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Restaurants and other activities in Houston

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A travel journal to Houston by Lauren T

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Restaurants and other activities in Houston

Overview

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Highlights of Houston? That is a toughy. Houston isn't so horrible a place to be. There is a good job market and plenty of new business opportunities but not much in the way of tourist attractions. I suppose I feel like I am writing this guide for people who live here or are visiting on business--but I couldn't imagine anyone making a specific trip to Houston for vacation purposes. However, since Houston is apparently a "hot destination", I guess someone is vacationing here. The only major tourist attraction I can think of is the Johnson Space Center (which is pretty cool). The rodeo is a big deal (but you can see those in nicer cities which have other tourist attractions). There is good food ...Read More

Benjy's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Benjy's"

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It was difficult for me to name a price range for Benjy's. You could easily grab a sandwich or a personal pizza with a non-alcoholic drink for less than $10.00 a head, or you can go all out and have an outstanding four-course meal with wine for a very reasonable $25-35 dollars a head. I am particularly drawn to this restaurant because it offers upscale meals at mid-range prices. However, whether or not you choose to go upscale, you will get a delicious meal for your money. Duck and scallop dishes are particularly tasty, as are the desserts, and all dishes are artfully arranged. A very tasty Sunday brunch (served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is also highly recommended. The decor is very modern and very...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2001

Benjy's Restaurant
2424 Dunstan
Houston, Texas 77005
+1 713 522 7602

Thai Spice

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Visitors to the Rice Village will literally be inundated with Thai restaurants. If you are trying to choose between them, my limited recommendation is Thai Spice. I say it is my limited recommendation because I only recommend it highly between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. During these two hours there is an early evening special which consists of three courses plus rice for $7.95. With the exception of the desserts (which range from passable to nasty), the food is outstanding (as good as any Thai food in Houston) and the restaurant has a more elegant ambiance than any of its local competitors. I have found that, for an appetizer, most people prefer the spring vegetable rolls to the winter cheese rolls (this ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2001

Thai Spice
5117 Kelvin Drive
Houston, Texas 77005
(713) 522-5100

Nikos Nikos

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Restaurant | "Niko Niko's "

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The first time I walked into this place it was completely by accident. A friend and I were going to meet a group at a nearby Italian restaurant which we had never been to and were equipped only with somewhat vague directions (and had no idea what the name of the place we were looking for was). We followed the directions, mostly, and walked into Niko Niko's (a block away from our destination), where we discovered a hugely unpretentious establishment (converted from an old gas station) with a huge line of people waiting at the counter to order-and leaving with some savory looking gyros and other standard Greek fare to eat at one of the many picnic tables crammed into the place. We quickly realiz...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2001

Nikos Nikos
2520 Montrose Blvd
Houston, Texas 77006
+1 713 528 1308

House of Pies

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Restaurant

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House of Pies is often jokingly referred to as "House of Guys" due to its location in the predominantly homosexual area of Houston. However, in reality it is impossible to define a typical House of Pies patron. The nickname does have one thing right though, and that is that the people you find here are more interesting than the food. Not that the food is bad. There is a wide selection of pies (as the name suggests) - all those old-fashioned icebox pies like my Great-Grandmother used to make. The non-pie food menu is pretty typical of what you find at comparable 24-hour greasy-spoon restaurants. While the food is of a much better quality than you find at most of them (like Denny's, for examp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2001

House of Pies
3112 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77098
+1 713 528 3816

American Funeral Service Museum

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Attraction | "The National Museum of Funeral History"

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Some years ago my father had a temporary obsession with death. He read every book he could find on mummification, other embalming procedures, religious/philosophical and scientific theories on the end of human life, and pretty much any other non-fiction work about dead people. Then one Day he found an article in the Dallas Morning News about the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston. At this point, my mother, brother, and I knew our fate. Sure enough, two months later, Dad drug us two hundred miles to Houston for a "family vacation". He made us some lame excuse about wanting to go to Astroworld, but we knew the truth. The trip was entirely motivated by his desire to visit the death mu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 1, 2002

American Funeral Service Museum
415 Barren Springs Drive
Houston, Texas 77090
+1 281 876 3063