fandango: Excellent Chicken Fajita
This restaurant on weisthiemer road is a joint for Mexican food. The crowd is noisy at times (cant blame - Its the weisthiemer after all). Magarritas are yummy. Unlike the chain restaurants, the food is authentic mexican.
Favorite Dish: Chicken fajita with frozen Magaritas - Absolute DelightRelated to:
Irmas South West Grill: A nice place for Lunch in the Downtown
warm welcome, a very american crowd, the resto is much more american in ambience but the food is definitely tex mex
Favorite Dish: Large portions so unless you are very hungry dont order combinations or specials.
i had just one cheese enchilada and it cames with mountains of nachos.. i could hardly finish it ..
Taste is just ordinary so you come here for lunch not for a gourmet experience
Landry's Seafood House: Great Seafood, Family Upscale
I’ve been to Landry’s three times now, for three consecutive Thanksgiving meals. The first two times were EXTREMELY pleasing and the thought of it makes me wish it were November already. (Note: The Thanksgiving of 2011 left a bit to be desired but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.) The seafood is amazing: especially the salmon and tilapia. The waiters and waitresses are dressed nicely in white button down shirts with black ties, and prices are higher than you would normally pay. Needless to say, we don’t come here with big parties or every day use. But it’s nice every now and then to pay/eat above normal seafood.
*If you find yourself in Houston (or The Woodlands) next Thanksgiving you may want to try their Traditional buffet for a pre fix $30 or something like that. But the food is AMAZING with traditional fixings and THEN a whole other section of seafood. The wine list is also nice, and all drinks I’ve ordered there have come out very nice. Make sure you make reservations, though! It can be up to a 2 hour waiting line…
On a beautiful day they have an outdoor seating area that has a beautiful view of the manmade lake that surrounds most of The Woodlands.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 10pm
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 4pm
Monday - Saturday: 4pm - Closing
Favorite Dish: The seafood is wonderful. I enjoyed the salmon, seafood pasta and the many desserts.Related to:
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Mission Burritos: What Chipotle wishes they were
"Mexican" isn't really an accurate way to describe a Mission-style burrito. Originating in San Francisco's Mission District, the only thing they really share in common with a Mexican-style burrito is the wrapping style.
Locally-owned and so much better than Chipotle, Mission Burritos is Houston's hometown burrito place. This was a staple for me while I was in college and I have to make at least one trip there whenever I'm in town. They were unfortunately limited to two locations (Durham south of I-10 & Alabama east of Kirby) for many years after closing several within the city in the mid-90's, but have since re-expanded into the Houston suburbs.
They differ from Chipotle in the variation of ingredients. For instance, you can choose from four different kinds of salsa and four different kinds of tortillas. But the quality is also so much better.
For Austinites, the comparable place is Freebirds. In fact, there was somewhat of a lively competition between the original Freebirds location in Houston (on Shepherd) and Mission Burrito for a number of years.
Favorite Dish: Of the meats, my favorite is the chickenRelated to:
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Buffalo Grille: Awesome Food Must Try if in Houston
They serve all three meals a day. They have been in business since 1984. They have two locations one near West U area and one near First Bapist Chruch. They are famous for the breakfasts. They have 10 inch pancakes they are huge!!!
Favorite Dish: Their pancakes and their grilled cat fish.Related to:
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Hickory Hollow BBQ: BBQ That Supports Texas
Since I do love travelling and trying new restaurants in the area, I joined a group called Go Texan. It supports local restaurants (not many chains) that use produce and meats that are grown in Texas. So each year they have an Eating Out Week where they will put out a list of Go Texan restaurants in your area. There were only 2 restaurants in my area: Hickory Hollow was one of them.
So one night we ordered it to pick up. The place was very authentic. Wooden posts in the middle of the linoleum floors. Writing on the walls...you know that feeling. Very hometown. It's not by any other restaurants, so you won't come upon it, you have to come here with a purchase.
Sundays: 11 - 8:30 (8:00pm closing in winter)
Mon.- Thur: 11 - 9:00
Friday and Saturday: 11 - 9:30
Favorite Dish: The food was fantastic! The french fries were so good, those krinkly kind... The catfish was great, brisket, and sausage. The beans, baked potato, and potato salad were good as well.
