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Need help to find best Houston has to offer!

Looking for a restaurant with relatively inventive cuisine using fresh local ingredients

I'd prefer high quality American, Texan or Southwest not French, Italian, Japanese, thai, etc. We are spoiled New Yorkers so we want to taste the best of Houston, not branches of places we have in New York.

The closer to downtown the better as we won't have a car and don't want to spend too much on cabs.

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    1. Local things that would be different here are the seafood offerings from the Gulf of Mexico. For good fresh seafood close to downtown, try Mardi Gras Grill. Oysters have been unbelievably small so ask before ordering them. Something else that might be different for you would be Mexican food at El Tiempo on Washington. We love their shrimp/crab nachos/quesadillas.

      1. Brennan's or Mark's would be a good bet.

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        1. re: DaTulip

          Thanks. These sound good. Will be there for 4 days...any others? Forgot to mention, we don't want to do BBQ (I'm not meat eater)

          1. re: DaTulip

            +1 on Brennan's (shrimp and grits!!)

          2. Reef sources local Gulf fish not usually found anywhere else. I've provided a link to the restaurant and it also has a New York Times link to Reef and other places you might find interesting.

            http://reefhouston.com/

            1. Here's some more seafood places courtesy of Houston Press.

              http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/...