A January 1999 trip
to Houston by Andrea H.
Quote: Houston is one of the friendliest cities I have lived in. If you are lost, do not hesitate to ask somebody. Nine out of ten times, they will tell you to follow them and they will show you how to get where you are going. Houston is a BIG place!
Restaurant | "La Strada"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2003
La Strada Restaurant
322 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77006
They have an extensive wine list, everything from Louis LaTour to Mondavi to the most expensive Cognacs. What is nice is that the wait staff is knowledgeable about their products, so if you are unsure what to order with what, they will help you out. If you order a fine bottle of wine (over $100), you can request to have it served in Riedel wine glasses, making your wine experience even better because yes, the glasses do make a difference in how the wine tastes.
If you want to have a cigar with your meal, no problem. They have a separate room especially for cigar smoking where you can either smoke or smoke and eat in there. The room has an air purification system, so you are not dying from the smoke. They do sell a good selection of cigars there if you did not bring your own.
I would definitely make reservations if you want to eat in the cigar room because it fills up fast! There is also valet parking. The dress code is casual dressy. If you wear a pressed pair of jeans (yes, people in Texas have their jeans pressed and starched) with your Lucchese boots and a nicely pressed western shirt, you will be more than welcomed right into the restaurant. Remember, this is Texas where western dress is the norm not the exception.
Pappas Brothers Steak House
Houston, Texas 77056
+1 713 780 7352
The decor is Mexican and the waitstaff is also Mexican--in fact, if you can speak to them in Spanish they will love you even more here.
A must try if you love authentic tacos are the "Tacos al Pasteur". The meat in these tacos is pork and the taco is soft like a burrito. If you get some guacamole on the side and put it inside the taco, it is great. They serve you chips and authentic pico de gallo for free as soon as you sit down. They have plenty of beer here and you can buy them by the ice-filled bucket. They also have a section where you can buy Mexican pastries, which are delicious. This place is a must.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2003
1018 Fairview Street
Houston, Texas 77006
Parsippany, New Jersey