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You Gotta Try This: Pondicheri in Houston

Addie Broyles

In today’s Statesman, you’ll find the newest issue of Real magazine, and in it, I have a story about the 36-hour eating tour I recently took to Houston. In a day and a half, I hit Revival Market, Anvil, Underbelly, La Fisheria, an Astros game at Minute Maid Park and Pondicheri, which was one of my favorite stops.

You can click here to read the full report about each of the restaurants/markets/bars, but here’s a glimpse at what I loved at this modern Indian cafe on Kirby Drive:

Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby Drive. 713-522-2022,

Out of all the food I ate over the course of the day and a half in Houston, none sticks in my mind as much as breakfast at Pondicheri, a modern Indian cafe located in the kind of mixed retail complex off Kirby Drive that Austinites are starting to get used to.

At the suggestion of my breakfast companion, I skipped a savory breakfast dosa or thali (the round stainless steel plates filled with small portions of curries, rices and sauces) and opted instead for the bostock ($5), an almost French toast-like piece of brioche topped with a layer of gently stewed plums, perfectly toasted sliced almonds and a healthy pinch of salt to balance the sweet.

With a breakfast menu alone that features crepes, omelets and even masala eggs, I can’t wait to explore the lunch and dinner menus, which offer traditional and fusion takes on Indian favorites.

I did get a sample of the treasures in the dessert case, where you’ll find the most interesting baked goods, including both a blond and a chocolate “fudge” made using chickpea flour and topped with pumpkin seeds and a sesame ball infused with cardamom.