We’re looking for the best sandwiches in Houston because we love sandwiches and we love Houston!
Hempstead Highway between the North Loop and Ring Road can be a rather depressing stretch of local road. The only road to Austin from Houston before there was a 290 freeway is still dotted with roadside motels and shaded by train tracks heading west from Texas.
But, these motels are no longer pretty Route 66-style spots with “free cable TV” for weary travelers. They now look a bit like hourly hangouts and are surrounded by mostly industrial warehouses and manufacturers.
Although it doesn’t seem like a fun place for a picnic, LOTS of people work in the area and live nearby. that is how Eats’ Mesquite Grill, 13918 Hempstead Road, not only survived but thrived. On a recent weekday, a buddy and I stopped by and were greeted by a large open kitchen and living room area filled with factory workers and guys in polo shirts and khakis. Obviously the local lunch crowd was pouring in. “It’s like a Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives kind of place,” remarked my friend, quite rightly. There is no doubt that Guy Fieri would be at home in front of the hotplate of this place.
Someone recommended this place to me recently and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been there. It’s about 10 minutes from my house and has a lot of what I love: namely sandwiches. In this case, the one that absolutely skipped off the menu was the grilled ribeye on a hoagie roll. It says “5 to 6 oz” and they weren’t kidding.
Here’s the thing. What they say is what you get. It’s bread and meat. Period. But, there is a full table of fixings including lettuce, tomato, pickles, condiments and even steak sauce which really helped this bad boy. The steak was remarkably tender, sliced quite thin but still quite filling. It had that distinct smoky smell and was cooked to perfection, as requested.
Next time I’ll probably ask for grilled onions and maybe mushrooms, which was on my friend’s grilled chicken hoagie (also excellent). But, overall, just a great sandwich made better by the bread. It was reminiscent of the Royal Bakery po’ boy buns and could have been. The rolls were light, airy with just the slightest chewiness, and they held up well to the weight of the piece of meat.
Eats’ is just a solid place with really good grilled food, especially their sandwiches. And if you don’t have time to stop, head to the convenient drive through the window which was lined with cars from the time we arrived until the time we left. Guess it was just a secret to me. Not anymore.
If you have a sandwich that you think is one of the best in town, contact us. We are always looking for new options.