Houston Eats Roundup | Ghost Hand Pasta, Phat Eatery, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Daboba

To better centralize my photography, I’m starting to post monthly summaries of what I ate in Houston as Eating with Stephano!

For 2022, I set a goal to try 100 different new (to me) restuarants and cafes. In January, I managed to post 5 local eateries: Ghost Hand Pasta, Daboba, Gordon Street Tavern, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, and Phat Eatery. Keep on reading to see how they tasted.

Ghost Hand Pasta

Horror themed pasta 👻🙏🍝!

Started as a pop-up, Ghost Hand Pasta now has a permanent kitchen located inside of wine bar How to Survive on Land & Sea.

2 metal trays of pasta
Two plates of pasta made by Ghost Hand Pasta.

I was drawn in by their macabre theme which is very goth of me, I know. Each of their pastas’ names allude to popular horror films. I ordered the That Scene from the Exorcist which is squid ink pope hats filled with mortadella, tossed in split pea butter, topped with chili crema, mint, and crunchy wasabi peas. The Razor Blade Free Candy dish is butternut squash caramelles tossed in brown sage butter, topped with roasted pecans and gorgonzola cheese. I loved both of them and found the shapes really fun to eat! Check them out if you love creative and freshly made pasta with a side of spook 😱!

Ghost Hand Pasta (located inside How to Survive Land and Sea)
3401 Harrisburg Blvd
Houston, TX 77003
[open in Google Maps]

Daboba Houston

Daboba is the bear-y latest bubble tea shop to arrive in Houston! They invited me to come try some of their drinks during soft opening.

three cups of milk tea from Daboba
three drinks from Daboba: roasted brown sugar pearl matcha, honey golden pearl green tea, honey golden pearl roasted oolong milk tea

This bubble tea brand is from Malaysia and is known for their signature brown sugar drinks. I recommend getting the toasted version for a little extra creme brulee crunch. Their drinks aren’t too sweet either! Their 100% tastes like 70% at other places. I like that they have patio seating as well!

Overall, the drinks are good, but you can also find similar drinks at other tea shops.

Daboba Houston (located in Universal Shopping Center)
11360 Bellaire Blvd Ste. 80
Houston, TX 77072
[open in Google Maps]

Gordon Street Tavern

Gordon Street Tavern is a classic western-style pub. Stopped by this pub located inside a historic saloon building in Alvin, TX. The building is 100 years old! The variety of the menu really surprised me and everything we ordered was good. Worth a stop if you’re ever in the area.

What I ordered: huevo (egg) in purgatory, fish and chips, toast aux champignons, pork milanesa, house made root beer

Gordon Street Tavern
114 N Gordon St.
Alvin, TX 77511
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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

This Memphis fried chicken is perfection! I finally tried Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken on Washington and it lived up to expectations. The hot and spicy chicken was perfectly crunchy with the slight kick of spice. The combo plate normally comes with beans, but I subbed it for their sharp and creamy macaroni; the waitress said the macaroni was extra creamy that day. I don’t often crave fried chicken, but Gus fulfilled my craving 😋.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken – Houston
1815 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
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Phat Eatery

I finally tried Phat Eatery after seeing so many rave reviews of it! It took me awhile to go since I’m not in Katy very often. I visited after going to tasting at GiAu Bar right across the street.

Nasi lemak is considered Malaysia’s national dish 🇲🇾! It consists of several components such as fragrant rice, fried egg, sambal, anchovies, and a protein. Phat Eatery’s version has a delicious curry chicken for meat.

I really wanted to try this dish after watching Steven Lim cooking it for his parents on Watcher’s I Made A $385 Breakfast Bowl For My Parents • Dish Granted video. While I don’t have the same emotional connection to the food as he did, I loved the dish. The different components are fun to eat!

Make sure to order some of their oh so buttery roti canai appetizer as well! My friend ordered the Hainanese chicken, too, which also was also nice.

Phat Eatery
23119 Colonial Parkway Suite B-2
Katy, TX 77449
[open in Google Maps]

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