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Looking for a great but not too fancy restaurant in Houston (not from the area) to celebrate our 5th anniversary.

We are a gay couple in our mid 40s and would like to go somewhere that we will be comfortable and welcomed. Montrose area perhaps?

Any cuisine works for us - probably not Japanese for this occasion (though we do enjoy it).

Also any other recommendations for our weekend (non-anniversary appropriate!) are also welcome.

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  1. Oh my! That is a big field. Would you mind sharing where you are from, or what you have lots of in your area, so that we can point you toward something good that you might not have all the time? If you're from San Antonio, we don't want to recommend Tex Mex :-)

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    1. re: arashall

      We're from the San Francisco area, been here a couple of years after 20 years in NYC. We do get excellent (though mostly low-end) Mexican food out here. We also have quite a lot of Asian food.

      Cuisine will be less important than comfort and atmosphere. The food must be great however!

      1. re: sideoffries

        On a nice day or evening, have Italian and some of the best pizza in town at Dolce Vita. Large patio.

        PS, check their hours, they have recently changed them and lunch is scarce now:

        http://www.dolcevitahouston.com/

        1. re: Lambowner

          OK. I'm going to confess. After several years of hearing the hype, I finally made it to Dolce Vita, for my birthday, week before last. I'm sorry. I was not impressed with the pizza. It was good, but certainly not mind-blowing. Maybe it was an off night. Crust was not even nicely browned on edges. And I'd be willing to bet good money that my pistacio gelato was Blue Bell. It was bright green.

          1. re: arashall

            I'm sorry you were disappointed. It is one of my favorite places in town, though I haven't been in a long while. Favs include the shaved brussels sprouts, mushrooms with mint, strawberry and ricotta (sounds weird, but works), fried artichokes, the pastas and of course the pizza, which I haven't found a match for here in town. Any suggestions (other than Pizaro)? I prefer the thinnest crust.

    2. Try Indika - great atmosphere and decor - great fusiony Indian food - more expensive than your usual Indian resto

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      1. re: kagemusha49

        Indika is a great option. You might also consider Hugo's. Both are excellent.

      2. I'd consider Backstreet Cafe. Also by chef Hugo Ortega.

        http://backstreetcafe.net/about.html

        1. Sunday brunch at Hugo's is outstanding.