5655 Hillcroft Street
Houston, TX 77036
Tucked away in a strip center on Hillcroft, Shri Balaji Bhavan has been serving Udupi-style South Indian cuisine for over 20 years. The vegetarian restaurant is casual, with a large menu and a constant stream of satisfied customers.
Small plates are the way to go here,making sure to include the Papdi Chaat, a plate of flour crisps topped with chickpeas, mint and tamarind chutneys, spices, and pomegranate seeds, among other flavors. Don’t miss the Puri: crunchy puffed shells overflowing with ingredients like potatoes, onions, chutney, and tomatoes.
You’ll want a mango lassi to cool off, or a milky Madras-style coffee.