As the grip of COVID-19 and associated fears subside, restaurant dining rooms feel like sanctuaries again. Regardless, with the promise of fresh air and space to spread out, outdoor seating is still a huge draw for Houstonians. In addition, there are the additional benefits of Bird chirping and people watching – simple joys to cheer you up after being so locked up last year.
Houston has many options for alfresco dining. This also includes east of the city center, especially with the new restaurants that have emerged in recent years. Both EaDo (formerly “old Chinatown”) and the East End District (part of the Second Ward) are nice areas to explore. Each has a special appeal for residents and visitors looking for shady streets, sunny verandas, and an eclectic array of architecture, art exhibits, and community events.
While seats with a couple of tables on the sidewalk are appreciated, they are not included due to the lack of a dedicated patio space. Looking for decks in other parts of the greater Houston area? Check out our huge list of restaurant terraces around the area. There is also a special list for Sugar Land. Look out for more listings of terraces in the neighborhood in the near future.
Cafe food on the Acadian Coast. Photo from content house.
Acadian coast, 2929 Navigation: The street-facing courtyard of this New Orleans-style restaurant has traditional tables and bar seating. The Creole and Cajun-inspired menu includes classic dishes such as Snapper Pontchartrain and Boudin balls. To shake things up there is Grilled Rockefeller oysters Swap the kale and Havarti cheese sauce for traditional spinach and cream. The Shrimp Rogue offers another variant that uses a fermented pepper sauce in addition to blackened shrimp.
Visit for Sunday brunch from 10am to 3pm for favorites like B.suitable served with a choice of Chicory chocolate or Berry compote, Steak & Eggs (44 farms Filet Mignon with Eggs and Potatoes) and decadent Mushroom ravioli filled with fresh crimini mushrooms and walnut butter and soaked in a traditional spicy sauce. Keep the New Orleans vibe going with a hurricane Cocktail made from dark and light rum, orange, passion fruit, lime and grenadine.
Bloody Mary in District 7 EaDo. Courtesy photo.
District 7 Grill Eado, 1508 Hutchins: This oak-shaded courtyard evokes backyard comfort. The fast, casual service at this growing Houston restaurant business contrasts with fine dining like Ösolid hole (braised pork knuckle with grilled asparagus) and cRaven cake with avocado, charred onions and Poblano pepper.
Brunch is served daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose Braised beef Benedict with poached eggs, rocket and hollandaise and a choice of fruit or grits, or the soHoard stack of pancakes. There are oysters too, and these are raw or grilled. Dressing choices for the grilled variety are Buffalo Art, Ham jam or Lemon garlic. District 7 also serves hand-tossed pizzas with a variety of toppings such as: Backyard pizza with artichoke, spinach, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, parmesan, peperoncini, grated mozzarella and red sauce.
Pegasus fountain at El Tiempo on navigation. Photo by Staci Davis.
Time, 2814 navigation: Start your visit with a wish in the Pegasus Fountain, then enjoy the sound of the flowing water as you dine in café style. Order from a classic – and extensive – menu with Mexican standards, including an extensive parradilla (grilled meat). Options include lobster, Carnitas, traditional beef fajitas and more. Each is served on their own fire pit called anafre, which is brought to the table while the meat is still hot and sizzling. Try toppings like Durango, a mix of Tomatoes, bacon, jalapeños and coriander.
For a variation on the enchiladas, try the Jumbo lump crab enchies served with marisco cream or vegetarian red sauce. There is also lighter fare, like the refreshing one Mango and jicama salad included Diced strawberries tossed in a mango sauce with black pepper.
Brunch is served and features on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crpe style pecan pancakes with butter syrup, fruit and fresh pressed orange juice.
Leeland House has two inviting terraces that blogger and Instagrammer Destiny Vaquera seems to be really excited about. Photo of Destiny Vaquera.
