Sometimes you just don’t have hours to spend enjoying a meal. Whether you’re on your lunch break or grabbing something on the go in between your kids’ extracurricular activities, it’s good to have a roster of fast-casual eateries already on your radar. Since there are so many restaurants in Memorial Heights, Houston, you’ll have no problem finding a spot to grab a quick meal not far from home. Here are a few of our favorites, backed by glowing customer reviews.
Savor European Fare with Local Flair at the Urban Market
Urban Market at Urban Eats has two components, the bistro and the market. When you’re in a hurry, the Urban Market is where you should go for locally sourced eats. Sandwiches and salads taken right from the bistro’s menu are ready to grab-and-go at the Urban Market, featuring gourmet components such as freshly baked bread, infused olive oils, and locally crafted jams. Pick up the truffled 3 Pig mac and cheese with bacon, ham, and pancetta, the sundried tomato and prosciutto meatloaf sandwich, or just a cup of coffee and a tart at Urban Market.
Good Luck Finding Anything Made Off-Site at Velvet Taco
Slow-roasted chicken and corn, warm tortillas, and virtually everything else on the menu at Velvet Taco originate in-house. Its chefs have a reputation for crafting everything from scratch, which is maybe why Velvet Taco has stolen more than a few fans from rival taco joint Torchy’s. Step up to the counter at Velvet Taco and place your order for chicken, fish, pork, beef, or veggie tacos, then wait a few minutes while the chefs quickly whip it up. You can also grab an entire rotisserie chicken to-go (along with all the fixings you need to make it a meal) if you just knock at Velvet Taco’s back door.
Healthy Mediterranean Food in a Fast-Casual Environment at VertsKebap
Grub shouldn’t have to be greasy and fatty in order to be considered fast food. The minds behind VertsKebap have taken steps to ensure that busy eaters have at least one healthy option. Their small chain of fast-casual eateries offers fresh, healthy Mediterranean cuisine to go, served as either kebap flatbread sandwiches, wraps, or salads. All you have to do is choose one of the aforementioned foundations, decide on stuffings like beef and lamb or falafel, and pick your veggies, sauces, and other garnishes. Then VertsKebap’s staff will assemble your salad or sammy in a hurry.
Only Boring Eaters Order Beef Burgers at Sammy’s Wild Game Grill
If you’ve ever bitten into a burger and thought, “I wish this was water buffalo instead of beef,” now you finally know that you weren’t alone. The founders of Sammy’s Wild Game Grill take fast food to the next level by crafting burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches with wild game instead of your typical pork and beef. For instance, you can order a burger crafted with water buffalo, venison, elk, antelope, or even kangaroo meat instead of typical beef (though Angus is on the menu, too). The “sausage dogs” showcase some of the same game, plus lamb, duck, pheasant, and a blend of rabbit and veal, embellished with toppings such as feta cheese and purple cabbage. If you want to try wild boar, then order the barbecue pulled wild boar sandwich with cilantro coleslaw.
If you have more time to sit and stay a while, see our guide to more formal dining options and nightlife in Memorial Heights for some fresh ideas.