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Houston Steak and Ribs - really??

I just received a Groupon email. Their ad states "Meat, the handsomest of the food groups, gets its good looks from spice rubs, tenderizers, and long soaks in anti-aging marinades."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have zero desire to eat a steak that's been sitting in tenderizers. That's ARBY-esque disgusting.

Anyone have the (mis)fortune of eating at Houston's?

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  1. Please read this post

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/672411

    After you read it, delete that Groupon email, then delete all your other email, then delete your email program, then turn off your computer, then unplug your computer, then throw your computer in a garbage can, then set that garbage can on fire....essentially this will continue on until you are lying naked in your bathtub rocking back and forth in the fetal position singing the "crying game"

    I know that reading your post that you are really not entertaining the idea of trying it, but just to be clear, I do not recommend Houston Steak and Ribs, and suggest you spend your money on the other Groupon, which is probably for a manicure/pedicure, or teeth whitening, or Brazilian wax or something.

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    1. re: Lazar

      Just wanted to say that your reply made me laugh so hard I have tears streaming down my face...

      1. re: sake

        I had a good laugh this morning too. Thanks Lazar! :)

      2. re: Lazar

        I wouldn't eat at Houston's based on those commercials they ran. Honestly, they burned my taste buds in my ears and in my mouth.

        That Groupon: initially, I deleted it when i saw "Houston's", but as it was going to my Trash box, i quickly spied the description, went into my Trash, read the description, felt a little wave of nausea, then decided to post this topic to see if I was the dummy.

        Apparently, I am not a dummy. yay!!!

      3. Mmmmm....tenderizers and anti-aging marinades. Those are delicious.

        1. Possibly the worst experience I have ever had. I was not as lucky as you to be warned beforehand.

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          1. re: vaiguy777

            "Meat, the handsomest of food groups...?" WTF. I want to eat it not set it up with my sister.

            1. re: jamesm

              your sister seems to be more like a gherkin kind of lady.

              *zing!*

            1. re: magic

              I have heard mostly positive things about the chain in the States, why can't they duplicate the quality of the menu items here? I remember going to Houston at Vaughan Mills and I was regretting once i stepped into the restaurant!

              1. re: callitasicit

                The Houston here is not related to the chain in the States. They're just riding the brand recognition.

                Oh, and the chain in the States is "Houston's" so I guess the restaurant here can claim they aren't copying.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  Kind of like Alice Fazooli's vs Fazoli, or Wild Wing vs Buffalo Wild Wings. Steal the name and the concept and try to fool those who didn't do the research.

                  1. re: TorontoJo

                    It is ridiculous how they can fool the public that way, it is almost criminal. I wasn't sure if the one downtown was the same chain as the one that used to be at Vaughan Mills. Since that is the case, AVOID AVOID AVOID;)

              2. Agree with the other replies. This place is really bad. I can't understand how they stay in business....oh wait, the bar is jam packed every weekday from 4:00. They don't stay alive on tyhe food, that;s for sure.