828 Mercury Drive
Houston, TX 77013
Phone: (713) 673-4200
Fax: (713) 674-6913
Perched on the edge of the Houston Ship Channel, this restaurant offers an up-close-and-personal view of incoming ships that is often quite impressive. If the channel is not busy, you will still be blessed with an enchanting view of the water. Fresh seafood and juicy steaks dominate the menu. Your best choice would be to select an entree that combines the two. Many lobster, crab, shrimp and steak pairings are available. The popular Sunday brunch offers the perfect opportunity to sample a variety of specialties.
If you adore Mexican pastries, this little shop will satisfy your craving. Located on the East End, it is run by two sisters who spend a lot of time and effort baking up the finest homemade breads, cookies and sweets. They also cook wonderful biscuits, gorditas and breakfast tortas if you are in the mood for something a bit more filling.
If you enjoy casual dining and incredible food, definitely check this South Houston restaurant out. Large crates filled with fresh produce serve as the decor. The whole family can relax and have a good time in this atmosphere. The menu is broad and offers just about everything, including a nice selection of health-conscious items. Prime rib is the favorite of the house, and a salad bar is available for light eaters or for tossing your own appetizer. They also have a children's menu for the kids.
For the classic hot dog, there’s one place all Texan’s swear by. That’s Moon Tower Inn. Offering classic as well as some inspired versions, you can sample some savory dogs with the works and chilled beer. Their one point menu of hot dogs and beer, easy going atmosphere and smiling staff, will pull you back for more.
Located in the hip and posh Galleria area, this Tex-Mex old-timer offers a good time to all. The traditional Mexican decor inspires fun and conversation. Fajitas are always an excellent choice. Other delights on the menu include enchiladas, tamales and tacos. All are good and served in generous portions. Go easy on the complimentary chips or you will be full before your meal arrives.
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.
Thankfully, they won't tell forced inane platitudes like "turn that frown upside down" to their patrons, but there is some level of expectation that all troubles will be checked at the door for pick up on the way out. All baggage is strictly the responsibility of the owner. Enter a magical place where indie bands can make a name for themselves, the suggested donation for beer and wine is a mere formality and no one has to feel ashamed to play with their puppets. More than just a bar with live experimental electronic music and underground jazz, this little bungalow also sports a gallery of quirky art to ponder and sock puppets and board games in the living room.
If you happen to be downtown for breakfast or lunch, you should not miss Irma's Restaurant. Feel right at home as Irma comes out of the kitchen herself to gauge your satisfaction. Breakfast serves up amazing huevos rancheros, and the chile rellenos makes a divine lunch. To make it even better, your wallet will love the prices that are truly amazing. Alcohol is not available, but you will be too focused on the food and friendliness to care.
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.
Located in the historic Downtown district, Oxheart epitomizes new age fine dining. It offers three menus, namely Garden, Early Summer and the Tasting Menu. The courses in each menu change often, allowing you to taste something new every visit. One can enjoy a glass of Beaujolais wine along with the seven-course Tasting meal. The restaurant's chef, Justin Yu is popular for bringing out unique flavors from seasonal produce. The restaurant's setting is mostly wooden, imbued with bright pink and white lights. Reservations are definitely recommended. As far as exemplary dining experiences go, Oxheart never disappoints.
With Warehouse Live (concert hall) and Houston Dynamo Soccer stadium located close-by, the Lucky's Pub is a preferred spot for pre-theater or post game sessions. Open late till 2a, this sports bar offers a casual ambiance and spacious patio, where patrons can simply relax with their favorite beer; Lucky's boasts off 'largest beer selection' in town. The pizza served here is a local favorite, it also has Mexican and typical American dishes like burgers and nachos; patrons can savor late night dinner too. The pool tables, dart boards and high-definition screen take care of the entertainment needs. This fun place can be hired for your private events too and can easily accommodate 3000 guests. For exciting offers like free shuttle service for Astros and Rockets Home Games, check website.
Just on the outskirts of downtown is home to the delightfully authentic Central Vietnamese restaurant Huynh. This casually elegant spot has extremely friendly service and unbelievable takes on Vietnamese classics. Some of the highlights include various char-grilled meats with crushed rice, comforting bowls of pho with all the standard choices, gorgeous family-style platters, like the beef tenderloin with peppers and onions, and of course the ever-refreshing Vietnamese desserts and beverages. No alcohol sold here, but feel free to bring your own only USD 2 per person. Have dinner here and catch a hip show across the street at Warehouse Live. You won't regret it. -Adam Rosen