Bellaire (The Road)
This road is known for its authentic (and fantastic) Asian dining. There's an entire area of good Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese restaurants.
Take Highway 59 (South) and exit Bellaire Rd. Take a right on Bellaire Rd. and drive for about a mile. You can't miss the area.
Lack of Public Transport
The city is notorious about lack of public transport. The recent rail line from downtown to the Museum District and Astrodome area certainly improved this, but still the hotels that are a good value are not close to this line. There are rush hour bus expresses that are efficient, but useful really only for commuters. Regular bus service is very infrequent, the buses break down often, but are nice, clean and air conditioned.
Best Cheesesteak sandwiches and Sports Bar
This place has a college atmosphere. It is a sports bar and also a restaurant. I can't resist their chips and queso. Also their original cheesesteak sandwich is delicious, you can get your choice of sauce (I like ranch or honey mustard).
Holocaust Museum Houston
A memorial to the Houston-area Holocaust survivors, this museum is a must-see. The exhibit leads you on a journey, via short video and audio clips, writings, and actual artifacts, from the beginnings of Judaism through the aftermath of of WWII. It is both an educational and a very moving experience that will not leave you. You cannot beat the price, either - it's free! They take donations, so there is no entrance fee, and after walking through the inspirational exhibit, you will have no problem offering the money. Located in the museum district, there is no way to miss this building. The design of the structure allows it to be only the thing it is - a Holocaust memorial, and is, in itself, a masterpiece. Also, there is a library and a bookstore, so make sure you get there early in order to get the full experience.
Houston Theater District
The Houston Theater District, located downtown, is Houston's home for the performing arts. Over 2 million people every year visit it's facilities and it ranks 2nd in the United States in total number of theater seats in a downtown area. Only New York City has more. It has permanent residents in all of the performing arts, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, and several theatre companies. Some of the facilities in the Theater District are world-renowned: Jones Hall, the Wortham Center, and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts just to name a few. Events and performances are held year round by the permanent resident companies, as well as visiting companies from all over the world. Many of the local companies, along with the facilities within the Theater District, have received awards and recognition for outstanding performances. The Houston Symphony, with it's relatively short but extensive history, continues to perform some of the greatest concerts the world over, both here at home, as well as on tour. And the newest facility within the Theater District, the Hobby Center, which opened in 2002, has already received numerous awards and hosts premiere events and performances all year long. If you are a fan of the performing arts, the Houston Theater District is sure to have something for your enjoyment!