The CATI neighborhood and surrounding areas have plenty of good options for a quick meal during the lunch break or for dinner after class. Click the links in the list below the map for GPS directions.

You know we’d never knowingly steer you wrong, but we don’t necessarily endorse every location. Look for the CATI FAVE icon for CATI staff, client and student favorites.


Area 1

Chipotle – fast food design-your-own burritos, tacos & bowls

McAlister’s Deli – counter-serve sandwiches, baked potatoes, etc.

Cavalli Pizza – counter-serve wood-fired pizza

Salsas – TexMex with table-side guac and salsa bar

Whiskey Cake – farm-to-table, hip vibe, all the whiskey you could want, and leave room to split the whiskey cake for dessert. Reservations recommended.

Cowboy Chicken – counter-serve wood-fired rotisserie chicken, tacos, sides.

Freshiis counter-serve fresh salads, wraps, soups, burritos etc.

Gipsy Lime Tacos – TexMex and sports bar

54th Street – American menu and drinks

Area 2

Fish City Grill – Southern-style seafood with infinite daily specials

Torchy’s Tacos – street tacos including breakfast tacos and bar

Snappy Salads – counter-serve build-your-own fresh salads and wraps

Pie Five – counter-serve design-your-own pizza “in five minutes,” special pricing on Mondays, GF & dairy free options

Five Guys – fast food burger chain, peanuts while you wait

Pei Wei – counter-serve Asian with fresh noodle and rice bowls, sushi, poke, etc.

Sauce Pizza & Wine – counter-serve unique pizzas, pasta, panini plus beer and wine

Original Chop Shop – counter-serve fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, rice bowls, smoothies, breakfast, acai bowls etc.

Area 3

Urban Eatz – counter-serve American menu with salads, sandwiches etc.

The Ranch – menu and bar, farm to table, unique game dishes, delicious smoked chicken. Reservations recommended.

Post Oak Smokehouse – BBQ restaurant with pit-smoked meats and classic southern sides

Tacomex – counter-serve street tacos and sides. Best tacos in the area for the money. Unique vibe.

Cool River – steakhouse and cigar bar with billiards and live music on the weekend

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – counter-serve Baja-style tacos plus beer and margaritas in a refurbished service station

The Blue Fish – sushi and other Japanese entrees with bar and DJ on the weekends

Area 4

Empa Mundo – counter-serve craft empanadas

Lohas Teriyaki – counter-serve rice bowls and drinks

Po Melvin’s – Cajun-influenced American menu

Southern Recipe – mom and pop cafe from catfish to pancakes with chips and salsa served while you wait

Area 5

iFratelli Pizza – thin-crust pizza for carry out or delivery

Spirit Grille – sports bar with American pub menu, poker, trivia and karaoke

Via Real – Southwestern & TexMex plus large tequila selection

Area 6

Pho Empire – Vietnamese fare with noodle soups, spring rolls and plenty of vegetarian selections

Pho Legacy – large Vietnamese menu with pho, noodles, and rice plates plus bubble teas

Maki Boy – mom & pop sushi shop with teriyaki and tempura plus smoothies

Skillman Wok – large traditional Chinese menu in strip mall mom & pop storefront for carry out or delivery 

Area 7

Bangkok Orchid – casual Thai menu with curries and small plates

Argentina Bakery – coffee shop with delicious Argentine pastries and cakes and fresh empanadas

Giovanni’s Pizzeria – counter-serve pizzeria with classic Italian dishes for dine-in and carry-out

The Catch – Cajun-style seafood with chicken options and cajun sides

La Margarita – Mexican menu with updated classics

Area 8

El Fenix – classic TexMex fare from long-standing chain restaurant

Olive Garden – Italian chain with pastas and salads

Pollo Loco – fast food Mexican classics with fire-grilled chicken

Aspen Creek Grill – homestyle American menu with full bar