Leeland House, 2119 Leeland: This meeting point in the neighborhood has a veranda in the front area and a terrace shaded by sail in the rear area. Choose from light dishes like Thai steak salad that comes with marinated steak, mango, tomato, Thai basil, mint, coriander and chopped peanuts, or grab it Short rib pappardelle with shishito peppers, shiitake mushrooms, Boursin cheese and parmesan. Brunch is served on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and with the occasional live jazz band. The specials include the Big Daddy Benedict served on a croissant with local chorizo and avocado jalapeño crema. Order a pitcher of the Hibiscus mimosa to share with friends.
The terrace at Ninfa’s on Navigation. Photo by Al Torres.
The original ninfas on navigation, 2704 navigation: A shaded and secluded terrace is the perfect place to sample the fajitas that made this long-standing neighborhood gem famous. Of course there are the mainstays: beef, chicken or vegetables, but there are also plenty of creative options. Choose Quail grilled over a wood fire, Diablo prawns wrapped in bacon, Portobello fajitas or Brisket Picadillo Chile Relleno as a base. Next, choose toppings like berry (a combination of tomato, onion, jalapeño and mushroom named after a loyal customer) or Chihuahua (Bacon, cheese, onion and pepper).
The guests’ favorite traditional dishes are Ground beef enchiladas with beef sauce and cheddar cheese and Texas Redfish modernized with Chipotle Aioli, Cole Slaw, Pico de Gallo and Poblano Reis. Wash it with a Ninfarita – a large, tangy margarita made from 100% silver agave tequila. It’s not for the faint of heart, and it isn’t Sangria, made from red wine, tequila, whiskey, fruits and spices. These are available in glasses or jugs.
Ninfa’s serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit for brunch only Red Chile Pork Pozole. This pork hominy soup with avocado, onions, sour cream, and a queso fresco tostada is a traditional hangover remedy. There is also daily Breakfast tacos for less than $ 5 each from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tiny champions terrace at night. Photo by Chelsea Thomas.
Little champions 2617 McKinney: Nancy’s Hustle’s sister restaurant has a spacious back patio. Chef Jason Vaughn and his team prepare naturally leavened pizza, fermented vegetables, and homemade pasta. The Plate with pickled vegetables is a nice starter before moving on to hearty starters. The latter include creative pizzas such as Kale + Swiss chard topped with ricotta, mozzarella and pickled garlic or the Sausage pizza with sausage, mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil, bell pepper and onions.
Other interesting main courses are dishes Saffron Mafalda – is a flat, ribbon-shaped pasta with braised lamb with green olives and orange – and marinade, a chilled mackerel, served with fennel and paprika.
Finally, a sweet treat from the confectioner Julia Doran, like homemade ice cream in flavors like Malt / hazelnut pralines with the diner’s choice of toppings from an extensive list that Toasted meringue or Blackberry Caramel. Beverage specialist Sean Jensen a cool cocktail menu developed with options like Love slider, a mixture of vermouth, mezcal sour, strawberry and fennel and sommelier Bridget Paliwoda has also put together a nice wine list.
Vinny’s hiding place on the terrace. Photo by Julia Weber.
Vinny’s Pizza, 1201 Saint Emanuel: Enjoy a beer and a slice of pizza in this light-flooded industrial atrium. Agricole hospitality partner Ryan Pera, Morgan Weber and Vincent Huynh Make your own local hot peppers 44 farms Beef, craft a whopping 52 ounce pizza and ask for only $ 4 a piece. There are classic pizzas, including cheese pizza with mozzarella and tomato sauce, or more exotic choices such as the meatzilla with hot peppers, Angus beef, fatback bacon, tomato sauce, provolone and chilli flakes. Gluten-free pizza is available upon request.
The menu goes beyond pizza too, with choices like that Big baller Meatball sub served on a The Queen Bolillo with tomato sauce and three types of cheese, and the Judy Chop Salad with homemade pepperoni, blue cheese sprinkles, iceberg lettuce, red onions, tomatoes and with buttermilk dressing.
Has this article been of any use to you? We rely on our readers and sponsors to cover monthly expenses such as authoring and social media fees, administrative expenses, web development, software, online services, website hosting, and more. Can you only deposit $ 5 a month to keep our coverage up? (Not tax deductible.) Thank you in advance for supporting local journalism! To become a sponsorship company and advertise on Houston Food Finder, send us an email.