Downtown -- Dinner Options near Dallas St betw Travis and Main
I will be staying at the Residence Inn at 904 Dallas St -- between Travis and Main. Are there any good, casual, non-chain dinner options within walking distance of the hotel?
Will be going out to dinner twice with a few coworkers -- looking for very good food and casual atmosphere.
Thanks for your recommendations.
BL -- DC Hound
Trying not to draw a blank here:-
If you walk a couple of blocks past Travis on Dallas you'll see Masai sitting on the right on a corner- mostly fish - a bit pricy but fairly nice. In the basement of the builing before you cross the street to get to Masai there's Treebeards which is more cafeteria style cajun - cheap and good but I'm not sure if they open at night - on the same block as Masai there is a Pappas BBQ but I think it sucks. If you turn left on Lousiana there is a big hotel whose name I forget (Westin?) just opposite the 777 Clay garage - in that hotel there is a Shulas steakhouse I never ate there and it is probably overpriced - at the top of the hotel is a rotating restaurant called the Summit and I ate there a couple of times not cheap but not bad. In the same block as the hotel there is a Benihana if you like that kind of thing - there is also a vietnamese/mexican restaurant/cafe whose exact name I forget (it faces onto Clay) I always liked the Pho there. Frankly, you'd have better choices if you'd be willing to walk a few more blocks or take a cab into Midtown.
Would you consider taking a taxi or public transport about 10-15 minutes away? Unfortunately I can't think of good, casual, non-chain options very nearby, unless you can get to Treebeards for lunch (they aren't open at night).
If you hop on the light rail (there's a stop a block or two from your hotel) or grab a taxi to Midtown, you have a lot more options that meet your criteria.
I like District 7 Grill on Pierce and Brazos near the Federal building. I've only tried their mahi salad and burger but I keep going back because they know how to cook mahi. This is casual. There's also a sister restaurant, Table 7 Bistro on Fannin near Capitol. I've not been to this one but the menu looks similar.
District 7 Grill
501 Pierce St, Houston, TX 77002