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Looking for lunch spot near the Museum of Fine Arts

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Will be heading to the MFAH on a Thursday and need a good lunch spot within easy walking distance. One that has little dairy (cheese, milk, butter) or can accomodate my allergy.

Don't need a big formal lunch. Just somewhere fun and cool that I can pop into without making reservations. And a nice wine list would be great as well!

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  1. I hate to see a polite request with no response.

    This isn't my area of town, (though I love the MFA), but the only thing I see within an easy walk is the restaurant at the Hotel Zaza, (formerly the Warwick).

    If you're willing to take a short drive or cab ride, The Village is just to the west. There are a lot of options in that area.

    What's on at the MFA?

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    1. re: DoobieWah

      Yeah, definitel need to go to Village, maybe cafe rebelais would be your best choice. I love it. Also, Prego is very good. Both have excellent wine choices.

      2520 Amherst St, Houston, TX 77005

      1. re: jscarbor

        Thank you to both DoobieWah and jscarbor.....I was starting to think no one was going to answer! OK.....a short cab ride it is! And both Prego and Cafe Rebelais look terrific! Are they close to one another? Can I just pick between them on the day of? And no reservations needed, yes? Also.....can I easily hail a cab outside of the MFA or do I need to call one?

        DoobieWah.....the MFA has a travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Art in Washionton of Impressionist and Post Impressionist Art. Timed exhibit so you need to buy tickets in advance. Looking forward to it!

        2520 Amherst St, Houston, TX 77005

        1. re: jrabbit2727

          Hailing a cab on the street is against the law in Houston outside of the downtown district and only at designated cab stands there. Where are you staying? There will be cabs at most hotels; ask the cabbie who takes you from your hotel to the museum for a card and see if you can call him or her to pick you up and take you to the Village, then take you back to your hotel after the meal (assuming you liked the service and tipped well). They'll probably appreciate the business. Otherwise, make a note of the # for Yellow/Taxis Fiesta. There also should be cabs at the Hotel ZaZa across Main from the MFAH. I don't know of a cab stand in the Village and the nearest hotels are over on Main near the Med Center, a pretty good hike.

          1. re: brucesw

            Wow....thanks. I didn't know that. Good suggestion. Having just come back from Mexico City I'm used to taking cabbie's numbers to call....so this will work just fine.

    2. If you don't care about fine dining, just convenience, there is a Cafe Express inside the museum, on the lower level. They do pretty good salads and sandwiches. It is very handy, especially if you are pressed for time because of your ticket to the Impressionist exhibit (I assume that might be why you are visiting), or just want a quick break.

      1. You are just three or four blocks from Danton's, seafood is excellent there. If you are in the mood for burgers and pub food Black Labrador (British pub food) is also about three blocks away as well. Food isn't great but their beer certainly is cold and tasty. They have wine, too. Cheap mexican food is also nearby on Richmond at Chapultapec (maybe six blocks) . If you have a fat wallet Max & Julie's french bistro is a little further down the road on Montrose as well. Their wine list is the best that close to the museum. Enjoy the exhibit.

        Black Labrador
        4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

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        1. re: MoreOysters

          You're right. All of that is much closer than the Village with Danton's under a half mile and Black Lab just over a half mile.

          That's a fairly easy walk I guess, but as a native Houstonian, it never would have occurred to me!

          1. re: DoobieWah

            The Village restaurants interest me more than the close ones...and I don't mind taking a cab. So....which should I choose? Prego or Cafe Rabelais? Is one better for lunch than the other?

            2520 Amherst St, Houston, TX 77005

            1. re: jrabbit2727

              Cafe Rebelais is a favorite of mine. Fantastic wine list with knowledgeable people to help out on the french centric wine list.