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Are you new to Chowhound? Or just to the Houston board? Perhaps visiting from out of town? We've got some tips to help you get started.

If you're brand new to the site, you should read our Site Etiquette (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367605) so you don't break any rules or step on any toes.

This board is focused on discussing chow in the Houston area. This includes Sugar Land and Baytown and the urban areas that connect directly with Houston. If you'd like tips on chow in Texas, please see the Texas board: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/5

We've divided up this thread into separate posts, just to make things neater. Please read to the end. The sections are:

HAVE A HOT TIP?
HAVE A QUESTION?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THIS BOARD
STILL HAVE A QUESTION?
AFTER YOUR MEAL
FEEDBACK

  1. HAVE A HOT TIP?

    If you've got a great tip or a recommendation for someone, dive right in and post it. It's great if you can include some details of why you like a place, but even those short tips on where to find a great taco or donut are appreciated.

    To start a new thread, use the "Chowhound Discussions" menu in the navigation bar at the top of the page to go to the index of the board, and then choose the "start new thread" button.

    1. HAVE A QUESTION?

      The Houston board is a pretty active place, and a lot of questions have been covered recently--the Chowhound archives are a great resource.

      Start your quest for an answer with a search of all the great info that's already out there. The search box is in the top right corner of the screen. If you're searching from this board, it should default to searching Houston. Just add your keywords and go. On the search results page, you can change your search criteria to add more keywords, or change your sort order or the dates you're interested in.

      1. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE HOUSTON BOARD:

        Here are just a few of the subjects that are common on the Houston board, and some suggestions on how to find that information:

        Where's the best BBQ? Tex-Mex? Brunch? Burger? Etc?
        Search terms to try: Best and the type of food in the 'Title' field on the search options page.
        For BBQ, you might also try Bar-B-Que and barbecue, though BBQ gets the most results.

        Where should we go for our special occasion?
        Search terms to try: anniversary, "special occasion", proposal, romantic, birthday
        These might not all apply to your particular occasion, but they generally turn up the same kind of recommendations.

        Where should I plan my group dinner?
        Search terms to try: "private room", corporate, group, "holiday party", "large group"

        1. STILL HAVE A QUESTION?

          Houston chowhounds are a great resource, but help them help you by including some important details. Tell them:
          What part of the region you'll be in -- this board covers a very large area.
          - Whether you have a car or will be relying on transit.
          - How far or how long you're willing to travel.
          - What your budget is. Descriptions such as 'expensive', 'moderate' and 'cheap' mean different things to different people, so use dollar values.
          - What types of cuisines you're interested in.
          - Which days of the week you're interested in -- lots of restaurants close Mondays, for example.
          - Any other special circumstances (traveling with kids? vegetarians? non-chowhounds?) that will help

          If you've done some of your own research, mention what you found so hounds can help fill in the gaps, rather than rehashing what you already know.

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