Go Premium
Facebook Twitter Google Plus

The Best Food in Houston

August 6, 2015

Comments

Share Post

Everything’s bigger in Texas. So now can be said of our waistlines. Houston, you did a number on us, and that number is something we now see when we step on the scales here. Eating as much as we did in one day for this video definitely was great for a video, but not a great all around life choice. Ha!

We’re just amazed at how big the portions are here. For those of you who went to our Houston Event, you already know this story. For everyone else, story time! After landing in Houston, the two of looked up “Cool Houston Bar Hipsters,” because we’ve come to accept the fact that we’re hipsters in one way or another, so we should eat the food of our peoples. We found a place called Beavers, and it looked great! The menu had a great selection of finger foods for appetizers, so we ordered a few of them, five in all. The two of us were able to eat 0.5 of one of them, and that’s it. The portion sizes in Houston are so huge! It’s absurd! I’m a grown ass man and I couldn’t finish half a serving of fried Okra? I felt like I should have brought ziplock bags with us and packed up the leftover and saved them for Armageddon because I had enough food for an underground bunker and family of four. Martina, Me, Spudgy and Meemers. Sorry Leigh and Soo Zee :D

Now, even though we ate too much during this food filming day, that doesn’t mean we had a bad time. Not at all. Everywhere we ate was just amazing. AMAZING! The first place we ate, Goode Company with the giant Armadildo in front, was exactly what I wanted in life. Old juke box. Old beer bottles on the shelves. Old ice box. Everything dark and woody. And delicious smoked food. We read that you can bring in your own meat and they’ll smoke it for you, too! Shoot something and come on over! And, let’s be honest: bread is the BEST vegetable in the world :D

The beignets, which I pronounced BAKE-NETS, were a lot better than I thought they’d be. Really simple pastries like that usually bore me. But the dough was so rich and creamy that it didn’t need to be filled with anything. It was just done right. I will say that there’s a bit too much sugar on them, and they’d be totally fine without the sugar. Either way, they were delicious.

House of Pies was a perfect dream for us as well: apart from us, all we saw were people in their 60s and 70s eating pies. And there were so many pies. Hot damn! A whole place just dedicated to pies?! To you this might be standard, but to us this was special. And I thought the pies would be lame, pre-made stuff you can get in the supermarket, but they weren’t. Or were they? I don’t know what supermarket pies are like in Texas, but if they’re anything like the fare at House of Pies, then why did we ever leave Texas?

Another thing we loved about Texas that we didn’t mention in the video: this was our first experience of Southern Hospitality. We heard the term before, but – whoa – everyone was just so lovely. EVERYONE. Everyone smiled, small talked. I didn’t sense any attitude. We’re in New York City right now as we’re writing this, and everyone here seems very busy and preoccupied, honking as they drive, blaring their sirens, yelling on their phones, running across the street. I haven’t really been able to chat with people here as I did in Houston. Maybe if I keep looking? I don’t know. I miss the Southern Hospitality of Houston. I don’t miss the summer heat though. To hell with that, which I think might be less hot than Houston at the end of July.

Easily, the West Alabama Ice House was the best experience we had in Houston. Not that it had the best food. We brought in our own food. The beer there was standard fare that you can get anywhere else. But the whole concept of it made me feel how deeply I need a place like that in my life. Picnic tables outdoors, ping pong tables, basketball courts, bistro lights. Everyone just hanging out, smiling and chatting. It felt so lovely. We’ve been so deeply steeped in the hardcore hustle and bustle of Seoul, and this experience of just relaxing outdoors and hanging out and throwing around a basketball for a while if we felt like it, just…ah man. Please. I need that place.

And lastly, Whataburger. Water Burger? I don’t know the right way to say it. I do know, though, that the patty melt was great, and the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit was intense. How does it compare to In & Out, though, which we also intensely love? I…can’t say. It wouldn’t be fair. We ate at Whataburger when we were full, and ate at In & Out when we were wretchedly hungry. We don’t have a fair point of comparison. We didn’t have Whataburger fries, either, which is an important point of comparison. What we did have at Whataburger was delicious: we just didn’t eat enough of it to be able to compare.