They had a good kids meal for those with families, too.Related to:
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Rigia's Pizza: Crappy Pizza but Heck of a Good Time
Although this pizza is quite North of downtown it's the perfect journey to a fun night. So Myspace Local has really got me trying other places around town and I have to say it's quite the adventure! I found Rigia's on ML and checked out their website. They said they were famous for their 30'' pizza. For some reason I thought a large pizza was like 24''...boy was I wrong! When we went to pick it up...thank god I was in my mom's truck because the thing wouldn't fit in a car! We had to put it in the BED of the truck! That's right, it was bigger than the stove. You truly have to see it, so check out the website and/or hit me up on Myspace to send personal pictures. The thing is supposed to feed 12-16 people. We hardly made a dent in it and I've eaten it two days.
The positive side? They serve green olives, which is rare nowadays. Usually you can only find black olives.
The pizza itself is not very good. The sauce is different, true, but it's not good. Now, I'm sure that it's hard to spread 30'' of sauce but still it was in clumps. The crust is nothing special (but I like crust so it's kind of important for me).
And there is no dine-in. It's all take-out which wasn't as fun but I don't know if the pizza would have fit on a table anyway...it's THAT big!
The only other hint I would give you is make sure you know exactly where to turn. The map on the website shows it's just right on 2920 from Kuyhendahl but it's actually behind a gas station on the back corner of Rhodes and 2920. (We had a hard time finding it.
Definitely would recommend it for the entertainment value, though. Especially for a birthday party, house party, etc. I think we laughed about it days later even and the box is absolutely hilarious to keep as a momento.
Trust me, you haven't seen anything like it!
But just ordering a regular pizza? Pass on this place.
Favorite Dish: They have green olives but other than that.....yucky.
***PS The MONSTER pizza was almost $40 so that's why I'm putting the pricing guide. If you're not getting this monster pizza than pass on this place.
Sundance Grill: Sunset and sailboats in Clear Lake
Unfortunately, this restaurant got wiped-out by hurricane Ike in 2008. As of July 2010, it still has not re-opened. They have another location on the Kemah boardwalk, but I have never tried it.
This restaurant is wonderful from November to April when you can sit on their beautiful terrace and watch the boats come by and the sunset. The restaurant is located on the Southern shore of Clear Lake along the channel that the sailboats (and all sorts of pleasure boats) have to take to go back and from Clear Lake to Galveston Bay. The food is not extraordinary (typical American fare, fish, steaks, burgers), and definitely overpriced. But you pay for the view and the atmosphere. Also part of the show are the numerous birds, including some very friendly ducks who come next to your table to beg for food. We like to go to this restaurant when we have visitors or tourists from out of town. Definitely go there for diner to watch the sunset. Finally if you come by boat, they have docking facilities.Related to:
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Aquarium - Underwater Dining: Downtown Houston Dining
Experience underwater dining as you are surrounded by a 200,000 gallon tank containing shar, stingrays and of course, fish!
The Aquarium also includes a ferris wheel and an aquarium exhibit. A truly unique experience in Downtown Houston.Related to:
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Miguelito's: Pedacito de Venezuela en Houston!
This is a very small restaurant. Not very nice looking in the outside.. and parking is horrible.. BUT... wow.. the food is what counts and it is amazing. This seems to be the only 100% authentic venezuelan restaurant in Houston. The inside decor is very caribbean just as Venezuela. It is adorned with folklore art from the country.. (overpriced by the way, i can say that, because i saw the same stuff way cheaper in venezuela). They also do delivery.. but too bad... it is only to a three mile radius from their location! I am so far!
Favorite Dish: Wow.. there is so many great dishes. If you can't decide go for a sampler. I recommend the 'national dish' of venezuela : Pabellon Criollo. Also.. go for an arepa! Just like in Venezuela!... Their Hallaca is pretty good too!
Oh yea... they have soft drinks from Venezuela too! Frescolitaa!!Related to:
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Buffalo Wild Wings: Great Sports Bar, Great Wings!
