Northside/Northline and Spring Branch Central see bump in restaurant foot traffic

Houston's food scene is on the upswing, with local restaurants seeing more variety and volume than ever. But which neighborhoods are winning the foot traffic war, and which up-and-comers are making the most headway in attracting diners?

Hoodline analyzed data from SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to find out which neighborhoods have seen the highest volume and biggest percent change in foot traffic from January to February.

Overall, Memorial continued to lead the pack in terms of attracting visitors to neighborhood eateries, with almost 70,000 visits to food and drink spots recorded in February, according to SafeGraph data. Meanwhile, Northside/Northline and Spring Branch Central each saw an upward trend in foot traffic to neighborhood restaurants, with greater than 1.5% growth in visits from January to February.

California Pizza Kitchen was one of the Memorial’s highest-traffic dining spots in February, according to SafeGraph. Located inside Memorial City Mall, the chain eatery offers a menu of inventive pizzas, pastas and salads.

Photo: California Pizza Kitchen/Yelp

When it comes to visitors traveling between restaurants, Northside/Northline attracts the most foot traffic from residents of the Eastex-Jensen area.

Where are hungry visitors heading? According to SafeGraph data, Golden Seafood House attracted the most traffic in the neighborhood in February. Located at 6828 Airline Dr., the local chain serves seafood dishes, including the well-known ceviche mariscos and grilled or fried red snapper. The restaurant was one of Central Northwest foodies’ favorites in February.

Photo: Vic C./Yelp

Another trending neighborhood, Spring Branch Central, attracted 1.7% more restaurant foot traffic in February than in the previous month. One of the most-visited dining spots in the neighborhood was Shan Hu Chinese Restaurant.

Located at 1302 Blalock Rd. (inside H Mart), the eatery offers traditional Chinese cuisine, including authentic Ja Jang Myun (noodles with soybean sauce). Residents of Memorial and Addicks Park Ten tended to visit this restaurant during February.

Ja Jang Myun at Shan Hu Chinese Restaurant | PHOTO: ANGELA A./YELP

While Memorial is a hotspot for restaurant foot traffic, Memorial residents also loved to eat at Greater Uptown and Spring Branch West restaurants in February, according to SafeGraph data.

Eldridge/West Oaks residents seemed to be the most outgoing in Houston, as they tended to eat out more compared to other neighborhoods in February. According to SafeGraph data, they loved to visit restaurants in Briarforest Area and Memorial.