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Located in Houston's Montrose neighborhood, Paulie's has been a community staple for over 20 years. It's locally known for its famous shortbread cookies and award-winning homemade pasta. Paulie's is also known to make a mighty fine sandwich. This laidback, local haunt is one of the few authentic Italian establishments in Houston. Folks craving traditional, housemade Italian cuisine flock to Paulie's to enjoy some of the city's finest Meditteranean cuisine. In terms of sandwiches, for about $10 guests can order a huge Italian-style submarine sandwich full of ham, salami, and provolone. Grilled paninis are also really popular, stuffed with tomatoes, Italian sausage, mozzarella, pesto and topped with grilled onions and peppers. Paulie's also offers another Italian sandwich favorite, the meatball slider. All orders come with a generous side of Italian potato salad. For such a quaint, order-at-the-counter restaurant, Paulie's was recognized as one of the Most Unexpectedly Romantic Restaurants in Houston and was awarded the 2018 Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year. Additionally, Zagat awarded Paulie's as one of Houston's Best Restaurants With Great Coffee. If you have the room, consider sampling one of Paulie's signature iced shortbread cookies. The recipe comes from combining an Italian grandmother’s pizzelle recipe and an Irish grandmother’s shortbread recipe to create one of the softest cookies you'll ever experience. A perfect accompaniment to their great coffee selection.
As a bonus, Paulie's likes to keep the atmosphere light and casual, and they welcome patrons to BYOB to enjoy with their meal. Cover photo courtesy of Pixabay.