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Downtown's best?

Greetings from a New Orleans Chowhounder! I get to Houston often but am either staying with family/friends off Memorial near Gessner or out in Kingwood. Consequently, they, fellow foodies, have taken me to such restaurants as Hugo's, Feast, Da Marco, Mark's, Chez Nous, Ibiza (sp?) and Cafe Rabelais (sp?). I'm coming to town with a buddy this weekend for a few Astros-Red Sox games and staying downtown for the first time, at the Alden.

Which places might I consider, type of cuisine immaterial, in/near downtown Houston? We won't have a car and I would not get crushed with cab fares over a 3-day period. I thank you much in advance!

Oh, the current opiniions on Cafe Annie? Haven't been in ages.

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Da Marco
1520 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

Cafe Annie
1728 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

Chez Nous
217 S Avenue G, Humble, TX 77338

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  1. I was going to recommend Brennan's, but guess you already know about that :-) I'll be at Mr. B's in 3 weeks, can't wait!! I don't dine downtown much but I would NOT recommend Reef. Lots of people here love it but my one experience will keep me from ever returning.

    To get something Mexican near downtown, try El Tiempo on Washington. Crab quesadillas to die for. Casual atmosphere, good service, great food, wonderful margaritas. I haven't been to Hugo's but it's on my list, it looks really good.

    Chez Nous is in Humble, right? That's an expensive cab ride.

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    1. re: texasredtop

      Thanks for the suggestions, RedTop! Yes, that would be quite the haul and mega $$ to head out to Chez Nous. My friends in Kingwood and I go there about every 3rd or 4th time I visit, always top-notch. I appreciate the tip on El Tiempo, gotta get something in that vein every time I'm in Houston. Hugo's is my favorite Houston restaurant, we so don't have anything that ambitious in New Orleans Latin options. But I need something new. Much obliged!

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      Chez Nous
      217 S Avenue G, Humble, TX 77338

      1. re: sanglier

        Yes, I was thinking what could he/she possible have here that he can't get better in NO. That's when I came up with El Tiempo. I think it's much more casual than Hugo's. But I've always had good service and great food. The beef filet fajitas are really good but don't miss the crab quesadilla. It's huge too. Let us know where you end up and how you like it.

    2. 17, in your hotel, is still quite good. Flying Saucer is a good brew pub sort of place. There are many other places nearby. Will add more as I think of them. Voice & Hearsay Gastro Lounge are nice too..

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      1. re: DaTulip

        Thanks Tulip, I'd been told that 17 was good. Maybe I ought not dismiss it out of hand for the simple reason that it's where I'm staying! Always feel the need to catch a meal away from the hotel when I travel, but that really makes no sense when you think about it.

      2. Cafe TH on Pease has some really great Vietnamese. Their Bánh mì is the stuff dreams are made of. Try one with the pork meatballs, and you will love it. Open for dinner only Thurs/Fri from 6 - 9. Lunch M - Sat 11 -3.

        http://cafeth.com/

        1. Cafe Annie closed a while ago. It's been replaced by RDG+Bar Annie at 1800 Post Oak. I second 17. I also like Piola for pizza, Irma's by the ball park (although it's pricey for Mexican food), TQLA on Washington for Mexican and a jillion kinds of tequila. Downtown is a little lacking these days, unless you like steak. And then there are tons of choices it seems.

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          Cafe Annie
          1728 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

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          1. re: Lambowner

            Thanks for the tips Lambowner! When you say "replaced" by RDG + Bar Annie, does that mean it has downscaled in terms of atmosphere/ambition/price? And what are the steak houses you speak of downtown? Del Frisco's in that number, or are they in another part of town? Haven't checked. My buddy loves DF.

            1. re: sanglier

              Morton's and Vic & Anthonys are both DT. I think the only DF location is in the Galleria. The Hilton of the Americas has a nice sky bar type resto as well as another steakhouse.

              1. re: DaTulip

                Is Vic and Anthony's as good/better than Del Frisco's, in your opinion? And I looked at the lunch and dinner menus at RDG + Bar Annie, and I must say they look really good! Any feeback?

                1. re: sanglier

                  I'm afraid to me a steak is a steak is a... so I can't offer my opinion on which is better, but I do HEAR that V&A's gets great love even though it's a Landry's holding. I have been to the steakhouse in the Hilton of the Americas and they have great creamed spinach and service. And steak, of course. There's also Strip Steakhouse and Shula's Steakhouse downtown.

                  I got no intel on RDG, but plenty has been written on it in the Chron.com and Houstonpress.com.

                2. re: DaTulip

                  The view is terrific from the top floor bar/restaurant in the Hilton but the food and ambience - not so much. Spencer's steakhouse in the lobby is much better food-wise. Excellent crab cakes (and crab legs on the lounge menu) and if you're getting a salad, ask for their wonderful balsamic dressing. Order extra on the side because you'll be tempted just to drink it out of the bowl.

            2. Treebeards in the basement of 1100 Louisiana is cheap and good cajun cafeteria style service. Out past midtown on Westheimer you have the awesome Indika - a modern Indian restaurant with high prices but nice decor and ambience and wickedly good food - not your traditional Indian but great. In midtown you have Damiens a good Italian but with very high prices.

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              Indika
              516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

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              1. re: kagemusha49

                Sanglier - being that you are from NOLA, I'd give Treebeards a miss. It's fine for a DT lunch stop - good red beans and rice - but won't come close to what you have at home.

                1. re: DaTulip

                  Da Tulip, I agree on Treebird's. I would put it as a decent choice if you're stuck on jury duty, a person from New Orleans would be bitterly disappointed.