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peter j Mar 15, 2013 01:30 PM

I'd be interested in any dining suggestions near the Houston Grand Opera. Anything from barbecue to fine dining. Thanks!

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  1. Lambowner Mar 15, 2013 02:34 PM

    The HGO performs at the Wortham Theater in the Theater district downtown Houston. Their website has some nearby suggestions.

    http://www.houstongrandopera.org/hotels/

    For theater dining, I like the Bistro in the historic Lancaster Hotel. I also liked Artista before a recent event. Artista is a Cordua restaurant with a South American flair. Further afield, but still not far are places like Reef, Ibiza, Damian's (Italian) and Piola Pizza. You will need a car or short cab ride to get there. Let us know what you found!

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      peter j Mar 19, 2013 11:05 AM

      Thanks for these suggestions. Is it easy to get a cab ride in Houston? If so I may decide not to rent a car.

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        James Cristinian Mar 19, 2013 11:11 AM

        Not really. There won't be a problem at your hotel or the opera, but you can't hail one on the street like you can in NYC or Chicago. You have to call one to your restaurant. I'd rent a car.

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          brucesw Mar 19, 2013 11:20 AM

          Depends on what you consider easy. If you're staying at a major hotel there will be cabs standing at the front door, probably, or, if there are several hotels in the neighborhood, a cab stand nearby that can be summoned quickly.

          It is illegal to hail a cab on the streets so there are no cabs cruising looking for fares.

          Calling one to pick you up at a restaurant will not be a big hassle; the resto might even do it for you.

          The major companies are Yellow, which dispatches Yellow and Taxis Fiesta (bilingual drivers) and United. Yellow has a smart phone app I think.

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            peter j Mar 19, 2013 11:32 AM

            Thank you both. This info is very helpful!

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        peter j May 5, 2013 04:55 AM

        Trip report: We dined at the Bistro in the Lancaster Hotel before the opera - great food and service, and conveniently located too.

        During the rest of our stay we also tried Gatlin's BBQ which lived up to the hype, and Underbelly which was recently featured in the New York Times. My favorites there were the swordfish, Korean braised goat with dumplings, vinegar pie, and caramel popcorn pot de creme. Very creative and well executed.

        We enjoyed out visit and plan to return soon to try the other recs on this thread. Thanks again for your responses.

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          DoobieWah May 6, 2013 08:42 AM

          And thanks for the report.

          We always appreciate our visitors letting us know what they tried and how they found it. It helps us to make recommendations to future visitors.

          Come back any time!

        2. Lambowner Jul 15, 2013 03:25 PM

          I don't know if this is a recent development or what, but we went to the theater recently and had brunch at the Bistro Lancaster. It was really bad and expensive food. The $15 hamburger was a frozen patty cooked to oblivion, the $18 version of eggs benedict was topped with a glop commercial grade mayo made yellow somehow in an effort to approximate hollandaise sauce and failing completely in the process. We ordered cocktails when we arrived and they asked us how to make them, because they don't usually serve drinks in the morning. It was 1:00 p.m on a Saturday. The Lancaster used to be "the" place to dine before the theater. I once saw Olivia De Haviland dining there. How far the mighty have fallen. I'll not be back.

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