Dining in Houston
if youre looking for a lunch spot, i would definitely hit up treebeard's, either in market square or the cloister. they are only open 11-2, though, so you may not get the chance.
its hard to know what you mean by breaking the bank, so ill throw in some cheap and casual, yet delicious spots.
sandwiches/salads: district 7 grill, great muffaletta and good soups
pizza: frank's, ny style pizza, cheap and open late
tex-mex: i'll second last concert cafe, also ninfa's, just east of downtown, on navigation
unfortunately, i cant think of something right up your alley. as far as i know, downtown is only good for ethnic or pricey steakhouses and hotel restaurants. of course, everyones bank is relative.
ive been to the striphouse and i thought the food was excellent. however, the atmosphere annoyed the hell out of me. i felt like i was eating a ribeye in a nightclub, albeit, a delicious ribeye.
additionally, the restaurant at the lancaster hotel is quite good.
There are so many wonderful choices in downtown Houston. What type of food are you looking for and what costs?
For a casual whole in the wall Mexican food place I like Last Concert Cafe. It's off San Jacinto Street and there is no sign. It's identified by a red door.
There are quite a few steakhouses in the area down by Discovery Green. I like Striphouse personally. Great atmosphere, great service, great steaks. Traditional steakhouse and prices reflect that.
Some people may recommend The Grove in the park. The last two times I have been the food has been terrible so IMO I would stay away from there.
There is also Massah's Seafood and Mia Bellas (Italian on Main).
Unfortunately my colleague isn't as adventurous as I am with dining out so I’ll need something pretty basic. She doesn’t eat seafood and Mexican is sometimes an issue. A steakhouse is a good idea. Typically we end up at American style restaurants. I would prefer to not break the bank, but would like something more than a chain