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Houston members.... restaurant recommendations

Postby FastSRT8 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:19 pm

Can someone provide me with a good local steakhouse to try in Houston?

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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:43 am

I've not been to Houston, but I've been browsing restaurant reviews a lot lately and did a few queries for Houston. Pappas Brothers seems good in general. Vic & Anthony's sounds like it has good food but occasionally bad service. Fogo De Chao sounds good overall for 'Brazilian-themed' steak (though two Brazilian friends say 'Brazilian steakhouses' in general are about as authentically Brazilian as General Tso's chicken is Chinese).

See what Amex has to say - I suspect some Centurion card-members know good steak!

As a general PSA about steak, one thing I learned during NYC's Restaurant Week is:

Don't go to a steakhouse thinking you can get a little portion of the great food on a small budget. They only offer less-desirable cuts in small portions on the NYC-RW menu. Really good steak, even in tiny portions, just doesn't go on sale. You can forget about aged porterhouse.

I've heard good things about the steak burger at Peter Luger's, though, and need to try that soon. The trip out to Brooklyn, even in the snow, probably would have been worth it considering the disappointments I got steak-wise when trying to eat out cheaply in Manhattan.
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Postby takeshi » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:13 am

I'd suggest Pappas.

I'm personally not a fan of Tillman Fertitta's/Landry's restaurants but that's just based on my experiences with some of their restaurants and my personal preferences. However, they are certainly popular and successful so others do see something in them. Tillman is from Galveston and the first Landry's was in Katy but I would no longer consider any of these restaurants local given how massive an operation they've become over the years with locations all over the country. IMO they're generally pricey and not all that great. That said, I haven't specifically been to Vic & Anthony's so I may be missing out.

It might seem odd to suggest Pappas given my opinion of Landry's as Pappas is its own little empire with locations in multiple states but I don't think they've sacrificed quality in the name of expansion like Landry's.

Taste of Texas is popular and is local. I haven't been in years but I rarely wander outside the loop.

You might want to consider your location when selecting a steakhouse as Houston is a massive sprawl and crossing the city in traffic may not make even the best steakhouse worth the effort. Pappas, for example, is in the Galleria area which tends to be busy. 610 in that area has been frequently rated one of the worst freeways in the state in terms of congestion and recently beat out I35 in Austin which is saying something.

I thought Fogo De Chao was tasty but they're definitely not local.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:47 pm

takeshi wrote:You might want to consider your location when selecting a steakhouse as Houston is a massive sprawl and crossing the city in traffic may not make even the best steakhouse worth the effort. Pappas, for example, is in the Galleria area which tends to be busy. 610 in that area has been frequently rated one of the worst freeways in the state in terms of congestion and recently beat out I35 in Austin which is saying something.

I thought Fogo De Chao was tasty but they're definitely not local.


Damn... I didn't realize that traffic is that bad there.

I guess I had better plan smart and expect the worse with respect to traffic congestion.
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Postby rhipsher » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:54 pm

Texas road house. :ppp County line. Twin peaks. And most breasurants I mean reasturants provide very good scenery.
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