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downtown Houston tunnel restaurants

pixelqueenie Mar 11, 2010 02:47 PM

I used to live in Houston 25+ years ago and am returning for a visit this weekend. There was a restaurant in the tunnel near the Hyatt Regency that served the most incredible cheesecake and sandwiches. I can't remember the name, but one of their specialties was slather avacodo on their sandwiches and this was long before it was a common thing to do. Does anyone remember the name of this wonderful place and does it still exist? I would also walk on nails for their cheesecake recipe. To this day it remains the best I've ever hand. Thanks!

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  1. DaTulip RE: pixelqueenie Mar 17, 2010 03:03 PM

    Wow! Sounds great. I worked downtown about 10 years ago...parked at the Hyatt and walked the tunnels to work. I'm pretty sure I would have found this place, but I don't remember anything like it. Of course, that doesn't mean it isn't still there. Would love to know if you found it when you visited.

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      crewsweeper RE: pixelqueenie Mar 18, 2010 10:23 AM

      Used ot walk and eat in the tunnel nearly every day in the 90s. Can't recall where in the tunnel they were but Antone's Po Boy and Alonti Deli are two that come into mind. I don't think Antones ever used avacodo though. So many changes since then hard to guess. Suggest just walk around and see.

      Alonti Cafe
      1330 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

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        dexmat RE: pixelqueenie Mar 18, 2010 05:54 PM

        I guess I'm late to this party too but I happened to notice on b4-u-eat.com today you can sort restaurants by downtown and some are shown as being in the tunnels, but only a few.

        I've never been in the tunnels so looking around also found a site where you can search for restaurants downtown including by various legs of the tunnel system. Nice resource.


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          aynrandgirl RE: pixelqueenie Mar 19, 2010 04:39 AM

          Is there any free parking near the tunnels? I've wanted to explore the restaurants there but don't want to pay $10 in parking fees for a $7 meal.

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            dexmat RE: aynrandgirl Mar 19, 2010 07:36 PM

            Interesting question and I've wondered about that. Hope someone who works downtown or is more familiar will see this and post. What I've thought about:

            There's a lot at the southern terminus of the rail line, free I think. Park and ride!

            Park in Hermann Park and walk over to the Hermann Park/Rice U station.

            Park in the free surface lot at the Museum of Fine Arts (or in the garage for $3) and walk over to the line - ;not sure how close the nearest stop is, though).

            For that matter, maybe find a side street somewhere in Midtown or Neartown near one of the stations and park on the street and walk?

            Other than that, I guess you've got to park on the outskirts of downtown where lots should be somewhat cheaper and hoof it.

            Or just ride a bus?

            You can look up maps of Metro's routes on their website.

            There are tours of the tunnel system but I think they're only on weekends when the businesses are closed.

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              john redcorn RE: aynrandgirl Mar 30, 2010 05:48 AM

              No free parking, best bet is to use street metered parking. I believe it is 1.25 or so an hour, just make sure you keep track of time because the meter maids swarm.

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              montysteve RE: pixelqueenie Mar 25, 2010 08:51 PM

              Was that something like Crumly Cogwheels?

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                Deacon RE: pixelqueenie Mar 30, 2010 08:04 AM

                There's a Treebeard's in the tunnels. All of the Treebeard's have great informal Cajun food. Also there's a Post Oak Grill in the tunnels.

                Post Oak Grill
                1415 S. Post Oak Ln., Houston, TX 77056

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                  cookbookcollector RE: pixelqueenie Mar 31, 2010 12:48 PM

                  It was Crumly Cogwheels. I used to eat there in the early 90's. They had the best egg salad sandwiches. I just googled them, found their phone #, called and spoke to the owner. They are still in business but as a caterer - not as a restaurant. Too bad for us.

                  Crumly Cogwheels
                  1320 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

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