patronage. From Cuban tacos to overstuffed po' boys, here are some of Houston's most delicious local chains found in all corners of the city - and there's most likely a location near you.

  • Goode Company Everything

    The Goode name is as good as gold here in Houston. Between barbecue, tacos, burgers, seafood and more, they've got all the major food groups covered. Their concepts include the Armadillo Palace, Goode Co. Texas Bar-B-Q, Goode Co. Seafood and Goode Co. Taqueria.

  • El Rey Taqueria

    How do you make Mexican food even better? Combine it with Cuban food. That's exactly what El Rey Taqueria does at their fast food concepts, and they do it very well. Case in point: the Cuban taco stuffed with chicken or beef, crema, plantains and black beans.

  • 59 Diner 

    If you're a sucker for retro diners - and we certainly are - there's no better place in town to get your fix than 59 Diner. In addition to being open 24 hours, serving legit breakfasts and plate lunches, there are a myriad of sweet options like malts, milkshakes, banana splits and pies to quell a craving at any hour of the day.

  • Mambo Seafood

    Cheap and seafood do not always go together, but Mambo Seafood has somehow mastered the genre. Simple fried platters and Mexican-style seafood make for reason enough to visit, but add in their famous fried rice and a spicy michelada to complete the appeal.

  • Becks Prime 

    Cooked-to-order burgers are their claim to fame, but this fast food chain also offers mesquite-grilled tuna and a whole host of premium steaks, all available via drive-thru. Rib-eye, sirloin and filets notwithstanding, there's also a Becks Prime-branded "Sportatorium" sports bar for a more relaxed, traditional restaurant experience inside the Memorial City Mall.

  • Berryhill Baja Grill

    Look no further if you want to find the best fish taco in town - it awaits you at any location of Berryhill. So do some of the best tamales in town, excellent frozen margaritas, a giant salsa bar and easy-for-group-dining counter-service ordering.

  • Bernie's Burger Bus

    It may not be a traditional business model, but this fleet of mobile eateries is worth chasing for one of Houston's best burgers. What started out as one bus has multiplied into three, all parked around greater Houston at any given time, sharing their Angus beef patties, homemade condiments and hand-cut fries. Bonus: Bernie's is also serving up those tasty burgers inside Reliant Stadium during Texans games. (At least we have the burgers to look forward to this season.)

  • BB's Cafe

    Comfort Cajun food sticks to your ribs at this series of po' boy joints open late at night. Traditional renditions like fried shrimp or oyster po' boys are always a good bet, though creative versions like the Bullet for the King with bacon-wrapped, cream-cheese-and-jalapeno-stuffed chicken topped with bacon ranch and fresh tomatoes are equally as intriguing - especially after a night of partying.

  • El Tiempo

    Some of Houston's best Tex-Mex is served up inside these dramatically adorned restaurants, from the salsa to the brisket flautas to the fajitas. Don't go to any of their five locations unless you're really hungry, as the portions are ridiculously large. Being thirsty helps too; their margaritas are potent and tasty.

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Places Mentioned

Goode Company Seafood

Seafood • West U

Food26 Decor20 Service23 Cost$28
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Upper Kirby

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
BB's Cafe

Cajun • Heights

Food24 Decor13 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Berryhill Baja Grill

Mexican • West U

Food20 Decor15 Service16 Cost$16
 
 
 
Goode Company Taqueria

Mexican • West U

Food25 Decor16 Service19 Cost$15
 
 
 
Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina

Mexican • Houston

Food20 Decor15 Service16 Cost$16
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • The Woodlands

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
El Tiempo Cantina Washington

Mexican • Washington Corridor

Food23 Decor18 Service22 Cost$29
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • West Houston

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Rice Military

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Goode Company Barbeque

Barbecue • Memorial

Food24 Decor18 Service18 Cost$18
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Westchase

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Briargrove

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Champions

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Goode Company BBQ

Barbecue • Northwest Houston

Food24 Decor18 Service18 Cost$18
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Upper Kirby

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Berryhill Sugar Land

Mexican • Sugar Land

Food20 Decor15 Service16 Cost$16
 
 
 
Berryhill Baja Grill

Mexican • Montrose

Food20 Decor15 Service16 Cost$16
 
 
 
Berryhill Baja Grill

Mexican • Galleria

Food20 Decor15 Service16 Cost$16
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Sugar Land

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Meyerland

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
BB's Cafe

Cajun • Montrose

Food24 Decor13 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Goode Company Seafood

Seafood • Memorial

Food26 Decor20 Service23 Cost$28
 
 
 
Goode's Armadillo Palace

American • West U

Food20 Decor21 Service18 Cost$23
 
 
 
Goode Company Barbeque

Barbecue • West U

Food24 Decor18 Service18 Cost$18
 
 
 
Becks Prime

Burger • Heights

Food24 Decor16 Service20 Cost$15
 
 
 
Berryhill Baja Grill

Mexican • Champions

Food20 Decor15 Service16 Cost$16
 
 
 
El Tiempo Cantina Restaurants

Mexican • Upper Kirby

Food23 Decor18 Service22 Cost$29
 
 
 
Berryhill Baja Grill

Mexican • The Woodlands

Food20 Decor15 Service16 Cost$16
 
 
 
El Tiempo Cantina

Mexican • Montrose

Food23 Decor18 Service22 Cost$29
 
 
 
Berryhill Baja Grill

Mexican • Heights

Food20 Decor15 Service16 Cost$16
 
 
 
 
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