Barnaby's plus-sized take on that taqueria staple, the torta, is a comfort food feast, much like the rest of their offerings.
Danton's in the Museum District in Houston is known for its locally attuned Gulf Coast seafood preparations. Concerning seafood in Houston, "locally attuned" means plenty of dishes from New Orleans and nearby south Louisiana. Well-suited for lunch at Danton's is their take on the Big Easy staple, the Shrimp Po Boy ($12.95 with a side).
Like the restaurant itself, the tortas at Maria Selma are easy to overlook, but both can be very enjoyable, especially the Al Pastor version.
The multi-colored Jive Turkey at Kraftsmen Cafe in Houston might be a bit funky, but it is a terrific sandwich.
Paulie's Pork Tenderloin with Cajun Mustard sandwich features plentiful slices of moist, flavorful pork tenderloin piled between the two halves of a fresh, airy bun and complemented by a fair amount of pleasantly piquant Cajun mustard, Bibb lettuce leaves, and slices of ripe tomato.
The Torta de Tinga at 100% Taquito is one of those messy, mostly unsightly savory treats that manages to get consumed in a near-instant.
Ponzo's Original Sub is nothing fancy, ground-breaking, or even unusual; it's just a very satisfying traditional Italian-American sandwich done right.
The Grilled Cheese with Ham is one of the enticing takes on familiar-sounding sandwiches at Revival Market in Houston.
Featuring pork cut from a trompo, pineapple, melted cheese and more, this torta from Mexico's Deli is one of the many temptations at this quaint and great-value west Houston sandwich spot.
When queried about it, the affable cashier offered that it was "like Chick-fil-A, on steroids." Though meant as compliment, that phrase does not do much justice to the Crunchy Chicken sandwich ($10.50) at Local Foods in Houston.
Rice is situated near the heart of Houston, which boasts some of the best and most diverse eating options in the country. Chinese, Cuban, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese eateries are represented, and often more than one of each, plus there are several cafés including a dedicated crêperie.
The 2 Meat Combo with corned beef and roasted turkey at Kenny & Ziggy's in Houston is a slightly less traditional if still delicious way to enjoy "one of the best delis in the country."
Though the lineage from the City of Brotherly Love is unmistakable, Pete's Philly ($9.25) at Market Square Bar & Grill in Houston—with recognizable Texan, Mexican, and Vietnamese components—is also quite reflective of its diverse home metro.
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