Eating options at IAH (outside security) or in vicinity of the airport?
Hi, Houston 'hounds,
I will be dropping off someone at IAH for a 6pm flight and then spending the night at an airport hotel (not chosen yet) so I can fly out early the next day.
Can anybody recommend a good place for dinner inside the airport (but outside security)? I've looked at past threads and pre-security pickings look pretty slim, with a deli being just about the only option. Anyone know of anything else?
In the alternative, can anyone recommend a nice restaurant for a solo diner in the vicinity of the airport hotels? I don't mind booking a hotel within safe walking distance of a good place to eat or a modest taxi ride (won't have a car at that point).
Thanks for any any guidance you can give. I'm happy with any cuisine but really would prefer not to end up with indigestible fast-food joints. I've got a long flight the next day!
This topic comes up frequently. Unfortunately your options are limited. In the airport, but outside security, I can only think of a coffee hutch.
Ironically, the best food options are past security. The food is quite good at the airport. This list shows a couple of places pre-security:
Thanks very much for those links. I had missed seeing the recommendations for Jimmy G's seafood place, and google indicates there are a couple of good hotels right near it, so that looks like a worakable solution.
Do you have any idea if it is safe to take a 5-minute walk after dinner in the dark in that area, or would I do better to take a taxi? (Woman alone.)
Definitely not. Jimmy G's is pretty good, but it's not a highly populated area and as you found, not considered a safe area at all. There is a Marriott on the airport premises with a tram to the terminals. There is a luxury hotel that was built as an Intercontinental Hotel some years ago that I once had a meal at and it was quite good. It sold though and I don't know the current name. It's on the Beltway 8. Maybe someone here knows what it goes by now. Let us know what you decided and enjoy your trip!
What I was able to do was book a night flight, and thus will now be able to eat in the post-security zone of the airport once I drop off my travel partner. I see lots of detailed reports of the in-terminal choices in the links you provided, so I'll study those.
Had I not been able to get that night flight, I would have booked the Marriott, which advertises itself as having 2 restaurants.
Thanks for the assistance! I especially appreciate the candid advice about the 'nabe. On some Chowhound boards, people start to badger you that you ought to be willing to risk your life for a better meal!