Buffalo Wild Wings, formerly known as BW3, is a great chain of sports bars found here in Houston, and throughout the country. An excellent place to drink some beer, eat some wings, and watch some sports! I usually frequent the one located in the Rice Village, but I have been to most of the locations here in town, and they are all equally good. They do have a full menu of food to order, but the place does have the word "wings" in it's name, so I would strongly recommend trying some. They also have a wide variety of beers, both domestic and import, and mixed drinks if you prefer. Big Screen T.V.'s, full glasses of beer, and lots of buffalo wings! What else would you want?!!!
La Tapatia Mexican Cafe & Cantina: One of the best Taquerias in town!
Looking for Tex-Mex food? This is what Tex-Mex is all about! Houston is a mecca for Mexican food restaurants, many billing themselves as being glamorous, almost gourmet. But this local chain of taquerias doesn't hype up themselves, they don't need to. The food speaks for itself. Now usually it can be a little loud in these restaurants. Along with the usual large crowds, they tend to have norteno or cumbia music blasting out of the jukebox. But it kind of just adds to the whole atmosphere, in a good way. The menu is full of your standard Tex-Mex dishes, along with a few not-so-common items. They also have a nice selection of Mexican beers, i.e. Dos XX, Corona, Tecate, etc., as well as domestics. Another great addition is after you finish your meal. You find out that the bill is reasonable, heck, down right cheap. And this is also one of the rare places in town you can have a late night meal, as they are open until 3am during the week, and 5am on the weekends. Don't be suprised if you walk in after a night on the town to find this place packed way after 2am. Great food, good service, and excellent prices! My kind of restaurant!
Favorite Dish: Flautas, Enchiladas, Tamales, Fajitas, need I go on? Everything is great!
Goode Company Seafood: Great Seafood, With a Gulf Coast Feel!
Goode Company Seafood is another restaurant in the local Goode Company chain of restaurants. There are actually 2 locations, but I have only been to the one on Westpark. The restaurant building itself is quite interesting, as part of it is an old Amtrak train car, sitting on tracks (hopefully the brakes are locked, but I have never asked!). Inside you will find decor that reminds you of a local seafood kitchen found in a small town along the Gulf Coast. Lots of old pictures of fisherman on the walls, as well as fishing tackle and nets, even some fish (They are dead, and have been taken to the taxidermist). The part of the restaurant housed in the train has the bar, as well as tables. You'll find patrons dining at both. The other half of the restaurant is strictly tables. The food here is top notch Gulf seafood. Appetizers such as shrimp cocktails and shucked oysters make great starters. They also have excellent gumbo to begin with, or make a meal out of. The Poboy sandwiches here are also really good. Main entrees include a long list of various fish dinners, crab, shrimp, oysters, etouffee, and even steak. The Pecan pie will be sure to finish off your hunger quite nicely!
Favorite Dish: Catfish filet. Some of the best fried Catfish in town!
La Mora: The Best of Tuscany
La Mora is my absolute favorite Italian restaurant in the greater Houston area. I was 14 years old when they opened and have been a loyal customer ever since. The atmosphere in the front room is very warm and romantic and is very remenicent of a Tuscan cottage. The main dining room is a site to behold with a vaulted ceiling and outer walls lined with columns. The wait staff are very friendly and accomodating without being overbearing. Most of their food is incredible, I can safely say that I have tried at least 80% of the menu at La Mora and have never been disappointed.
Favorite Dish: Antipasti - Cape Sante alla Marissa
Insalate - Inslata Frutti di Mare
Pasta - Gnocchi Tricolore or Penne al Dominic
Pesce Entree - Dentice
Carni Entree - Filetto di Manzo
Pappas Brothers Steakhouse: Well worth the price
This is in the top three steakhouses in Houston. I hope if you go you are oon a corporate expense account, cause it can get a bit expensive! Amazing bar, great wine list.
Very elegant place, while maintaining a Texas steakhouse feel. Not to mention the cigar bar!
Favorite Dish: You can't go worng with anything on the menu. I prefer the 18oz, Prime Ribeye.
What the hell wash it all down with a glass of Remy Louis XIII , it's only $125 per glass.
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