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2 Meals in Houston - Staying at Hotel Za Za

  • jcr05 May 10, 2010 09:11 AM
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We are in town for a wedding the first weekend in June and trying to narrow down Sunday dinner and Monday late lunch. Staying at Hotel Za Za but will have a car. Thinking about Stella Sola Sunday night and the Grove for Monday lunch.....any opinions?

Would also love to hit a great Tex-Mex for a snack.

Thanks in advance.

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Stella Sola
1001 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008

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  1. Do not go to the Grove, maybe for a drink but food is really hit or miss. SS is a good pick. If you don't mind spending $$, go to Brennans for lunch, it won't be that much more than The Grove. Or Hugos. Mondays are tough.

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    1. re: superluckycat

      Thanks for the feedback....would you recommend Anvil for a drink as well? Seems similar to a place we have and like in Nashville....

    2. For a TexMex snack, try El Tiempo on Washington for fresh lump crab nachos, beans on the side, but do eat the beans, they are delicious. I order pinto over black beans, but that's a personal decision. Be sure to have some good, strong margaritas, but order them skinny, without sugar. It will be as close to a good Mexican margarita as you can get.

      1. I would check out Reef for Monday lunch. Owned by same group as Stella Sola.

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        Stella Sola
        1001 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008

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        1. re: bhoward

          Thanks.....I had already added that to my list so thanks for the rec.

        2. Have received recs for both Hugo's and El Tiempo.....anyone want to give me their thoughts on which we should try? From the menu one looks more old school....opinions? Thanks Houston Chowhounds :-)

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          1. re: jcr05

            Hugos, hands down. IMHO, El Tiempo used to be great but has gone way downhill. I live right by El Tiempo and I keep trying to give it another chance; but am repeatedly disappointed. Hugo's is in a different league. You get truly authentic Mexican food there; and the chef is one of the most respected in town. I always recommend Hugo's to out-of-towners because it's difficult to get high-end authentic Mexican food in most other parts of the country. Have fun!

            P.S. Hugo's Sunday Brunch is amazing. It is buffet-style, which I normally don't like, but theirs is amazing and enables you to try a lot of their amazing offerings! I don't think you were looking for a brunch place; but if so, try Hugo's.

            1. re: lovemesomegoodfood

              Perfect, Hugo's it is. From looking at the menus that was my first choice, but always like to get a local's point of view. Sunday brunch is a possibility so I will keep that in mind as well. Thank you!

            2. re: jcr05

              El Tiempo is (upscale) Tex-Mex, Hugo's is a very unique, personal interpretation of interior Mexican. You likely would be happy with either but more wowed by Hugo's. There are few places like it but, like El Tiempo, it does have its critics. We're fussy about Mexican and Tex-Mex here.

              1. re: jcr05

                El Tiempo, crab quesadillas. For a snack, it's enough for 4 people. For a meal, enough for 2. So delicious.

              2. Definitely Hugo's either brunch or Sunday dinner. Either one would be a nice meal. Anvil is two blocks away, and now open for Sunday brunch, so you could sample their great cocktails on the same visit. Let us know where you end up (Hugo's, Reef or Stella Sola) and the experiences.

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                Stella Sola
                1001 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008

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                1. re: montroseguys23

                  I did not know that Anvil was open for Sunday brunch....thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to report back.