Hungarian Restaurants in Houston

Plate of Hungarian goulash.
Plate of Hungarian goulash.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Houston is the largest city in Texas, with 2.2 million residents. Houston is home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located. The city's multicultural diversity has greatly influenced restaurant life, with cuisine coming from many parts of the world, including a strong Eastern European influence with a touch of Hungarian flare. Anyone hoping for a hearty goulash, some steaming hot pierogi, juicy stuffed cabbage or moist apple strudel can find them at one of Houston's Hungarian restaurants.
Kenny & Ziggy's

Owner Ziggy Gruber's grandfather migrated from his home city of Budapest, Hungary, to New York City. Ziggy later partnered with Lenny and Kenny Friedman from the Bronx and opened a New York-style Eastern European deli in Houston, named Kenny and Ziggy's. The restaurant offers kishka (a Hungarian sausage), blintzes (a cross between a pancake and a crepe), and pierogi (baked dumplings stuffed with various meats) to the Houston metropolitan area. Prices are reasonable; as of March 2010, dishes range from $10 to $20.

Kenny & Ziggy's
2327 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056
713-871-8883
kennyandziggys.com

Charivari

Chef Johann Schuster, owner of Charivari, was born in Eastern Europe, in Transylvania, Romania. He trained to be a chef at the Culinary Institute of Hermanstadt in Romania. He's now brought his Eastern European cuisine to Houston, including his classic apple strudel and his Linzer torte, a tart or cookie with a lattice design on top of the pastry. Prices are moderate to expensive; as of March 2010, lunch ranges in price from $10 to $35.

Charivari
2521 Bagby
Houston, Texas 77006
713-521-7231
charivarirest.com/lunch.html

Rudi Lechner's Restaurant

Rudi Lechner's has been in Houston for 30 years and is known as a German restaurant that serves many Hungarian signature dishes. Stuffed cabbage appetizer starts at the reasonable rate of $6.95. If you're really in the mood for the quintessential Hungarian meal, have the Hungarian goulash, tender beef tips simmered in a spicy paprika sauce, with homemade spaetzel. Finish the night off with the apple strudel, filled with raisins, walnuts, apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. As of March 2010, entrees range in price from approximately $10 to $30.

Rudi Lechner's Restaurant
2503 South Gessner
Houston, TX 77063
713-782-1180
rudilechners.com/index.htm

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