Pasadena Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Pasadena

April 14, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Pasadena /ˌpæsəˈdiːnə/ is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city's population is 149,043, making it the seventeenth most populous city in the state of Texas, as well as the second-largest city in Harris County. The area was founded in 1893 by John H. Burnett of Galveston, who named the area after Pasadena, California, because of the perceived lush vegetation.
Things to do in Pasadena

1. Antonio's Italian Grill & Seafood

1105 Center St, Deer Park, TX 77536-3211 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 281-479-0605
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Antonio's Italian Grill & Seafood

Reviewed By Theresa T - Deer Park, Texas

We have dinner here at least once a week. Never had a bad meal!! They have the best homemade Tiramisu ever!! And don't forget to ask for triangle bread.

2. Jimmy Changas

5144 Center St, Pasadena, TX 77505-1839 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Delivery, Television, Free Wifi Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 713-575-2700
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Jimmy Changas

Jimmy Changas is a family of full-service Fresh. Mex. Fun. restaurants around the greater Houston area. All restaurants serve the highest quality Mexican food, offer a full bar and are open daily Sunday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, with a "Fresh. Mex. Fun" approach.

Reviewed By banj2015 - Houston, Texas

Really liked the place. The servers were excellent. Although the place is large and crowded the service was great. Because there were many customers, had to wait. The wait was worth. Food was excellent and staff was very friendly.
Do not have vegetarian dishes but can take meat out of some items and order. That way it is vegetarian friendly.

3. City Cafe

513 College Ave, South Houston, TX 77587-4201 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 713-944-3710
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 24 reviews

City Cafe

Reviewed By Ronatringside - Phoenix, Arizona

This place has withstood the test of time, not by accident, but by design. The City Cafe has been around since the early 50s, not much has changed other than recently banning smoking in the joint. You can order off the menu or hit the buffet line, they both are equally as good. The homestyle cooking has kept me coming back. My first visit was back in high school and as luck would have it, my Pop lives near by. When I visit from Arizona, The City Cafe is my first stop. The portions are huge and made from scratch, they use the finest ingredients and and do not skimp on quality and portions. I have never had a bad meal here, the parking lot is always full so that tells the place must be doing something right.

4. Andy's Hog Wild Barbecue

2826 Dedman St, Pasadena, TX 77503-4224 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 281-487-7388
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 115 reviews

Andy's Hog Wild Barbecue

Reviewed By Gershwin12 - Forest Hills, New York

Love Texas BBQ and could not leave this great state without one last fix. Traveling to Houston from Galveston having little time to sit and enjoy a meal, we stopped at Andy's for take out to eat a the airport. Service was friendly and efficient. The brisket was nicely seasoned and moist; multiple napkins were needed to lop off the drippings from fingers and chins but better yet we used the complimentary white bread and enjoyed dipping into the savory sauce. Macaroni and cheese was creamy and satisfying. The menu was extensive offerings BBQ sandwiches, burgers, meat plates, sides, salads desserts, baked potatoes and non-alcoholic beverages.

5. Bibi's House of Kabob

3121 Center St, Deer Park, TX 77536-5061 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 281-542-7777
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Bibi's House of Kabob

Reviewed By tleeEvans - Houston, Texas

went for lunch on a Friday, very busy. I got the Gyro salad. It was very large and the meat was very good, not overly spicy like some greek meat can be. I was not fond of the toasted pita wedges that came with the salad, as they were over toasted. My husband got the gyro plate, which was plenty of good as well. The service was very good. At lunch time you go up to the counter to order and they will give you a number which is placed at your table and than they will bring the food out to you. At dinner time, you sit down and they bring you a menu. Their selection of dishes is extensive. Would go back

6. The Brisket House

3217 Center St, Deer Park, TX 77536-5059 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 281-884-8058
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

The Brisket House

Reviewed By Randy R

Sauce is on the side like it should be. Brisket is very tender and falls apart could use a little salt and pepper. Turkey is the best. Sausage cooked perfect and great flavor. Best side is the baked potato salad

