On the Road Eats: Houston

Hotel: Four Points City Centre
Would I stay again? 
No.  Nope.  Not going to happen.  Very convenient location for me for business, but the hotel rooms feel old, small and there are so many more options out there.

Restaurants:

Lunch: Mein Restaurant
Would I dine again?
Yes.  Two of my favorite dishes are bbq pork and soup dumplings plus I had a booth big enough to get some work done. If they had a second location in north Dallas, I would be there often.

Dinner: International Smoke (closed)
Would I dine again?
Probably not.  The restaurant was walking distance from my hotel.  The service was severely lacking from when I sat down and the manager ended up taking my order and checking on me throughout my meal.  I enjoyed the food but would do dinner elsewhere during my next trip to Houston.

On the Road Eats: Houston

Hotel: Courtyard Houston by the Galleria
Would I stay again? Yes. The hotel staff was great, the rooms are updated, the lobby has the standard courtyard bistro plus it is in the galleria so you can walk to numerous restaurants and the Galleria Mall.  It is off the main corridor and has a parking garage.

Standard King at the Courtyard

Restaurants:

Lunch: Pizzitola’s BBQ
Would I dine again? Maybe.  We tried to hit Truth BBQ but it had a line out the door and I had a meeting after lunch.  I googled and found Pizzitola’s close by and it had good reviews.

Brisket over a loaded baked potato

Dinner: Yauatcha Houston
Would I dine again? Probably not.  Houston has too many restaurants and especially too many options for asian.  The food was good BUT the service was terrible.  I sat at the bar with only a couple other guests,  my wine came after my food, it took a while to be able to order additional plates and the bartender never explained all of the sauces he placed in front of me which changed my experience, especially after I heard him explain to the man next to me.

Lunch:  Étoile
Would I dine again? Yes.  I have dined here before and always have a good meal.  They also have a great food happy hour.

On the Road Eats: South of Houston

Hotel:  Courtyard Houston NASA/Clear Lake
Would I stay again?  Yes.  Convenient location, nice staff and decent dining in the area.

Restaurants:

Lunch: Pokii Eatery
Would I dine again? Maybe.  I had a client meeting nearby and due to a short flight delay, I needed a quick place to eat but nothing too filling.  After the meeting, I needed to drive to League City and knew I would be doing dinner a few hours later.

Dinner: nobi public house
Would I dine again? Yes
.  I was actually here in 2015 and when I returned this year with a colleague, he picked this spot.  Lots of options for beer drinkers plus a varied menu.

Fried pork appetizer

Breakfast: Kolache Bakery
Would I dine again? No.
I was hungry, didn’t want breakfast at the hotel and had a craving for kolaches.  It is really more of a bakery to grab and go with no tables or seats to eat there.

 

On the Road Eats: Houston

I have something to share with you.

I jumped on a flight to Houston for a couple meetings and had 90 minutes to grab lunch in between meetings.  Where should I go in the galleria area, after all there are so many good choices?  Peska.  New to me, good reviews, saw it on Eater Houston.

Peska
It’s a fish market but it’s a restaurant.  They have locations in Acapulco, Mexico City, Houston and it was mentioned to me possibly Dallas in the future.  They had a great lunch option- $25 for an appetizer, soup or salad and an entrée.  I receive per diem when I travel so I often will splurge on a great lunch and go light on dinner.  (Due to weather, dinner that night was at the bar at the Hobby Airport- Pappadeux restaurant)  The server recommended the shrimp cocktail, a mexican shrimp cocktail with amazing flavor and it was super refreshing in the 90 degree heat.  For the entrée, I tried something new.  Fideo Seco.  It’s a mexican pasta dish in a light sauce with calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels.  Now I admit, it was hard to eat and I had to work a little bit to remove the shells from the shrimp BUT this dish was wonderful.  Now I need to find a restaurant in Dallas that has this on their menu!

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