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We will be in Houston this weekend and none of us know anything about the area. We will be in a hotel near the airport, and need good TexMex suggestions. If you want to throw in other activities we wouldn't be opposed to hearing them.

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  1. Can you let us know which airport -- Hobby or IAH? Will you have a car, and if so, how far are you willing to drive?

    1. We will be near IAH, won't have a car, but will definitely be willing to explore transportation options.

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      1. re: Bekahlandrews

        I live about 20 minutes east of IAH. I hate to break the bad news, but in my opinion, there's not any really great Tex-Mex in our part of town. And the transportation options are a little dire if you don't have a car. Near the airport can mean a lot of things in Houston, so if you don't mind telling, a more specific location would help. There are assorted tiny little neighborhood places, and some Texas chains in the area that are pretty popular, but not necessarily my favorites. Chuey's is on Highway 59, north of the airport, and Pappasitos is on FM 1960, also north of the airport. If you are staying to the west of the airport, there is Lupe Tortilla. Of the three of these, Lupe Tortilla is my preference, but it's kind of like BBQ. It could be argued endlessly.

        1. re: arashall

          I'd agree with that assessment. Lupe Tortilla is pretty good for a TexMex chain. I really like their Enchiladas Verdes - chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce.

          And DO NOT FORGET to ask for Charro Beans, instead of refried. That's one of the best things about eating Mexican food in Texas. Charro Beans are practically impossible to find in many other locales.

          And they're oh so good.

          1. re: Jaymes

            At Lupe, it's the bacon that makes the beans :-)

      2. I guess that I should share that if you change your mind about Mexican, and want something fancy, there is an exceptionally good French restaurant called Chez Nous in Humble, TX. Very close to the airport. http://cheznousfrenchrestaurant.com/

        1. Does it really have to be Tex-Mex? If so, you'll probably be happy with Pappasitos (15380 I-45 North) easily accessible by taxi. If you want really excellent local seafood, I strongly suggest Jimmy G's (307 N. Sam Houston Pkwy) also a short cab ride from the IAH area.

          1. agree w/the chez nous rec! fwiw, cat cora has recently opened a rest in terminal E.

            1. Thanks, y'all. Your help is much appreciated. I'm not entirely sure we will be up to a French restaraunt (we will be traveling internationally), but will definitely put it on my list for a later date.