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Apr 18, 2012 10:44 PM

Houston circa 1992 - epicureal nostalgia

Returning to Houston along with my wife and kids for a brief visit in May after two decades in the Bay Area. I'm looking to recreate some of my early-90's culinary experiences, and am hoping some folks on this board can point me in the right direction (or at least the general area).

We'll be with the kids 24/7 so this won't be a time for high-end meals -- just kid friendly and fun, with a focus on the places Dad used to go when he was young and carefree.

Many of these spots may be gone or so transformed that they may as well be gone. If that's the case, can anyone recommend a better replacement?

Here's my list:

Cortes Deli for migas. I know they're gone, but where can you go for good migas in Houston now?

Chuy's for the 911 Hot Plate. I'm sure after September 11 they've renamed this dish, but does it still exist? Is Chuy's worth it?

Chinese Cafe for sweet and sour prawns and everything Chinese. Still there?

Star Pizza for the Joe's Special.

59 Diner for the kids.

Last Concert Cafe for the ambiance. I can't remember the food.

Thanks in advance...

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  1. Star Pizza still there - two locations. I like the place, the wait for a fresh pizza can take some time so order salads and sit near a tv or try the lunch buffet. Chuys is still on Westheimer and has now spread to the 'burbs. Westheimer is the first and best. I don't recall seeing a 911 Hot Plate. Last Concert is still there and a night club at night. I don't see it as a kid place really. 59 diner has also expanded to other locations. I don't know about Chinese Cafe, but since you were here, the New Chinatown has sprouted and proliferated on Bellaire between 59 and Beltway 8, generally. Hundreds of Chinese places. Others can better suggest migas, not a breakfast person! Although the rustic Los Dos Amigos on Washington is popular for their breakfasts and I like their lunches! Welcome back, Dad!