Artichoke dip and chips are a must appetizer (or dinner for some) in Houston. It is like eating pancakes without syrup – unheard of. Looking around Houston, it is hard to narrow down the list of mouthwatering artichoke dips because there are so many. Here are some favorite places to try this creamy dish.


The Black Labrador
4100 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX
(713) 529-1199

Price: $9.25
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Black Labrador brings the heart of England to Houston mixing American flavors with England’s favorite foods. Providing the feel like you have stepped right into an English pub, the spinach and artichoke dip at The Black Labrador is out of this world. Blended with sour cream and seasoning, the dip is topped with cheesy Monterrey Jack and Parmesan. It’s served with hot tortilla chips, but pair it with the fish and chips and chocolate-chocolate chip brownie for dessert to make your meal complete. Be sure to head upstairs to The Cezanne for live jazz music almost every weekend.


Café Mezza and Grill
6100 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 334-2000

Price: $10.50
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Mixing the best of the Mediterranean flavors with American food, Chef Mike Tibi brings out a healthy and delicious combination at Café Mezza and Grill. The spinach and artichoke dip is served with sour cream, picante salsa and homemade tortilla chips. But that’s just to start. Enjoy also the kabobs, pastas, salads, hummus and sandwiches inside with your spouse, family and friends, or sit outside enjoying the sights and sounds of Houston. Make sure to keep an eye out for Chef Tibi. He has been known to take customer’s orders. Where everyone is family, Café Mezza will sure to make an impression on your taste buds.


Alicia’s Mexican Grille
12002 Richmond Ave. Ste 100
Houston, TX 77082
(713) 575-2550

Price: Under $11.95
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Owned and run by David Herrera, Alicia’s has become a Houston favorite to bring family, friends, and to watch the big game all while enjoying some of the best Tex-Mex Houston has to offer. One of the favorite dishes to eat while waiting for dinner to arrive is the artichoke dip. Rich in flavor, you will keep asking for it every time you come. Other dishes to try are the enchiladas, nachos, tamales and the ice cream will add a little sweetness to your dinner.

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Baba Yega
2607 Grant St.
Houston, TX
(713) 522-0042

Price: Under $8
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 10 p.m. to 9 p.m

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head down to Montrose and eat at Baba Yega. Hidden beneath the trees, flowers and waterfall you will find some of the tastiest food in the city. Before eating your Sunday brunch or your favorite dish, be sure to try the artichoke dip. Blended with a trifecta of cheesy goodness (Parmesan, Swiss and Provolone), it is a great starter to bring out all of the flavors in the dip and complements the burgers, salads, and most of the other dishes. Bring your favorite people, time to eat, relax and enjoy the warmth Baba Yega has to offer in the food, people and atmosphere.


Rustika Café
3237 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 665-6226

Price: Under $5.95
Hours: Mon – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues to Fri – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rustika Café knows how to make artichoke dip sing in your mouth. A popular favorite not just to eat for lunch or for dinner, but also for parties at the School of Lil’ Chefs. Its spinach artichoke dip is a melange of baby spinach, artichoke arts and smoked cheeses. But make sure you try many of the other delightful dishes such as the crepes, migas, fish tacos, tortilla soup and any baked good. Bringing out many of the Mexican flavors in the food, you cannot go wrong with Rustika Café.

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Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and in a short amount of time using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at