This restaurant has gourmet food AND big portions. Our meal was excellent and the service is very good. The kitchen is open to the main room so you can see the cooks which is fun. So it pains me to have to put some negativity in this review. But, it was so noisy that i couldn't hear myself speak and you have to shout to try to have a conversation. The noise simply comes from everyone's conversation as I guess the walls and ceiling/floor are very reflective. They need to put in some carpets!! I also went a Saturday night, and the restaurant was full. Maybe a week night would have been more quiet. Cigarette smoke from the bar drifted in the main room which was annoying as well.
Favorite Dish: The first courses are huge and I was already full after my risotto (delicious). The mussels and fries I had as entrée were excellent and my friends had steak, chicken and lamb and all loved it. We had great wines. The wine list is extensive and includes a high-end list where bottles cost more than $100.
Located on Main Street in central Houston, St Pete's was a great place for us to stop and grab a cold one on a hot day in the city. At 3pm, the place was almost completely empty except for the bartenders and waitresses who appeared to be somewhat bored. We had a few beers in this relaxed atmosphere, then were on our way.
Though we didn't eat here, St. Pete's specializes in seafood (as the name implies) but also has a variety of steaks, salads, and sandwiches.
Although, I checked French, this is typically Cajun fare. The brother or sister of the famous Brennan family of Louisiana/New Orleans opened this restaurant about 20 years ago. When we were deciding on a fancy/nice restaurant to go to for our son's first time in such a place, one of our favorites, Brennan's immediately came to mind. Even though their gumbo is fantastic (very smooth and rich, probably the only one better than mine), he chose a salad and loved it. He and my wife had seafood, which was excellent, and I had tenderloins which were cooked to perfection, and had an excellent glaze/sauce. Dessert is never to be missed.
Favorite Dish: I love the gumbo and the tenderloins. Fork-tender. And the desserts are awesome as well.
This restaurant is very special because the food is not your ordinary Indian fare, but rather a haute-cuisine, gourmet interpretation of it. It is amazing! Everything was delicately spiced, and with subtle unusual flavors or association of flavors. And, they have a particular pride in their wine list. It is very rare in my experience in the US or Europe to find good wines in an Indian restaurant. Service impeccable, friendly waiters, exceptional meals, good wine... what more do you want?
By the way, the chef, Kiran Verma is a lady who owns another Indian restaurant in Houston, Ashiana (I have never been to that one). I recommand this restaurant for a romantic evening or for business travellers.
Favorite Dish: They had a little menu for $55 with tuna & crab appetizer (see picture), than quail or hallibut, than amazing lamb chop curry, and finally 3 different flavors of creme brûlée. All were to die for.
Good, basic Tex-Mex. Wife split the poblano chicken fajitas with her mother, son had shrimp enchiladas. Only two problems. The borracho beans were a bit undercooked, and could have been spicier. No lunch menu, so lunch is as expensive as dinner, especially if you have drinks. Chips and salsa are good, salsa is served piping hot.
Favorite Dish: Tacos al carbon, with good fajita meat. Comes with salad, guacamole salad, pico de gallo, rice, and a cup of borracho beans.
Describing this place is not the easiest of tasks, because it has elements of a few different type of places. But no matter, because whatever you term it as, Two Rows is a great place to enjoy a meal, a beer, and take in some sports on the tube! With all of the televisions that are placed inside, as well as outside on the patio, and the fact that they are always showing sports events, you could term this place a sports bar. With it's extensive menu of delicious sandwiches, burgers, entrees, and salads, you could also define this place as a restaurant. And the fact that they brew their own beer on the premises would allow you to also call this place a brewery! So call it what you will, the food is tasty, the beer is great, and the sports are aplenty! :) And by no means is this place a dump. It has a very modern decor, and is popular with all sorts of people, from local college students to elderly couples in their golden years.
Favorite Dish: I really like the Pollo Guapo sandwich here, which has blackened chicken, avocado slices, mushrooms, & mozzarella. As for beer, Osage Golden Wheat is excellent; a great pale malt served with a slice of lemon.
Los Gallitos, or the rooster, is one of my uncle's favorite Mexican restaurants in Texas, so he was glad to take us here when we requested some good Mexican food. My father had the chicken and steak fajitas and I had a burrito combo meal. I don't remember what my uncle had, but our total bill was just $37 including 2 beers and a lemonade...not bad considering we all left the place stuffed. The decor here is entirely comprised of roosters of various shapes and sizes. The restaurant is clean and modern.