7. Credeur's Cajun Cookin' LLC

7121 Spencer Hwy, Ste 120, Pasadena, TX 77505-1800 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +1 281-930-7268
Excellent
89%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 59 reviews

Credeur's Cajun Cookin' LLC

Reviewed By Stan H - Pasadena, Texas

Hey this is Cajun cooking at it's best!!! Brand new place around the corner from the old 6915 Spencer Hwy. Where there is no parking problems now. Crawfish season is here and this place is the best. The Etouffee is amazing! Live band on Saturday's so what are you waiting for. See you Saturday!!! Stan H

8. Texas Roadhouse

3033 E Sam Houston Pkwy S, Pasadena, TX 77503-4019 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Steakhouse Dinner, Lunch +1 281-998-0779
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is a steak restaurant providing legendary food with legendary service. Texas Roadhouse specializes in hand-cut steaks, fresh-baked bread, fall-off-the-bone-ribs, and made-from-scratch sides. We also serve ice cold beer and legendary margaritas. Treat your family and friends to a night at Texas Roadhouse.

Reviewed By Diane W

Have eaten at this establishment many times mostly on Sundays and some special ocassions.
The staff are always friendly and polite.
Lately after three or four visits, we have noticed that the noise level has become overwhelming. Today was much louder than usual as we were unable to speak without shouting and were unable to hear either. The loudest and most dreaded events are birthday songs as these are sung so loudly it actually scares you when they announce and begin singing.
Today the wait staff were line dancing which seemed awkward and obtrusive for those needing to get past them.
We finally came to the conclusion that instead of having lunch in a restaurant,
we were instead having lunch in a nightclub. Sadly, we have decided not to
return to this establishment or to recommend it to others that can not tolerate the extremely high noise level.
We were supposed to have dinner with friends here Friday, but are cancelling and will visit a quieter restaurant.
By the way, the food here is fine, though the last few times it has been slow on getting orders out thirty minutes at least.
We recommend this establishment to those looking for a party atmosphere or that are not bothered by the extreme noise.

9. Papa Yolk's Grill

5824 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505-2304 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 281-741-0626
Excellent
60%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Papa Yolk's Grill

Reviewed By Pasadena4325 - Pasadena, Texas

This family run restaurant serves home style cooking with a smile. Very popular with locals and busy for breakfast and early lunches.

10. Don'key's Mexican Food

5010 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505-1508 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 +1 281-487-1253
Excellent
42%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 108 reviews

Don'key's Mexican Food

Reviewed By t0ny2679 - McAllen, Texas

Absolutely the very best plate of fajitas that we have ever had in a restaurant. We, my wife and I, went to Don'Key's not knowing what to expect having read several mixed reviews but we really wanted fajita's in/or around the Pasadena area, without having to venture to far away. We followed the maze from the parking lot into the restaurant, and told the host, that we wanted to sit on the patio as it was a really nice autumn evening, he told us it was first come first serve and to sit wherever we liked. As we hit the patio the "pride of Don'Key's" hit us and his name was Dillon. He immediately sat us and started selling. I asked about the margarita's and he sold me on that, as well as some queso dip, nicely done by the way. Then I asked about their fajita's and immediately he told me about the famous fajita's, that we absolutely had to try, so we did. I was so convinced that these thing had to be outstanding otherwise I would have been disappointed, trust me when I say I was not disappointed at all. The fajita's were even more impressive than Dillon had told us. Absolutely these were the best straight fajita's that I have ever had. Now I have been eating out for the better part of fifty years so whe I tell you they were impressive understand they are impressive. Little to no seasoning just straight grilled fajita's served with grilled onions, a little pico, gauc., and sour cream. The meat was tender and plentiful, between the two of us I had to force down the last couple of strips, but it was so good. Truly an outstanding dining experience that we were both impressed with.
The service was outstanding as Dollion servered as our host, server and cashier, the salesmanship was just right, and the food and drinks were spot on. We will be back and our sombrario goes off to the outstanding server, cook and bartender as it was an amazing team effort lead by the amazing Dillon. Great job, and Thanks again.

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