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: Houston

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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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On the Road Eats: South of Houston

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I drove to Galveston once to go on a cruise.  We stopped at a buffet that my husband heard about for true southern cooking.  I am not a fan of buffets(seen too many people take food and then change their mind and put it back) but I took one for the team.  On this trip, I was headed to a meeting in League City and asked people on Chowhound where to eat during my trip(no buffets for me!)

Nobi Public House

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According to one Chowhounder, he loves the noodles and his daughter loves the bahn mi.  I love asian food so I knew I must try this spot.  The gentleman at the table  next to me said i MUST order my dish with a fried egg.  Vermicelli(room temperature) with grilled pork, fried egg, nuts, and an egg roll.  They had dozens of craft beers on tap and if it had been after working hours, I may have indulged in a blonde ale.  This is a solid spot to try if down in the Webster area!

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill
Perry’s is here in Dallas but for some reason I have never been there.  I have been to Nick & Sam’s, Pappas, The Palm, Eddie V’s, Bob’s, Al Biernat’s…..but never Perry’s. So I decided to visit Perry’s in Clear Lake for an early dinner in their bar.  This was the original Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille which opened in 1993 after adding tables at the Perry family’s meat market proved successful.  The bar has a great social hour menu and I didn’t want anything too heavy since I still needed to head back to Hobby for my flight.  I started with the tenderloin sliders with onions and mushrooms(no cheese for me) and sweet potato fries, then ended with the white chocolate cheesecake with a blueberry compote. Perfect amount of food, especially after the lunch I had at Nobi and it was a straight shot to the airport.   And yes, I will be going to Perry’s in Dallas for a great steak dinner with my husband.  The service was excellent, the atmosphere(in the bar) was mellow(exactly what I needed after a long day of travel with one flight to go) and quite a few menu items, specifically the filet with creamed spinach and lobster mac and cheese, are calling my name!

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The Clotheshorse Boutique
A clothing boutique on Main Street in League City, they offer clothing, shoes and numerous gift items…..Great selection of Kendra Scott!

Unexpected Interiors
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Had a couple hours to kill before a meeting and lunch.  I found Unexpected Interiors on Main Street in League City and they had gifts, art and jewelry.  I think there is a reason my husband doesn’t like when I have any time to spare on a business trip…I shop.  Check out the new wrap bracelet I found!

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On the Road Eats: Houston

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Back to Houston for more client meetings and two great meals!  Thank you to OpenTable for making reservations so easy!

Osteria Mazzantini
Right next to Caracol in the galleria area is Osteria Mazzantini.  I kept reading that they were closing so I was very happy to have the chance to eat here.  If you have not been, GO NOW.  The meal started with toasted focaccia with olive oil and herbs and butter.  I ordered the executive lunch which included a choice of appetizer, salad or soup and then an entrée.  The scallop crudo was amazing, I almost wish I could have it once a week.  The Bolognese was wonderful, a bit peppery, but still wonderful.  If I had any room left, I would have had dessert.  I left this restaurant very happy!

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Songkran Thai Kitchen
I love Thai food so I was excited to see this new restaurant posted on Eater Houston. On my way from one client to the next I made a quick stop with my colleague and had a great lunch. They start the meal with soup and a salad and then we shared the Pad Si-ew and the Pad Thai.  I will definitely recommend this to others if they are in the area.  If they happen to be full, try Etoile next door!

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