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Houstons - Opinions please

What are your thoughts about this restaurant? (I've read mixed reviews.) Also, is dressy casual attire appropriate?


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  1. Yes, dressy casual is fine. It does a good job with a very limited menu. Fresh fish is quite nice, burgers are great, baby back ribs great, and entree salads good and quite filling. It is a nice night out, a little on the pricy side, usually service is good

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      1. re: nyfoodjoe

        My experiences with Houston's have been different than most people's - mine have all been awful. The few times I've been, I have never, ever had friendly service. I've had to send undercooked chicken back to the kitchen. And the wait times are way too long. Fortunately I'm in a town that has both Houston's and J. Alexander's (basically the same concept) and JA's wins hands down every time.

      2. I love their Thai Beef Salad. Delish! Enjoy!

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        1. re: dbug31

          It's my favorite chain.

          Grilled artichokes
          Fried chicken fingers
          All veggie side dishes (surprisingly)
          Fresh-squeezed citrus cccktails

        2. It's been years but do they still have the Pine Room salad? Used to be one of my favorites when I worked in Century City (CA).

          1. I think most if not all Houston's have a menu similar to Rutherford Grill in Napa, which I'm more familiar with. The same company also owns Bandera, which has similar items on their menu. The outstanding item for me is their prime rib sandwich (which all 3 seem sto have). They also do agood job with rotisseried chicken. Service has always been very good.

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            1. re: Midlife

              I don't think Houstons or Bandera had the ostrich steak or the overall quality of Rutherford Grill. Our Bandera isn't open for lunch, either - and it's too noisy to go there for a relaxing dinner.

              However, as far as chains go, they do have some very good dishes (like the chicken) - although Rutherford Grill's ostrich is still my favorite.

            2. Hi, I have a Houstons right down the road from my condo. I live in Aventura FL (Miami) and well here it is quite popular! The dishes are very good, at least down here one of the best or lets say a lot of ppl call it "THE best" spinach and artichoke dip is here. It is always always packed with ppl, they dont take reservations but everyone is more than happy to wait around the bar (which is also always packed) but you stand and its the see and be seen crowd in Aventura and NMiami Beach. I have had the Tuna steak several times, the 1st time it was pretty dry, so the next time I just ordered it more to the medium side than the well done. My hsuband has had the steaks and he is always happy with them. I had the Chicken and it was pretty tasty, just that I do not like legs and that is what they served me mostly. The soup of the day was the potato soup and it was wonderful. I hope this helps. BTW i do agree with the spinach dip, its as cheesy and tasty as can be!

              1. I think Houston's is pretty good but way overpriced, for me. For the young office set it attracts that doesn't mind drinking during the wait for a table it is great. But my gosh, their "fall off the bone" ribs are as expensive as a steak, if I recall correctly. Almost $30?!? I had a good, properly cooked burger there, but beware, it came with mustard that I didn't see in the description, and I look at those things closely -- always turning down mayo or "special sauce." The L.A. board has lauded Houston's french dip roast beef/prime rib sandwich, but you could probably buy three Philly Cheesesteaks at Markie D's or Philly West for less. It certainly is popular, so I must be in the minority, but I feel a bit ripped off there.

                1. We go there occasionally for their Biltmore chicken sandwich and unique coleslaw, both of which we enjoy.

                  1. I have been a Houston's fan for (egad) 20 years. But I don't go there any longer (if you happen to work for the Houston's chain - read this and respond!). My simple reason - I feel like the accountants took over. There is a relentless initual push to buy their signature artichoke spinach dip app. (compare the price of it to fine restaurant apps!) and continued evil upsell throughout the meal without regard for decency. I enjoy going out to eat but I go out to eat unarmed, and I am afraid of these brainwashed weirdo corporoservers. It didn't used to be this way. This restaurant sacrificed their original restaurant feeling and experience for the sake of bucks and this has left me cold and I spend my dollar elsewhere, sorry. Hey - Houstons's restaurants were GREAT really, when the first started blooming, and I mean that! This was a great chain when it started and a hellava lot of fun - my wallet helped fuel their expansion for several years. But they just won't be growing any more with my money unless I hear about marked improvement. Hey - this is America and there are other choices and this isn't 1989 and I can spend my money how I want. :-) Wanna know who is next in this fall? One of my favorites on business travel - Pappadeaux's! I can see it creeping in like kudzu . . . (BTW - I wonder if anyone reading remembers the legendary restaurant that was in the Century City Houston's location before they were?)

                    1. Houston's is good, I especially like their grilled artichoke app.
                      You can cross out "dressy" and just be casual. As in, shorts. But then, I'm in L.A. and we hang out all over the place in jeans and shorts.

                      1. Houstons is definitely one of my favorite chains. For the past 2 years I have been consistently ordering their ribs & they are soooooo yummy. Super tender & comes with really good coldslaw & fries. Also they make pretty good cadillac margaritas.

                        1. Houston's is great. Their Hawaiian Ribeye is so tasty and tender! Also, the chicken fingers offerred as an appetizer can be ordered as a bigger portion entree. I agree though, sometimes their chicken seems undercooked.

                          Service is always very good as they are one of thoese places where the servers work as a team and everyone watches all the tables.

                          1. I don't have one in my immediate metro area, but enjoy Houstons when visiting other cities. I love the grilled artichoke appetizer. The baby back ribs and prime rib sandwich are also good.

                            Heck, jeans and a nice shirt are fine.

                            They have a full bar and make pretty strong margarita's on the rocks.

                            1. I love Houston's and have some sentimental attachments to it that have nothing to do with the food. However, there are quite a few menu items that I like when I'm eating here.

                              I usually order the spinach and artichoke dip. Also, a loaded baked potato. I love the cheese bread that they give you with some of the salads, and you can order that separately.

                              The burger is good, as are the french fries. I also like the ribs. But my favorite thing to order here is a salad. Favorites are the caesar, the grilled chicken, the spicy thai steak and the seared tuna.