anybody been to the house of blues in houston?
normally, we steer far away from the big chain restaurants, but on friday night we're going to a show at the house of blues and we're dressing in costume (burlesque). i think maybe the safest bet for not getting soooo many stares is by going where others may be doing the same.
so is it good? bad? mediocre? or are there much better restaurants in the immediate vicinity (we don't live in houston) that might also be in on the fun?
as it turned out, we were running way behind schedule, so we ended up just going the easy route and eating at the house of blues restaurant (crossroads). it was surprisingly good. maybe it was because my expectations were so low, but it was pretty tasty fare and didn't have that typical chain place sense of being stale. it wasn't the best ever and it was pretty pricey, but i'd certainly eat there again. i got the voodoo shrimp appetizer as my meal (we were in costume and mine was too tight to eat a big meal) and my husband got the juicy lucy burger. that i even remember the names of what we ate (after all the alcohol involved that night) means it must have been pretty good. ambiance isn't particularly special, but wasn't horrible.
It's pretty mediocre, think chain bar food. In the same complex are Mia Bella with decent Italian food for Houston, and right next door is a Moroccan/tapas place with pretty good food but service is spotty. You best bet might be Guadalajara Grill, same complex (Houston Pavilions) on the other side of the block, pretty good Tex-Mex and there is a bit of a bar scene there in the evenings.
I have not been to the main restaurant, but have heard it is pretty middle-of-the-road. I did attend a dinner in the Foundation Room a few years back, and I remember nothing about the food, which makes me think it must be fine, but not great--otherwise I would remember it being very bad or very good.