I know it's late to make reservations, but I just found out my husband will be in Houston that week work and I'm going with him. I need to find a nice place with great food and nice, fun, atmosphere. It would be great if it was romantic with entrees up to $30.00. We love great red wines also. We're coming from SA so I'm leaning towards anything but mexican, but I'm not that picky if the place is a true gem.
Cafe Annie - very nice,elegant
Pesce - seafood in a more modern, nice, fun atmosphere
Brennan's - classic elegant New Orleans/creole
Marks - classic American
DaMarco - Italian
Then there are the classic steak places: Flemings, Pappas, Mortons, etc..
Al of those places are very pricey(never been to Pesce). I think the avg entree would be in the $30-$40 range?
I'm an "inner-looper" so I'm not sure that there is anywhere worth going to north of I-10...sorry to sound like a snob. My first choice would be Cafe Rabelais in Rice Village http://caferabelais.com/home.html
Gravitas is very nice as well...and not TOO far south of I-10
Totally forgot about Glass Wall. Been there serveral times and always had good experiences. Only issue I have is that it seems they are always having to subsitute the meat for their evening specials as they are already out (by 8:30??) BTW - Glass Wall is inside the loop, about a mile or two south of 610 North. We enjoy Catalan. Very good selection and price points on their wines- often less than Specs. Unless they've changed in the past month, food quality can be inconsistent. Another option in the Heights - Shade on W. 19th.