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looking for Houston suggestions nr Galleria/Westin

shellymck Oct 28, 2002 03:22 PM


I'm a DC Chowhound coming to Houston for a conference.
I will be staying at the Westin, be on a budget, and dependent on public transportation.

Are there any restaurants within walking distance worth checking out? All types of food are okay.

Thanks in advance,

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    Howard Coone Oct 28, 2002 05:02 PM

    If you are interested in some very good seafood, try Christie's on Westheimer.

    Link: http://www.christies-restaurant.com/i...

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    1. re: Howard Coone
      John Scar Oct 28, 2002 08:13 PM

      You will be able to find all kinds of places to eat in the area. Problem is public transportation blows in this city.
      Budget minded restaurants to check out are:
      Berryhill Fish Tacos and Tamales at Post Oak and San Felipe. fish tacos are very good. $8-15

      Alexander the Greek on Hidalgo just off sage. Greek food is just plain fun. $10-20

      Amazon in the back of the Pavillion shopping center on Post Oak. South American fast food. All is good $8-15

      Texadelphia Cheesesteak sanwiches on Post Oak next top the greeatest restaurant(its not) ever in the mind of Howard Koone, Christies Seafood. Tasty cheesesteaks with mustard blend. $5-10

      1. re: John Scar
        Howard Coone Oct 28, 2002 08:40 PM

        Texadelphia is a joke. Obviously, you have never had a REAL Philly cheesesteak from Pat's or Geno's. The closest Texan version can be found at Galligaskin's in Ft. Worth.

        1. re: Howard Coone
          John Scar Oct 29, 2002 09:57 AM

          Texadelphia is not a classic cheesesteak, never said it was. And I have been to Pat's and yes its better.

          1. re: John Scar
            Kirk Oct 29, 2002 10:37 AM

            But is it as good a Christie's? : D

            1. re: Kirk
              John Scar Oct 29, 2002 03:07 PM

              Funny thing is, Prince's fried shrimp is better than Christies.

          2. re: Howard Coone
            Greg Spence Oct 29, 2002 12:26 PM

            I agree that Texadelphia is a joke. For me, the next best to the real thing available in Texas is found at Delaware Subs in Austin. Their Friday special italian sausage sub is worthy of sub worship.

            1. re: Greg Spence
              Howard Coone Oct 29, 2002 02:59 PM

              Delaware Sub's cheesesteaks are OK, but what's up with the ketchup they put on em?

              1. re: Howard Coone
                John Scar Oct 29, 2002 03:11 PM

                I would never have them put ketchup on my cheesesteak at Deleware.
                Texedelphia's sandwiches were better when they used the original bread they used to serve. No they are not the best but it is sort of a novelty item. Also for a true texas twist on their sandwich I ask for queso instead of the crap they call cheese.

                Jake's Phillysteaks serves a good CS.

          3. re: John Scar
            Fitzy Nov 1, 2006 08:42 PM

            You should try Charley's Grilled Subs in the West Oak Mall. Delicious!

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          Julie Oct 28, 2002 10:10 PM

          Try MAVERICK Supper + Whiskey adjacent to the Hotel Derek at the corner of Westheimer and Loop 610 - stone's throw from the Galleria. South by southwestern cuisine - comfort food with a delightful Texas twist. Recommend ribeye and Dr. Pepper marinated pork chops, as well as Shiner Bock Tenderloin. S'mores for desert . . . .mmmmm!

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          1. re: Julie
            John Scar Oct 29, 2002 09:58 AM

            I don't think Maverick is budget minded?

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            MidtownCoog Oct 29, 2002 08:34 AM

            You can walk up and down Post Oak Ln. Tons of shops, and a number of restaurants. Nothing "awesome" that I can think of, but you might want to try Eatzi's and
            Ziggy's Deli.

            There is stuff to eat in the Galleria. Many folks seem to really like The Cheescake Factory, but I have never been there.

            Link: http://www.eatzis.com/find/find_03.htm

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            1. re: MidtownCoog
              John Scar Oct 30, 2002 07:01 PM

              I'd check out central market and Eatzi's if there wasn't one in my town. CM is on Westheimer about 1.5-2 miles east of Galleria.

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              pineapple Oct 31, 2002 11:27 AM

              i'll also be staying at the westin/galleria, and would appreciate any suggestions.

              can someone let us know what "neighborhood" the hotel is in? i've been trying to look on houston citysearch, but i have no sense of the geography and layout of the city.


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              1. re: pineapple
                Mesquite Oct 31, 2002 11:42 AM

                Amazingly enough, the Westin Galleria is in the Galleria "neighborhood," but that probably won't do you much good to know since citysearch will probably return well over 1,000 restaurants within 5 miles of that area.

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                  MidtownCoog Oct 31, 2002 12:04 PM


                  1. re: MidtownCoog
                    MidtownCoog Oct 31, 2002 02:20 PM

                    Well you made me curious, since I live in Houston and only to go Uptown to shop instead of eat.

                    Here's a link to visiting uptown...

                    Link: http://www.uptown-houston.com/about/visiting.html

                    Image: http://www.uptown-houston.com/images/...

                  2. re: pineapple
                    JOhn Scar Oct 31, 2002 01:39 PM

                    Citysearch is of little help in Houston. They abondoned there office space here a few months ago.

                    IMO the galleria are is one of the worst area's in Houston for food. Sure you can get Morton's, Pappas, and Sullivan's for a steak fix or PF CHangs and Cheesesteak Factory for a chain fix, but generally you are not looking at the cutting edge of culinary adventure here. Don't get me wrong you can get good food in the Galleria I just have a feeling you can get that type food in any relatively large city.

                    If you must dine in the Galleria area and are looking for something a little different try Bombay Palace on Westheimer for Indian food.
                    For Italian, Arcodoro can sometimes be exceptional other times it is a little but of a letdown of sorts. Regardless it has a very nice atmosphere and is across Westheimer from the Westin.

                    1. re: JOhn Scar
                      RV Oct 31, 2002 03:55 PM

                      Try Sammys lebanese(sage and hidalgo).

                      1. re: RV
                        John Scar Nov 1, 2002 06:52 AM

                        Sammy's is pretty good. Haven't been in awhile though.

                  3. Sahel578 Nov 6, 2006 06:33 PM

                    I'm also from DC, been in Texas 5 years. DO NOT go to Texadelphia, you will be totally disgusted as it is so far different from what we have back home.

                    I second Amazon. Bistro Moderne at the Hotel Derek got a good review in Gourmet magazine, but thats a magazine review.. any other hounds tried it?

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                      yimay Nov 6, 2006 10:46 PM

                      the only restaurants i can think of in walking distance in that area that stands out is Cafe Annie and Americas. not cheap though. i recommend you rent a car and head inside the loop. then you will probably get many more recommendations for one of the best cities to eat in.

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                        Rene Nov 7, 2006 03:17 AM

                        Churrascos is a fantastic south American restaurant on Westheimer near Beltway 8 in an area called Westchase. I'm not a Houstonian so am not familiar with the public transportation situation. At any rate, go for lunch. Even if you have to grab a cab, the menu prices are about 1/3 of the dinner prices and the dishes are so freaking fabulous! It's a great experience!

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                          texnosh Nov 7, 2006 03:56 AM

                          Americas, 1800 Post Oak Blvd, can be expensive but is wonderful for its churrasco steak with a side of onions and hot peppers, assortment of South American veggies, and tres leches dessert.

                          A bit further down the block is Eatzi's for take out or eat-in food, also on Post Oak.

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