Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Food + Hospitality

21 Essential Indian and Pakistani Restaurants in Houston

Chicken tikka masala at Mahesh’s Kitchen. Kirsten Gilliam

Where to find chicken tikka, dosas, lamb vindaloo, and so much more

Since 1986, when Raja Sweets brought Indian food to the city, Houston’s Indian and Pakistani cuisine has been consistently diversifying alongside the city. Today, diners can get dishes from regions across the subcontinent, or eat Indian spices worked into new forms like tacos, pies, or southern fried chicken.

The cluster of restaurants and fast food counters that make up Houston’s historic Mahatma Gandhi District, long known as Little India, remain reliable choices, but a new crop of restaurants have popped up around the city too. From overflowing bowls of homestyle dal and refined high tea, to syrupy desserts worthy of gifting to friends, these 21 restaurants prove that there has never been a better time to eat South Asian food in Texas.

Is your favorite Indian or Pakistani restaurant missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.


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