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Sep 28, 2010 09:26 PM

Visiting Houston from DFW

What should we check out? All price points/ cuisines will be considered. Will be mostly downtown/ museum district but are visiting NASA so Kemah is in play. Just me & the hubby. We will have a car. Thanks!

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  1. Kemah -

    T-Bone Tom's for the armadillo eggs. Jalapenos stuffed with chopped brisket, battered and fried. Delicious!!

    Floyd's for some great fried seafood and good cajun dishes (don't waste your time on the dirty rice but everything else I've had there is really good including fried frog legs).

    Ate at Pappasito's in Clear Lake yesterday, it was awful. Cafe Adobe in Clear Lake isn't as good as the other locations and we've taken it off our "list".

    There are some decent places on the Kemah Boardwalk to eat and it's fun to see. The Babin's there has not been as good since Landry's bought it. We haven't been to the Boardwalk in awhile, we just eat at T-Bone Tom's right before you turn in to go to the Boardwalk. If I were going there, I'd probably choose Cadillac Bar and Grill for some fajitas.

    There used to be a wonderful seafood place called Joe Lee's on the Boardwalk. It's moved and I haven't been there in a long time but it was really good.

    If I were in the Museum District, I would hop on over to El Tiempo on Washington. I know, I know, I always recommend El Tiempo. But after you have their crab quesadillas, you'll know why.

    Joe Lee's Seafood Kitchen Restaurant
    1108 Marina Bay Dr, Kemah, TX 77565

    El Tiempo Cantina
    5602 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

    Floyd's Cajun Seafood House
    20760 Gulf Fwy at Nasa Rd 1, Webster, TX 77598

    T-Bone Tom's Meat Mkt Steakhouse Restrnt
    707 Highway 146, Kemah, TX 77565

    1. Everything in Kemah feels like a corporate-owned chain to me, so I wouldn't eat there unless you have to.

      If you're staying in the downtown area, you have a lot of great options. I recommend that you check out the following:

      For a nice dinner:
      - Stella Sola
      - Feast
      - Dolce Vita or Da Marco (same owner but Dolce Vita more casual and Da Marco more fancy)
      - t'afia
      - Reef
      - Brennan's (I haven't been since they reopened after a major fire and hope they've recovered fully)
      - Indika
      - Gravitas (some say it's hit-or-miss - I've generally gotten hits)

      For lunches or fast dinners:
      - Banh Mi - I like Les Givrals in Midtown, but others prefer Cali Sandwiches
      - Jenni's Noodle House
      - If you're thinking of venturing out to other parts of the city, I could recommend great falafel, south indian, guatemalan, plus a bunch of others -- but it's a trek from downtown.

      Have fun!

      Da Marco
      1520 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

      3701 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

      Les Givral's
      801 Congress St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77002

      516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

      Jenni's Noodle House
      3111 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098

      Stella Sola
      1001 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008

      1. There is nothing in Dallas like Feast. Take advantage of the chance and go have a meal there.