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Jan 1, 2014 12:56 PM

Hillstone/Houston's -- excellent service

Nor is it true of many other chains, mid or high range.

Just to name one...Hillstone/Houston's food and service is better than most privately run restaurants.

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  1. I completely agree about Houstons. I have nothing but praise about their location in Addison, TX, where I dined quite a few times and I recommend it.

    1. There is a Houston's called Rutherford Grill in wine country that has no resemblance to a chain. The food is outstanding and so is the service.

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      1. re: wincountrygirl

        I just looked at the RG menu....very similar and up to 20% off on similar menu items compared to my NJ location...very nice.

        I'd like to try a Bandera location myself.

      2. I ate at Houston's many times for lunch when I lived in Chicago. It was across the street from my office. Lots of good choices. I know any decent place can do a good salad, but theirs were great. It took me a few years to replicate their spinach/artichoke dip but I got pretty close and make it a few times a year.

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        1. re: KrumTx

          Regardless of favorites at Houston's are

          * The Grilled Artichoke

          * The Smoke Salmon

          * The Blue Cheese Dressed salad with Bacon

          * The Loaded Baked Potato.

          1. re: fourunder

            +1 on the grilled artichoke, and their filet with blue cheese is always cooked perfectly. Their in-house smoked salmon is over the top and a good portion.

            1. re: Veggo

              The Filet, Baked Potato and Salad used to be my Sunday Night Meal

              with regards to the smoked salmon....when they put it on hiatus...I thought about boycotting...

        2. I think Houston's is expensive for what you get, but the food is always good and the service is always impeccable. Their veggie burger is delicious, and I prefer it to a lot of actual meat hamburgers at a lot of places. Their buttermilk garlic salad dressing is awesome too, but my favorite thing there is their braised red cabbage with goat cheese. I've tried replicating it at home several times, to no avail.

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          1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

            it's very true about the menu prices at Houston's. I can't speak for other locations, but here in NJ...

            Spinach Dip............16
            Smoked Salmon.....16

            Traditional Salad.....12
            Thai Steak salad ....21
            Tuna Sashimi........21


            1/2 Rotisserie Chicken....24
            Barbecue Ribs.............32

          2. Last night @ Houston's with my son and nephew....luckily we had a reservation @ 8PM, sat down at 8:15. There was a 2 hour and 15 minute wait.

            4 cocktails
            Iced Tea
            2 Smoked Salmon
            3 Traditional Salads
            New York Strip Steak, Baked Potato and Cole Slaw
            French Dip
            Kale Salad
            Black Eye Peas....

            20% Tip

            $275 all in

            It is definitely expensive.

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            1. re: fourunder

              4under, you are a golfer, and you know the mantra...Ya gotta pay to plaaaay. I'm sure it was good, and a fun time!

              1. re: Veggo

                I'm a fan for sure....the french dip is prime rib...the steak was from Allen Brothers and it was excellent. There are no better sides anywhere.

                The only disappointments last night

                no artichokes
                no red cabbage
                No Pork Chop on the Winter menu.

                1. re: Veggo

                  btw...totally useless nephew's fiance used to work at this location and it is the busiest and highest dollar volume store....Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack, NJ.

                  1. re: fourunder

                    Maybe that's why they were out of artichokes!