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starry diadem:
I'm going to the Galacticon 3/Comicpalooza  conventions in Houston next month (I'm actually chairing a panel on fanfiction and running a workshop on writing with another couple of writers  - gulp).  I don't know Houston at all, so for those of you who do, what's your recommendation for places to eat?

Thank you in advance.

Hmmmmm:
So I just checked and the event will be downtown at the George R Brown Convention center.

Have you made hotel reservations and if so, what area? Will you be renting a car?

Do you have dietary preferences? Vegan/Gluten free/Kosher/Other

Are you an adventurous eater? Houston surpased LA/NYC as most diverse city and our food cutlure reflects it.

Are you interested in both upscale, mid range, low end? How do you feel about "hole in the wall" i.e. could be a little scary if you went late at night?

starry diadem:

--- Quote from: Hmmmmm on April 18, 2013, 04:25:42 PM ---So I just checked and the event will be downtown at the George R Brown Convention center.

Have you made hotel reservations and if so, what area? Will you be renting a car?

Do you have dietary preferences? Vegan/Gluten free/Kosher/Other

Are you an adventurous eater? Houston surpased LA/NYC as most diverse city and our food cutlure reflects it.

Are you interested in both upscale, mid range, low end? How do you feel about "hole in the wall" i.e. could be a little scary if you went late at night?

--- End quote ---


I'm staying at the Hilton attached to the convention centre, but I won't have a car as I don't like driving on the wrong side of the road in strange cities.  I don't mind taking cabs, though!

I'm pretty adventurous in what I eat with no restrictions - except I detest sushi.

I don't have much of a feel for the prices there.  I live in London, where  a good lunch for two would be $150 or so, although I stress that's an occasional treat and not the usual thing I'd do.  One special meal while I'm away is a must to celebrate getting through my panel and workshop in one piece, but mostly I suppose I'll try a range of prices and cuisines. I love Mexican food, so any recommendations there would be welcome.

Hmmmmm:
I'm going to start with mostly locations downtown or near the downtown area. Your going to love Houston food prices compared to London.

TexMex food
Ninfa's on Navigation - will be a taxi ride and a "sketchy" area but perfectly safe.  Mama Ninfa was queen of TexMex for years in Houston and her kid's are carrying on her tradition at this one location.
http://www.ninfas.com/
Their more upscale version is El Tiempo. Also a taxi ride and more expensive.
http://www.eltiempocantina.com/
And a personal favorite of mine
http://elrealtexmex.com/

Real Mexican food
Hugo's is Nationally acclaimed and is Mexican not TexMex. Also more expensive.
http://hugosrestaurant.net/

Cajun - Downtown
Rajin Cajun on Main Street
http://www.ragin-cajun.com/restaurant/
Treebeards has a ton of locations downtown but is only open for lunch.  The closest one to the convention center would be the one on McKinney Street.

Off Beat
Bombay Pizza Company - Get's national acclaim. The one on Main street is Downtown
http://www.bombaypizzaco.com/

High End Steakhouse (My UK boss always has to go eat steak)
http://www.vicandanthonys.com
Not as High end but still darn expensive but close to the convention center.
http://www.iiiforks.com/menu.php

High End Creole
Brennan's of Houston - As close to a New Orleans experience as you'll get in Houston
www.brennanshouston.com

Beaver's is a fun place with "Texas style" menu
beavershouston.com

KimSon is a massive Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant. I can't say it's the best in Houston but it is good and the one on Jefferson is close to the convention center.
http://www.kimsonrestaurants.com/menus/kim-son-jefferson-menu

Burger's I recommend Hubcap grill. The one downtown is only open till 2pm for lunch but the heights one is open late.
http://hubcapgrill.com/hubcap_grill_downtown.html

District 7 Grill has a few locations around Downtown. Good food at reasonable prices.
http://www.district7grill.com/


Library Dragon:
Just returned from a convention in Houston.  Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel (an easy three block walk from the Hilton) is good Italian.  The chef is from northern Italy.  He made DH and me a specialized tasting menu with matching wines.  I impressed because they didn't skimp on the wine.  They gave a good pour, then refilled if we needed and didn't charge for another glass.

The risotto was very good.  They also asked about any food allergies, preferences, etc., before coming up with the dishes.   

They have a more casual bar menu as well.  The portions are a decent size.  If you're used to London prices I don't think you will have price shock. 

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