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Mar 1, 2011 08:13 AM

Four Days in Downtown Houston

Hello Houston 'Hounds,

The week after next, I'll be spending 4 days (Monday-Thursday) in downtown. I'm staying at the Hyatt and attending a show at the convention center. I won't have a car, so any recommendations within walking distance would be very much appreciated. Any cuisine is fine, regional specialties are best.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Well, downtown is not really where the very best restaurants in Houston are located. Many of the best are nearby in what we call "mid-town". If you like steak, you're in luck. Shula's, in the Hyatt, does a pretty good steak, and there are the usual suspects: Morton's, Strip House, and Vic & Anthony's. I love Damian's for Italian, about a 10-12 block walk from the Hyatt. Since it's hot and humid, or if you just don't want to walk too far, taxis anywhere downtown are $6 (cash only), and I'm sure they Hyatt's shuttle can drop you. Ibiza, has delicious Spanish influenced food, and is know for an interesting and well-priced wine list. 17 in the Alden Hotel has been getting good reviews lately. Of course, we have TONS of Tex-Mex. Irma's downtown is an institution, and is either great or a waste, depending on who you talk too. Around the edges of downtown, and further afield, Houston has a vibrant ethnic dining scene. OK. I'll shut up now. Let me know if you have questions. I'm sure plenty of Houston folks have plenty more opinions :-) !

    Strip House
    1200 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77001

    1. I agree, you'll probably need to cab it to somewhere. REEF in midtown is a really good choice for modern gulf seafood. Indika (modern indian) and Feast (nose to tail) are very close to each other. I'd pass on Damians for Dolce Vita if you're up for Italian. Damian's is a bit dated for my tastes. Just west of downtown is Beaver's, which is more bbq and Texas comfort food and great cocktails. I'd pass on the bbq though.

      516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006