Cafeteria-style dining is not exactly impressive, but the food more than makes up for the lack of ambiance. The downtown location and lunch-only hours serve to weaken family appeal but it is perfect for the casual diner who happens to be hungry while in the area. With the kitchen featuring chicken and sausage gumbo and duck gumbo, Tuesdays and Wednesdays draw the biggest crowd. Vegetarian options are also available daily.
This restaurant got its start by catering to the overflow crowds from nearby Ninfa's, but it was not long before it was attracting crowds on its own merits. The huge Mayan-based mural, transports diners to another world and inspires a lot of conversation. Specialties from the Yucatan, like black bean and pork combinations, join with Tex-Mex to form the menu. Order one of the stellar margaritas from the full bar and settle in for a fabulous meal the entire family will enjoy.
500 Louisiana Street Houston, TX 77002 +1 713 224 9494
The interior of this downtown classic possesses a style and grace that suits the feel of the area. The business crowd likes to gather here for quiet power lunches, while couples enjoy it for nice romantic evenings. The fully stocked bar occasionally attracts a rowdier crowd, but only during the late dining hours. The menu is filled with Northern Italian goodies, but the specialty pizzas are the house favorites. Try one with plenty of artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese. A lively jazz trio usually accompanies the popular Sunday brunch.
3700 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 +1 713 529 9899
Like the Austin original, Houston's Continental Club sports the green and pink neon hanging out front, the steel sign with the 1950s script lettering behind the stage and the "Mercury Man" hanging over the door frame. The club features home grown talent with roots, jazz and rock artists booked regularly. The main room has a 200 capacity and is decorated with murals by Jacque de Lamar depicting scenes of Venice, Rome and Paris. Affixed behind the bar are pictures from the club's early years, when Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller orchestras played there. The back room holds a 22-foot shuffleboard, along with pool tables and a second bar.
People come here for the salty atmosphere and stick-to-your-ribs food. The grill attracts a lot of police officers from the nearby police station that are looking for hearty home-style meals and they certainly find that at this popular eatery. Open daily for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pork chops as thick as a man's fist, liver and onions, fried chicken livers, biscuits and gravy. Huge breakfast specials with all the trimmings; fabulous steam table lunch and mouth watering dinners.
307 Travis Street Houston, TX 77002 +1 713 247 9207
Judges, newspaper reporters, college students and artists all rub elbows here at Warren's Inn on a nightly basis. The dim lighting and over-sized mirrors may inspire an initial chuckle, but everything about the place seems to grow on guests. Grab a table and enjoy the jukebox. You will hear everything played from Tijuana Brass to 10,000 Maniacs. The cocktails are masterful, especially the award-winning martinis, and the draft beer comes flecked with ice.
1403 Nance Street Houston, TX 77002 +1 713 226 8563
A speakeasy door reminds you of the history of this cafe. Located in the heart of the downtown warehouse district, it has been around since the 1940s. The patio out back is a wonderful spot to kick back and relax after a grueling day. Local bands play on a small stage for your entertainment. Typical Tex-Mex dominates the menu. Sink your teeth into seasoned and tender beef fajitas or a hearty beef, bean and cheese burrito.
Although this looks like a hole in the wall, it is actually a very popular cafe with the downtown business class. It looks like a stereotypical Texas bar, with a rustic appearance that is accented with neon lights. Standing outside, you would never guess it caters to some of Houston's most influential residents. Good, old-fashioned hamburgers and French fries are popular, but the chicken-fried steak takes homes the award as the menu favorite. Come on in and try it for yourself.
You will have several seating options at this popular sushi house. Choose a table or booth, sit at the bar or enjoy your meal in a private room. You will be happy to hear that sushi happy hour is all day, everyday and you can sample all the typical sushi dishes and rolls on the extensive menu. Lots of dishes can be cooked for those who are intimidated by the raw meal.
550 Prairie Street Wortham Center Houston, TX 77002 +1 713 228 6737
Founded in 1955, this opera company has established a respected international reputation. It is currently the fifth largest opera company in the U.S. and has received numerous Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards during the past 50 years. Each season's performances consist of both new works and classic productions. Opera fans will be more than satisfied with each and every performance. David Gockley is the general director and has been with the company for 25 years. Call for schedule and ticketing information.
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