Two Houston restaurants make NYT best list (2023)

Two Houston joints were named in New York Times’ definitive list (

I believe I first heard of El Hidalguense on the old houston.eats usenet group! If not, very early on Chowhound. NYT=right on top of it! (don’t go political on this).

Anybody been to Fin and Feathers, such as @Lambowner, aka The Gumbo Lady?


Well done, El Hidalguense! 29 years in business, it’s about time they caught national recognition!

I haven’t been to Fin and Feathers… yet!.. but I’m looking forward to seeing what y’all think of it. Looking at their menu I’m seeing some old standards (oysters, gumbo, po’boys) but also things like “crispy chicken or fish tossed in a Viet-Cajun hot sauce topped with basil coleslaw and pickles”… and one brunch item is tres leche french toast - yes, please!

Proud of them both!


I need to get to F&F for sure! I haven’t been to El H either. Slacking off, today I went to Kim Son Cafe which has become a regular to the exclusion of trying new places.


As Bruce notes, el H was a popular topic on the houston.eats newsgroup “back in the day”. They were know as a reliable source of cabrito. It was good but I haven’t been in over twenty years.

As for Gatlin’s F & F, I note that it’s located on Crosstimbers almost exactly halfway between Barbecue Inn and Flying Saucer Pies - That’s my sweet spot!!

Lambsy, what do you order at Kim Son Cafe? I haven’t been there in probably ten years. Kingsride, right? I’ve spent a good bit of time in that immediate area lately.