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Dec 9, 2013 10:00 AM

Where to Eat - first time in Houston.

I will be in Houston, Texas, for business in January 2014.
Never been to Houston (or Texas for that matter).
Where should I eat?
Not looking for fancy - good local places please.

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  1. What an interesting and unique question!

    Just kidding. <wink> Two threads down from this is a thread titled "First Time Texas..." or something like that.

    First, Houston is a big city. If you don't know what part of town you'll be staying and/or working in, find that out and then let us know. (If you already know, then spill!)

    Anything in particular you're anxious to try? We're known for seafood, Asian, steaks, etc. Give us just a little bit to go on, and we'll take it from there.

    I can personally direct you to numerous "...[not] fancy - good local places..." if you'll be anywhere near Westchase or the Energy Corridor. Maybe even the Galleria area.

    Just let us know.

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    1. re: DoobieWah

      In addition, would probably help to know how long you're going to be here. One night? All month? Got a car?

    2. I will piggy back on your request. Dear Daughter has moved to Tomball. She has already scoped out the usual suspects. Would like something upscale, preferally coat and tie/ LBD and pearls.

      Thank you in advance.

      2 Replies
      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        My DD, who is is familiar with Tomball says don't be trippin', drive to Houston. :)

        1. re: Lambowner

          Hopefully will combine with a visit to your marvelous Symphony. Anything on the way to or in that area?

          Porterhouse is my favorite meal.

      2. Thanks for the replies...sorry I did not see the other post.

        I will be in Houston for 4 nights for a training class so I will be busy 9-4. I live outside of NYC so I have access to great restaurants but would like to get a "taste of Texas"....

        I will not have car and am staying in the Brookhollow area...
        Thanks in advance

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        1. re: Mairebk1

          I can't think of anything walking distance.

          A short cab ride will take you to Barbecue Inn for Chicken Fried Steak or Fried Chicken. Open until 9:30, this is an anachronistic warm-and-fuzzy from 1948. Ask for a piece of two or fried shrimp or fried oysters on the side. Skip the BBQ!

          Seriously. Don't even consider it.


          About a block and a half west of BBQ Inn is Flying Saucer Pies. They're only open until 7 and this isn't a sit down and eat pie shop but a take it to go pie shop. You can get everything by the slice though.


          Everything is good.

          The Galleria/Uptown area is also a short cab ride and has hundreds and possibly thousands of restaurants. I personally like Kenny & Ziggy's Deli, ( ).

          Enjoy your stay and let us know where you wind up.

          1. re: Mairebk1

            I don't even know where Brookhollow is for sure but I found several hotels with Brookhollow in the name in the 77092 area code. Is that where you are? Here is a listing of restos in that zip code from a local site:


            That look's pretty bad. Only places I'm familiar with other than chains are Capt. Benny's and Little Bitty Burger Barn, both of which are good though not the best in the city.

            I think on the Yellow Cab website you can estimate fares if that's an issue. Taxi's can be quite expensive in Houston as a recent visitor found out.

            Let us know the zip code of your hotel if that's not it and maybe we can help more, or maybe you need to consider a delivery service (Take-out Taxi??? or whatever it's called)

            1. re: brucesw

              Brookhollow is roughly the northwest corner of the loop at US 290.

              Across 290 from Northwest Mall.

              1. re: DoobieWah

                Okay, kinda what I concluded but some of those addresses in that zip are pretty far out 290. Another zip would be 77018:


                There's your BBQ Inn, pie shop, plus others i have at least heard of though never been.

                That Facundo's has been raved about a couple of times in the Press by Katherine Shillcutt.

                For the OP: in case you haven't guessed, Houston is not much of a city for walking and that surely applies to that neighborhood.

                1. re: brucesw

                  Yep. No question, if I were coming, I'd definitely rent a car. Even if that were not my original plan.

                  Sometimes one has to revert to Plan B, given new information.

                  You know?