A couple of other places we went to that we didn’t show in this video: Anvil served great cocktails. Not the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had, which after I said out loud earned me eternal unforgiveness from Leigh’s sister (who I swear to everything sounds EXACTLY like Leigh). The 59 Diner, though, was THE BEST BEST BEST DINER EVER. It was a perfect diner experience. The best diner food we ever had. We went there right after our meetup in Houston, and the steak and eggs were perfect, the country fried steak was delicious, the pork chops were freakishly good. Portion sizes did not get in our way this time around. We ate everything, and then had a great milkshake in the end. That’s a place we’ll remember forever.

So that’s it for our video on Houston’s Best Food. There are a thousand more restaurants that we should have gone to, for sure, we couldn’t eat any more in one day. When we go back to Houston one day, and we will go back to Houston, let us know where we should go next. If you see someone’s comment that you agree with, give it a thumbs up so we can know if they’re legit or not :D

Otherwise, we’ve got some extra videos here as well. On our app on Android and iOS we have a bonus clip, and here in the bloopers below you can see us make out ravenously. LOVE IS THE MOOOOMMMMMEEEEENNNNNTTTT

Comments

36

Share Post

Food Adventure

HIDE COMMENTS

The Best Food in Houston

36 COMMENTS

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. I’ve decided you guys just make food look good! Being American, I’ve eaten a lot of this kind of stuff before so it’s not as exotic as Korean Food and yet I was trying not to drool watching this! Glad you enjoyed the cuisine! Hope videos of the other cities will come soon

    4 years ago
  2. After an exhausting week, coming to watch this video was awesome for me. I can’t believe Leigh is from my hometown of Houston! Go Leigh! <3 <3 <3 She took you to such cool places. House of Pies is a favorite of mine. Used to get their apple pie a lot. I used to work on West Alabama near the ice house. Nearby, there's a cool candy shop called Candylicious and a dessert restaurant called the Chocolate Bar which are two special places. This post brought back memories T_T yay.

    4 years ago
  3. * beignets

    4 years ago
  4. It’s too bad y’all came during the Summer. Spring is the best becuase the bluebonnets are out and rodeo season starts. Also, it was a great idea to incorporate the ideas because while TX may be known for cowboys and the west, the state is so big that eastern and western parts of it are nothing alike, and Houston is still a very east texas city and associates well with the traditional southern gentile style. I did notice, though, that the bbq had sauce which is sort of disappointing since Texas is more known for its dry rub bbq. Obviously, Im being nit picky but it’s the Texas soul. Meat, particularly, beef plays a huge role in Texas’s agrarian culture. I wonder, what sort of agricultural history does South Koreabest identify with?

    4 years ago
  5. When ever I’m in America, I can’t help but think that the food is out to kill me. All that fat and all that large portions are literally too much for me.

    4 years ago
  6. Last night I watched this video and then went to bed.

    Worst nightmare in the history of ever.

    In the dream I had won some kind of Nasty thingamabob and was spending time with the EYK crew at their AirBnB in Chicago. Just to set things up a bit here: I am significantly older than just about everyone in the EYK universe, I am on the introvert end of the ambivert scale and I am on the comfort end of the fashion scale.

    In the dream I am in a shared AirBnB space with the EYK crew trying desperately to find my underwear. I can find everyone else’s underwear but not my own. Then my clothes go missing. I am finding orange ruffled bras in a size sort of close to my own, random other garments and a whole mess of stuff that I can’t even. My sensible beige shorts keep morphing into some kind of crinoline/khaki thing. The EYK crew is running around all daffy and hipster-y and all’s I want to do is tell them that I want my own damn underwear and to play pool at City Pool Hall.

    I wake up in a cold sweat and happy that I am in my own underwear.

    I’ll be playing pool Saturday night.

    EYK I really wanted to come up to Chicago to see you this week end, but, now one anxiety dream has fixed that. I look forward to the videos and pictures.

    Happy Trails

    4 years ago
    • Ha ha ha ha…

      Underwear in dreams is usually unsettling, or a nightmare, ha ha ha ha…

      4 years ago
  7. Omg, when you guys were talking about the meat I started drooling. Nothing quite like Texas meat!

    4 years ago
  8. That pie looks sooooooooo magical <3

    4 years ago
  9. I can’t remember if I posted about this before but you guys have absolutely got to try “Not your father’s root beer beer” while you’re in The states. It’s beer that tastes exactly like root beer. I mean come on

    4 years ago
  10. I’m glad you guys got to enjoy Houston and managed not to melt from the weather!! I wanted to see you guys but due to recent events, I could not. (There’s always next time) I would recommend trying Chachos (the Monster Kong nachos) on Westminster, World of Beer, The Breakfast Klub, also a bar called joystix.

