Houston Wednesday Night 2/18
I wound up at Hugo's on Wed. night. It was very good. Enjoyed the meal completely.
I have eaten Vietnamese many times off Bellaire. Great place to dine for Asian seafood.
Had lunch at Pappas Seafood House on the way out of town. Just had oysters on the half shell (which were ice cold and very good), and some crab cakes. Not bad.
I asked a reliable source in Houston the same question recently. Mine was geared more towards the ethnic foods of Asia (Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay).
Try these suggestions on what to order at Que Hong:
I would try all the dishes she has at the bottom of her post as her dining companions aren't as adventurous. I was actually in Houston when she wrote this but I was on a different schedule from the blogger. She is a very reliable source and has very good posts with pictures on her blog!
Houston has good Hong Kong Chinese--which may/may not be your favorite.
Order live lobster, scallops, prawns or lingfish at Fung's Kitchen.
Peking restaurant is a favorite of Northern Chinese folks.
Pork intestines and sichuan dishes are good.
888 Noodle House for Malay street food.
Look around the two shopping centers across from each other
just east of Beltway 8 on Westheimer as these hold a majority of the "authentic" Chinese eateries in Houston.
Drive down Bellaire past the Beltway to the west for the Vietnamese in Houston. I will hunt down some recs for you for the Vietnamese if you are interested.
Since you didn't specify a part of town, I'm just going to throw some stuff out there.
Hugo's on Westheimer. High quality Mexican food.
If price truly is not an issue, the following would be great: Rainbow Lodge, Voice, Da Marco, Mark's. All except for Da Marco (Italian) would be considered modern American.
To add to Bulldozer's price-is-not-an-issue list, I'd recommend Textile hands down over anywhere else in town right now. Da Marco is great for Houston but completely recognizable as a Batali ripoff. I eat there frequently, don't get me wrong; it's just that it's less-than-Batali Batali, plain and simple. Mark's is always good, but Textile is a new favorite for a good reason-- Tycer's on fire this time, and the drinks are finally up to par with the food. If you're really insistent on a local touch, Reef does a great job of blending Gulf Coast seafood with firey Houston Vietnamese and chile-inspired tastes. It might sound like a flavor gamble of sorts, but I assure you, they know what they're doing in marrying these things.
I visited Otto's,, a Batali Village Restaurant in NYC in Nov (just before a Dave Brubeck show at The Blue Note Jazz club). I had heard Houston's Dolce Vita was an Otto's knock-off... Well,, I was sadly disappointed with the food at this popular city hotspot. To be honest,, no contest, Dolce Vita wins hands down (this from a Jersey Boy).. The wine list at Otto's,,,,, 2nd to none! I kept the wine list... It'll take me a lifetime of reg Spec's visits..... Da Marco's (owner of Dolce Vita),, is the best restaurant in Houston. If Tycer weren't such an arrogant snob..... I did the Aries thing numerous times and it wasn't an issue of food as service... Attitude starts from the top,,trickles down and should be adopted by all,, even the valet's. I hope he's learned to treat his guest better with the opening of Textile.