Keeping kosher? Houston has a variety of local restaurants serving authentic, kosher-certified fare. Whether you keep kosher for religious reasons or dietary restrictions, you’ll find delicious foods – from traditional to modern interpretations of classics – at these Houston establishments.
For those not familiar with Jewish cuisine, “kosher” is a Yiddish word that means “suitable,” “pure,” and disease-free. Click here for more information about kosher establishments in Houston.
Sigmund, Sol, and Max Jucker came to Houston from Poland after surviving the Nazi occupation and opened Three Brothers Bakery in 1949. Rising from humble beginnings, their bakeries have become iconic in Houston. There you can still find European style breads, pastries, cookies, and many other award-winning desserts. For kosher foods, make sure to visit the bakery’s Braeswood location, which is certified dairy and pareve kosher. The other two locations on Memorial and Washington Ave. are not kosher.
The oldest kosher restaurant in Houston, Saba’s Restaurant opened in 2001 serving Houstonians a variety of kosher foods. Its menu has plenty to choose from, including pizza, sushi and Israeli favorites like babagnoush and jachnun.
Israeli cuisine meets Chinese food at Saba’s Grill & Wok. The sister restaurant to Saba’s opened in 2017 and is certified Glatt Kosher (a higher standard than kosher). Choose from Chinese-American dishes to chicken wings, burgers, wraps and salads. Saba’s Grill & Wok also serves a vegetarian menu with specialties like lo mein, tofu, and broccoli.
Green Vegetarian Cuisine focuses not only to high-quality vegetarian and kosher options, but also dishes suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets. The restaurant also prides itself on striving for a small carbon footprint. With daily specials and a selection of grilled meats, you won’t be disappointed by Green’s cuisine.
This family owned restaurant serves Israeli and Middle Eastern kosher foods that will make you feel at home. On the menu at Dino’s, you’ll find a variety of foods that are sure to please every taste. The restaurant serves hummus and falafel plates, borekas, salads, grilled meats, salads and vegetarian dishes.
Genesis Steakhouse & Wine Bar (pictured at top)
Fans of the now-closed Suzie’s Mediterranean Grill won’t want to pass up Genesis Steakhouse. Started by Susan Goldstein’s son, Jason Goldstein, Genesis was the first kosher steakhouse in the Southwestern United States. On the menu you’ll find fresh salads, aged beef cuts, burgers and tasty appetizers like short rib tacos and ceviche. The restaurant also has a sushi bar and serves brunch. Its separate dining rooms are ideal for all functions, from business luncheons to parties.
My Pita is the one of the few Glatt Kosher meat restaurants in Houston, and also functions as a full service kosher pareve (non-dairy) bakery. Their pita bread can be found in HEB, Belden’s, and Central Market grocery stores, but the restaurant itself sells delicious Israeli foods and fresh-baked bread, including pita and challah.
New York Bagels started in New York during the postwar era of World War II. The family moved the shop to Houston in 1975 and has seen success ever since. Enjoy classic varieties like sesame or whole wheat, as well as some more unique flavors like sun-dried tomato and cranberry nut. They also have an extensive restaurant menu, featuring omelettes, sandwiches, burgers, as well as kosher hot dogs and knockwurst.
The menu at Laykie’s Gourmet Café at the J is always changing. The restaurant inside the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC in Meyerland offers a wide culinary variety of meat, dairy and pareve items and will customize each menu to your special celebration. On the menu you’ll find a variety of sandwiches, salads, paninis and sweets. Note the restaurant is only open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 p.m. to 2 p.m.