Chengdu Taste, ranked nationally by food critics as one of the best Sichuan restaurants in America, has landed in Houston’s Chinatown. The restaurant first opened its doors in 2013 in Los Angeles, and has since expanded to a variety of California, Las Vegas, Hawaii and now Houston locations. The casual eatery has a BYOB policy, which means guests can bring beer or wine to the restaurant, or stop by nearby Korean grocers, H-Mart, while waiting for a table.
Once inside, menu options like the toothpick lamb – a dish of fried lamb cubes tossed in a spicy blend of chilies, sesame, and cumin, are a fan favorite. Another classic is the mung bean jelly noodles, a cold dish with a spicy kick of fresh chilies, fried peanuts, sesame seeds, black vinegar and fermented beans.
Chengdu is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m.