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4 classic diners to go in Houston

Jason Martinez


HOUSTON, TX — Get yourself a dose of comfort food with these Houston diners that serve classic, no-frills American fare at cheap prices, from breakfast, lunch, or even delightful dessert!

  • Avalon Diner
    2417 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77098

The Avalon Diner once operated along with Avalon Pharmacy and has served lunch and breakfast since 1983. It is also known for excellent small-tread waffles at breakfast and some of the best lunch-counter cheeseburgers out there.

  • House of Pies
    3112 Kirby Dr Houston, TX 77098

This fancy 24-hour diner is perfect for all the sweet tooth when your craving hits! They serve freshly baked pies and cakes to satisfy every taste and also have an all-day menu of generous portions at reasonable prices. Try the omelets and hash browns and don’t miss the multi-layered Bayou Goo and Texas pecan fudge pies!

  • The Buffalo Grille
    4080 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005

Try the pancakes at this beloved Houston classic with its light and fluffy texture, their hotcakes are the size of your plate and will have you coming back for more. Established in 1984, Buffalo Grille has two locations serving some of the best breakfasts around.

The diners can also build their own omelets, enjoy French toast and other egg dishes including huevos rancheros and egg burritos. Get there early on weekends, when lines can snake out the front door.

  • Harry's Restaurant Cafe
    318 Tuam Houston, TX 77006

Harry’s menu combines traditional southern cooking with Latin and Mediterranean influences since 1948. Taking from the owner, the menu features Greek and Ecuadorian heritage dishes such as baklava french toast with honey-vanilla Greek yogurt ice cream, a Greek omelet with feta and spinach, and llapingachos (traditional Ecuadorian potato and cheese patties). You can also enjoy the traditional American breakfast staples and daily lunch specials.

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