The Definitive Guide to Houston

Neighborhood Favorite, Paulie’s

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Houston restaurants are renowned, and for good reason: They’re as plentiful as they are delicious. With so many fantastic options, it can be difficult to choose favorites… until it isn’t.

Paulie’s is a family-owned Montrose gem with a sprawling menu full of Italian goodness. They offer a bit of everything, including house-made pasta, pizzas, salads, and paninis. They also boast an espresso bar, a well-curated selection of wine and beer, and a smorgasbord of desserts, like their famous decorated shortbread cookies.

Paulie’s is welcoming and bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern décor. Their menu is hand-written on a giant wall-mounted chalkboard, and you order at the counter and pick up your food when it’s ready. Though lines can get long, the wait is worth it – the staff is amazing, ready with recommendations and more than happy to answer your questions.

To refuel after a day of shopping or museum hopping, go for the Fusilli Pasta with Pesto – fresh, house-made pasta topped with olives, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese. If classic Italian is more your style, you’ll love the Spaghetti & Meatballs or Fettuccine Alfredo. Don’t hesitate to go in for a glass of wine or beer with your meal – happy hour selections are available daily from 12-4PM.

If you can make it for dinner, take advantage of their daily specials, like Eggplant Parmigiana or Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Top tip: Portions are heaping, and can be ordered in small or large sizes. Unless you’re sharing your meal or love leftovers, a small will probably do it for you.

For dessert, you may want to try a famous shortbread cookie, but you needn’t limit yourself: Paulie’s has a whole display of treats, and you really can’t go wrong. Road-less-traveled-by cookie enthusiasts should try the peanut butter cookie (dipped in chocolate), while folks who prefer ice cream should go for a scoop or two from local Cloud 10 Creamery. Paulie’s also offers cakes, bread pudding, and a delicious Affogato: a scoop or two of gelato, drowned in espresso. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.

Paulie’s is open from 11AM-9PM Monday through Saturday, with happy hour every day from 12-4PM. They’re closed Sunday. They have their own parking lot behind the restaurant, and neighborhood street parking is also available. Don’t wait too long to check them out – you’ll love this tasty Italian neighborhood spot!

1834 Westheimer Road // (713) 807-7271 //

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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