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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