We stopped at 9er's one afternoon for a late lunch after visiting the pool at my cousin's house. Though pretty quiet at this time of day, the large, clean restaurant served up a great meal. All three of us had the crawfish platter ($9) with a fountain drink ($1.50). The deep-fried crawfish tails were excellent, and much less work than a whole, boiled mud-bug!
9ers is a casual restaurant where you order at the counter then pick up your meal when they call your number, but it doesn't have a cheap feel since they use real china dishes and metal silverware.
This restaurant has a great atmosphere, is not expensive, has very good american food (great burgers). It is located in the heart of the gay district of Houston, the Montrose area. They have an absolutely lovely court yard with pretty lush plants and flowers and a terrace in the little street the restaurant is on. I insist on the courtyard and the terrace because it is rare in Houston where most restaurants overlook gross giant parking lots.
Favorite Dish: Burgers.
Update August 2006: This restaurant moved since I went there (it used to be on Poast Oak Avenue).
It is now located at:
3755 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas 77046
Tony's is one of the most fancy restaurant of Houston, if not the most fancy, at least in terms of reputation. I just went there once to try it out for my husband's and my own birthdays. We were very dissapointed.
First, the food was not extraordinary. The crabcake appetizers were excellent but the duck dish was too dry, and the steak was not the best I have ever had. For the price, I expected better. Houstonian restaurants such as Ruggle's Grill, Rouge or Perry's Italian kitchen serve as good dishes for much cheaper (I call food extraordinary, even an art, at for example the Everest restaurant in Chicago).
Second, in such a restaurant I expect perfect service. And all waiters were great, really, except... the one responsible for our table, unfortunately. He was snobbish, would ask a question and instead of listening to our answer would prefer to answer other waiters (I suppose this way emphasizing his leadership position as a head waiter or something), and there was a clear discrepancy of treatment between the "usual" customers, and new ones like us. Result: we won't go back. I am sorry, but when I pay this type of price, I want to be treated like a queen.
If you have money to waste, it is worth going for the decor, the wine cellar, and people watching (the posh gentry of Houston).
Appetizers $8 - $19
Entrees $25 - $34
Extensive wine list, count at least $40 for a bottle.
That means at least $100 per person if you take wine.
Favorite Dish: Crabcakes
Napoli's has lunch specials for $3.99 to $5.99, most include salad and garlic bread (the two slices of cheese pizza come with salad but no garlic bread for $3.99). The Beef Cannelloni and Lasagne are very good. The pizzas are great, both thin crust and deep dish.
Favorite Dish: Beef Cannelloni hits the spot, and the salad has a good, light dressing.
I'd never stopped to eat at a Sonic, so I decided to do that. This is like an old fashioned drive in - you order through a microphone and the girls bring your food out to you. Then I realized that Bob doesn't like to eat in the car. So we got out and sat at a table outside in the front and ordered there.
They do have rest rooms, but they are an unmarked door in the wall which looks as if it is locked.
Favorite Dish: Bob had a Sonic Burger ($2.19) and fries, and I had a Toaster Bacon Cheeseburger ($3.19).
A word of caution: This place looks like a dump especially on the exterior. Not a chain or a touristy type of place. However they have been in business for a long time.
With that aside. This is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. They have the STRONGEST margaritas I have ever had in a restaurant. The salsa Verde (a creamy blend of green tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and sour cream with a little heat) that comes complimentary with chips is fantastic. All items are reasonably priced and the portions are more than adequate.
Favorite Dish: Try the Queso Cozumel. A mix of melted queso, pico de gallo and grilled shrimp rolled in 4 flour tortillas prepared in front of you along side of your table.
From their slow hickory-smoked brisket, ham, chicken, ribs, and links to their delicious fresh coleslaw and potato salad, Lenox continues to serve up a darn good plate. Menu items include chicken fried steaks, hamburgers, beef stew, gumbo, chili, and the biggest Texas-sized stuffed potato that you have ever seen.
Favorite Dish: Biggest Stuffed Potato in Texas
18 oz. potato stuffed with butter, sour cream, cheese, chives, and choice of meat - only $3.75
I wanted the Texas redfish, but it hadn't arrived yet. So I had the Mississippi Catfish, blackened, with jambalaya, and veggies. Also had the keylime pie (wonderful - very different crust with little nuts in it). Service was exceptional. Wine was also good. Bread came piping hot. My server was a blonde girl named Amanda.
Favorite Dish: The catfish. It was flaky, fresh and delicious.
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