Between the fact that most of the COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted and it’s summertime here in Houston, we at Proguard know you are just like us and are eager to get back to enjoying some of the city’s great restaurants. While there are plenty already established, we are also excited about the many new ones that have arrived here in Houston. If your taste buds are ready to visit some new Lone Star State dining establishments, here are our recommendations for the best new restaurants to try in Houston over the summer.

Space Cowboy

an outdoor grassy lounge area with lots of seating and people, large yellow umbrellas, and a covered patio

Like its name implies, Space Cowboy is out of this world. Open seven days per week, you can try all kinds of things from its menu. Personally, we suggest giving the Boom Boom Burger a shot (no pun intended). With a side of fries, you get a double patty, onion, American cheese, and the fabulous boom boom sauce that makes this burger complete. Also, we have found many people enjoy Space Cowboy’s Army Fried Rice. Along with kimchi, miso corn, American cheese, and an egg, Army Fried Rice also has a good helping of Spam in it, giving it a surprisingly great flavor. Of course, since it’s also a bar and lounge, it has plenty of fantastic beverages. We suggest you try the Banana Hammock, El Pajaro, and Big Daddy Sam.


smiling man leans against a table with a white tablecloth and a shiny red booth

Found in the heart of Houston Heights, Fegen’s is all about offering classic American food and drinks. With chef and owner Lance Fegen at the helm, Fegen’s is quickly establishing itself as one of the city’s go-to restaurants. When your taste buds are ready for some old-school favorites, we suggest you order such items as Veal and Pork Tomato Gravy and Macaroni, Linguine and Clam Sauce, and a Neapolitan-style pizza that is gaining more and more fans each day. As for Fegen’s cocktails, it goes for many classics as well, so be prepared to have a drink or two that will blow your mind.

Xin Chao

a plate of beef ribs with noodles on a table with a blurred background, next to a cold drink with a decorative flower on top

This restaurant’s name, which means “hello” in Vietnamese, sets the tone for what you can expect when you dine at Xin Chao. Featuring foods prepared by Co-Executive Chefs Tony Nguyen and Christine Ha, who is well-known by many Houstonians for her 2012 win on Gordon Ramsay’s “MasterChef,” Xin Chao is billed as a modern Vietnamese restaurant featuring a contemporary spin on many favorite foods. As for Xin Chao’s menu, we suggest you start with some Viet-Cajun Oysters, then head on to such delicacies as Pork Belly Pao, Smoked Beef Rib Flat Rice Noodles (pictured below), and the fabulous Not Our Ma’s Eggrolls, which we guarantee will leave your taste buds salivating.

Traveler’s Table

a restaurant with an exposed kitchen, high ceiling, rows of empty booths and tables, and large windows

With its emphasis on multi-ethnic cooking styles and the creation of new and unique dishes for its customers, Traveler’s Table is destined to become one of Houston’s best restaurants for many years to come. Located on Westheimer Road, Traveler’s Table offers brunch treats such as Homemade Biscuits and Gravy and the very popular Hawaiian Pancakes. Personally, we think the Cajun Eggs Benedict and the Traveler’s Table Burger are winners. As for dinner, try the Chicken Karaage, Hummus with Lamb Ragu, and the Crispy Pork Belly in Pasilla Sauce. Of course, never forget dessert, which we think should be a piece or two of Mexican Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Lulu’s Italian

If you are like many folks here in Houston, including most of us here at Proguard, you love sitting down to a great Italian meal in an authentic Italian restaurant. Should this describe you, then you have to pay a visit to Lulu’s Italian Restaurant at 204 East Mill Street. Once you have just one meal at Lulu’s, you’ll be hooked for life. Priding itself on serving its customers uncomplicated dishes that showcase the best Italian foods, Lulu’s Executive Chef Jose Monterrosa will dazzle you with such selections as Meatballs and Polenta, Lobster Ravioli, and the Grilled Salmon that features heirloom cauliflower, blistered grapes, and olive oil that is citrus-infused.

a rustic restaurant room with large mirrors on the wall, a chandelier, several empty, small tables with white tablecloths and full place settings, big windows, and wooden floors

Now that you know there are so many great new restaurants here in Houston, you need to get started working up an appetite. To do so, get busy cleaning out your closets, attic, garage, and other areas of your home where you’ve got pile after pile of clothes and other things. Once you’re finished, head on out to your nearest Proguard self-storage facility to find out how easy it is to rent a storage unit that fits your needs. After doing so, we say happy eating! 

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