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May 24, 2011 09:50 AM

One night in Houston - dinner recos, please

Technically two nights, but we are doing Mexican one night and have the second night (Saturday) open for dinner. Suggestions? I lived in Houston eight years ago and had many, many favorites back then (but admittedly was less of a food snob then, too). I don't know how any of those stack up now, though (or if they even exist anymore).

Here's what we (hubs and me) do and don't want:

No Mexican (already covered Friday)
Open to seafood or steak
No chains
No real price limit but we don't want to go somewhere stuffy-expensive
Good scene but not so loud that we have to scream to hear one another
No "scene-y" places (that require reservations a year in advance or at any point involves a velvet rope)
In an area where we could conceivably grab a drink nearby after

We're staying at ZaZa if that helps, but we will have a car.

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  1. Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen is one of our absolute favorites in town, and it's just a few blocks from ZaZa on Montrose.

    1. Just a little further north on Montrose: Canopy and Brasserie Max and Julie (which is just a few doors from Zimm's Wine Bar).