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Top Sites and Restaurants

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Top Sites and Restaurants

I'm from San Francisco, staying at the Hilton Americas and attending a two-day conference at the convention center. I will have two nights available for dinner and something else afterwards that doesn't include alcohol or dancing. Any suggestions of local (non-chain) restaurants that will give me a flavor of the food in your area (BBQ, steaks?)? I hate it when I go home and someone says, "did you try _____" and it turns out to be a famous hole in the wall place with great food that I missed out on!

I would also be interested in night time activities... maybe like dueling piano, (clean) comedy club, or jazz club type of place where I can sit, listen, drink soda, just so that I'm not stuck in the hotel room. Except that it has to be safe... Asian female wandering alone...

On Saturday after checkout, I should have free time until 4:00 p.m. when I head to the airport, so I will have time to visit several places. What are the top two attractions that screams Houston? I imagine NASA to be one, but I'm not sure.

I won't have a car for the nights (for dinner) but would be open to renting a car on Saturday if it will get me from one place to another more quickly. I'm more about quickly seeing three places than taking the time to enjoy one place for the entire time.

I did review a bunch of former posts and collected several pages of info but want to get your opinions to help me narrow down what I need to research. Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Top Sites and Restaurants

Top attractions are really in the eye of the beholder. What's important to me may not be interesting at all to you. Houston is very spread out and we always have a car so my recommendations might not work for you.

The Mucky Duck http://www.mcgonigels.com/ is a great live music room. They also serve food. They Doesy Doe is also great but way far north from down town.http://www.doseydoe.com/

The section of Westheimer Rd. near Montrose has lots of interesting shops. If you like burgers, I suggest Lankford Grocery and Market www.lankfordgrocery.com. Niko Niko's has great greek food http://www.nikonikos.com/ and Baby Barnaby's Cafe has a great breakfast. http://barnabyscafe.com/ All of those are in that general area.

I like the Nature museum and the the Contemporary Art museum. NASA is very cool, but takes most of a day. There's a nice zoo. Last time we were there, we stopped at the Boneyard Dogpark and Drinkery and had a great time drinking beer and watching all of the dogs. http://www.boneyardhouston.com/

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You MUST check out Underbelly! My current fav restaurant in town. The focus is locally sourced food. Chef Chris Shepherd and his team are doing amazing things!

http://underbellyhouston.com/

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You'll find the mosting amazing food at Sparrow, a downtown restaurant that would be a short cab ride from Hilton. It's on Travis near W. Alabama. I highly suggested reservations as this is a very popular place, or you can eat at the bar which is fine too. It's small, eclectic, very cozy atmosphere and the most amazing dishes prepared with local foods. I don't recommend bbq because surprisingly enough Houston doesn't have fantastic bbq, and I've lived here all my life. Evening entertainment, I suggest checking into the plantetarium and/or Imax at Museum of Natural Science to see what's going on there. The Museum of Fine Arts also shows films so it might be a quiet way to spend the evening out. If that's too quiet, maybe jazz at Sambuca restaurant downtown.The Rice Village is a nice shopping, dining area near downtown, and very safe. If you want to experience Texas flavor, maybe check out the George Ranch about 30 minutes southwest of downtown. It wouldn't be too time consuming. Have fun!

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5. Re: Top Sites and Restaurants

Hi,

Try this website:

www.b4-u-eat.com/eat002.asp…

I have it on the downtown area "page", but you can easily navigate from the main page, left hand column for type of food and area of town.

We just ate at Hearsay Gastro Pub in downtown; it has good food and a lively bar scene. Sambuca has amazing crab cakes, and a good band for dancing.

Head to Midtown to Laurenzo's, for the best burger and fries, and a prime rib taco that is amazing:

http://www.laurenzos.net/

Washington Avenue is a street of bars and restaurants, and you can easily go from one to the other. They can be found listed on that website, as well.

Midtown is another great area for nightlife, near downtown.Ibiza is very good, and Christian's Tailgate is great for burgers and more.

I'm not sure how much time you will have after hotel check-out. getting to Nasa and back takes some time, and you probably need to be at the airport a good 90 minutes before your flight.

If you're looking for a good lunch during the weekdays, head to District 7:

http://district7grill.com/

There's a $6.00 taxi deal within the downtown area that might help you, too.:

www.houstontx.gov/downtowncab/index.htm

Hope you enjoy Houston!

cc,

Cupcake

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I will check them out. I had to book a different flight home, so it turns out that I will only have 2 evenings free and then maybe 2-3 hours on Saturday morning to do something between checkout and getting to the airport. However, that gives me at least 3 restaurant opportunities and maybe nighttime museum or one of the restaurants where they also have jazz/dancing, etc.

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8. Re: Top Sites and Restaurants

As far as Sat it will be best if you rent a car and then check out Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel (both free).

For dinner - Goode Co BBQ, 100% Taquito, Pappasito's and Pappadeux. To me these are somewhat different. If you want to stay close then try the revolving floor restaurant at the Hyatt, the Grove and maybe Reef's.

Even though the Chinatown in SF maybe the best, on Sat you may also want to check out Chinatown and maybe have lunch - excellent food and a lot cheaper then SF.

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