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Sometimes, you need to take a break from home cooking and order takeout. No dishes, delicious food, and the comfort of your own home – what could be better than that?

If you’re in the Houston, Texas area, we’ve found the seven best takeout options you should consider ordering from today.

1. The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation

Location: 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003, United States

Our favorite dish: Oaxacan-style Braised Pork Handmade Tamales

Give them a call: +1 713-228-1175

This wouldn’t be a restaurant list of Houston, Texas, without mentioning Tex-Mex cuisine. The Original Ninfa’s has now branched into two locations – on Navigation and in the Uptown region. “Mama” Ninfa Laurenzo started the restaurant over 50 years ago and the authentic food and quality dishes have stayed consistent to this day. 

Throughout the years, this restaurant has won several awards. In 2019, Houston Chronicle put The Original Ninfa’s on The 100 Houston Restaurants list. In 2020, Southern Chronicle featured the restaurant on their list of “The South’s Best Classic Restaurants.” 

If you’re in the mood for hearty, spicy, delicious Mexican food, you’ve come to the right place. Both the tamales and the corn tortillas are handmade in house. Make sure to try a few different dishes because it’s too hard to choose just one! 

2.  Good Dog Houston

Location: 903 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008, United States

Our favorite dish: Sloppy Slaw Dog and Chicky Chicky Parm Parm

Give them a call: +1 832-800-3647 

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You know a restaurant is great when you can’t mention just one favorite dish and have to make it two! Good Dog Houston started as a food truck and expanded into two brick and mortar locations. The owners are proud to have franks that are “Texas made” and “local and artisan” buns.

If you’re not in the mood for a hot dog, the restaurant also has fantastic sandwiches and side dishes for you to try.

Good Dog Houston has taken the simple classic dish of the American hotdog and elevated it into a comforting, filling experience that is perfect for your next takeout meals.

3. Rosie Cannonball

Location: 1620 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, United States 

Our favorite dish: Fennel Sausage Pizza

Give them a call: +1 832-380-2471 

If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion at home with an elevated dinner, then Rosie Cannonball is your answer. This Italian-inspired restaurant offers fine-dining at reasonable prices. Rosie Cannonball sources their meat locally and makes wood-roasted pizzas that will blow your mind away. 

While the restaurant is relatively new to Houston, Texas, it’s already earned a stellar reputation in a short amount of time. Rosie Cannonball was listed in Houston Food Finder’s best new restaurants of 2019. 

We recommend sharing a pasta dish, a pizza, and a couple of starters for a proper Rosie Cannonball experience. 

4. Local Foods Upper Kirby

Location: 2555 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77019, United States 

Our favorite dish: “Crunchy” Chicken Sandwich

Give them a call: +1 713-255-4440

This is a great option when you want a delicious, casual meal that won’t break the bank. The Local has done so well in Houston, Texas, that it now has five locations. Local Foods is true to its name and is proud to work with regional vendors as much as possible. Some of the vendors it sources ingredients from includes Blue Horizon Seafood, Falcon Lake Farms, Pro-Vision Farm, and Pure Luck Dairy. 

If you need a healthy meal, Local Foods is a perfect choice. We recommend trying the “crunchy” chicken sandwich, which features a nut-seed crumble chicken breast or the house-cured and smoked salmon burger. 

The Local is also an excellent choice for individuals with specific diets. The menu marks items that are gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. 

5.  Goode Company BBQ

Location: 5109 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098, United States 

Our favorite dish: Beef Brisket BBQ Sandwich on Jalapeno Cheese Bread 

Give them a call: +1 713-522-2530

If you live in Houston, Texas, then you understand that sometimes you just need some great BBQ. And when that craving hits, Goode Company BBQ can deliver. This restaurant’s tagline is “mesquite-fired meats cooked low and slow” – and they aren’t lying. 

This family has been running its operations since 1977 and has perfected the BBQ process from the cooking process to the secret homemade herb rub. 

If you’re ordering takeout from here, make sure you don’t have plans afterwards because you’ll be in a wonderful food coma. 

6. Nobie’s

Location: 2048 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098, United States

Our favorite dish: Nonno’s Pasta

Give them a call: +1 346-319-5919

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Nobie’s isn’t the cheapest option on this list, but as soon as you see and taste your food, you understand the price tag. This restaurant prides itself on using local vendors, sourcing ingredients from nearby farms, and using Gulf Coast seafood. 

As the establishment focuses so much on using local, fresh ingredients, the menu is continually evolving. The restaurant promises a rotating menu of 20-25 items that are both “approachable and innovative.” 

The best approach to ordering from Nobie’s is a family-style dinner. Order 3-5 dishes for two people and get a little bit of everything the restaurant has to offer. 

7.  ZOA Moroccan Kitchen

Location: 4710 Lillian St, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Our favorite dish: The Marrakesh Sandwich

Give them a call:  +1 832-516-8825

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Moroccan cuisine isn’t well-known everywhere, but ZOA has allowed it to show up on the Houston, Texas, scene with a bang! The restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Youssef Nafaa who is excited to bring authentic Moroccan food to Houston’s streets. 

The menu is simple and allows people to build their own salads, bowls, pitas, or sandwiches. You can easily modify your meal to fit a gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan diet. 

ZOA also offers a brunch menu on weekends and weekly “at home” meal delivery. We promise after you try ZOA one-time, you’ll be a Moroccon food convert! Think spicy, tangy, and delicious food that fills you up without being too heavy! 

Take the next month and work down this entire list – we promise you won’t regret it! 

And, if you’re traveling, don’t forget to check out our best takeout option list for other cities – like Seattle!