    4 years ago
  11. Southerners are so serious about their sweet tea haha. I hope you realize that almost every citizen of Texas drinks sweet tea religiously. Also, Whataburger has arguably the best chocolate shakes ever. Plus their honey barbecue chicken sandwich is the actual bomb.

    4 years ago
  12. Y’all need to try:
    Shipley donuts!
    Persian kabob! We have a couple of Persian restaurants in Houston (Bijan Persian grill and Kasras perisain grill)
    Mediterranean food! (Fadi’s or Sayad Mediterranean grill)

    4 years ago
  13. This may not be the correct forum for this, but when you guys are in an English-speaking country, is the world around you jarringly loud?

    Weird question, I know. I just remember that you guys had said that you’d gotten used to kind of tuning out ads and such in Korea, so is there an adjustment when you go elsewhere?

    4 years ago
    • Yes, it is jarringly loud. It’s very uncomfortable. Every time I hear people talk I feel like they’re talking to me, and I turn around a lot to see who’s talking. My eyes are very sore from looking at everything that’s speaking to me, be it buses or billboards or people or whatever. In Korea, I’m in a quiet bubble, and I kinda miss that here.

      4 years ago
      • I have to admit that I’m slightly jealous of your quiet bubble. I do my best to cut out the chatter: take labels off as many things in my house as I can, no TV (I can’t stand commercials), no radio (except the local classical station that is commercial free); but that only goes so far!

        4 years ago
  14. Ahhh yes, southern style sweet tea, Diabetes in a cup.

    4 years ago
  15. I wish y’all would stop by Austin sometime! :D

    4 years ago
  16. Oh dear, where do you leave all that food? Now I know I’m a pretty small eater, but dang! Although the food looks delicious, it does make me feel like I gained 3kg just by watching :p

    Seriously though, how do you not get stomach aches :O Respect (all in the name of science right?)

    4 years ago
  17. OMG all that delicious food O.o How are you all not dead by now…?

    4 years ago
  18. Excessively gross smooching, lifting tables with erections, eating condom-filled pies and hitting us with the quesadilla money shot at the end? It seems like someone’s a little backed up, ifyaknowutimsayin haha. Must be difficult to have alone time together with the spouse when the EYK Crew’s c-blocking all the time. Speaking of which, when you guys get back I think it’d be enlightening if Leigh and Soo Zee did a TL;DR on all the horrible things they saw, heard and smelled while living on the road with you two. :)

    Btw, Houston: restaurant capital of the US? As someone who’s lived in or right outside NYC nearly their entire life, my head almost exploded when you said that haha. What kind of crazy sh*t are you guys going to say next? That Chicago has the best pizza in America? If I ever read or hear those filthy, blasphemous words coming from you two, I may be forced to unsubscribe. >:O

    4 years ago
    • Strangely the best pizza I ever had was in some small town in southern Mexico, lol. I don’t care for NYC or Chicago pizza. They try too hard and overdo everything.

      The pizza in Italy just sucked royally, lol. The best meal I had in Italy was African food in Rome, and while I was living there all the Americans could talk about was having a really good Mexican meal, which confused the hell out of the Italians, lol.

      4 years ago
    • Hahahahaha

      1) We have separate rooms and in some cases separate floors :D
      2) We’re gonna do a video comparing NY Pizza to Chicago Pizza. Just filmed the first part of it today! We’ll see what wins out in the end!

      4 years ago
    • FIGHTIN’ WORDS!!!
      Sincerely,
      Chicagoan

      4 years ago
  19. Houston has the best Chinese food I have found in the USA so far. So many great places!! Also, Tex Mex must be eaten! Next time, go to Lupe Tortilla. Fajitas and margaritas FTW.

    4 years ago
    • Chinese food?! Really?! I wouldn’t have thought of Texas for Chinese food. Too bad we didn’t try it!

      4 years ago
  20. Just watching this made me full enough that when my mom asked me what I wanted for dinner, I couldn’t tell her because I wasn’t hungry. At all. XD

    4 years ago
  21. who decided that Houston was the restaurant/food capital of the US?

    4 years ago
  22. Wow, 6 places. One day. I can eat, but… wow so much food! hahahah I was sold on the pies and tacos.

    4 years ago
  23. omo you were in my hood (literally down the block). this fangirl is sorry she missed you

    4 years ago