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Old 06-19-2019, 04:10 PM
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Thanks in a large part to many THT folks, many AAA folks, and others, my bride and I are in Houston for the start of clinical trial which we know will save her life.

I would like to take her to see some fun things around here on Sat & Sun outside of the stress of the medical challenges here.

We know about the space center and are considering that. What are your "Go-To" places here in Houston including a cool restaurants that are institutions here.

Thanks all!
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Thanks in a large part to many THT folks, many AAA folks, and others, my bride and I are in Houston for the start of clinical trial which we know will save her life.

I would like to take her to see some fun things around here on Sat & Sun outside of the stress of the medical challenges here.

We know about the space center and are considering that. What are your "Go-To" places here in Houston including a cool restaurants that are institutions here.

Thanks all!
Perrys - get the pork chop.
The Hay Merchant - good food, tons of beer
Pappasitos - it's a chain but it's good
Pappadeaux - same
There was some bar out towards sugarland we used to go to but I can't remember the name. But highly recommend copious Shiner Bock on tap.

Best wishes and prayers for you and your wife - glad to hear y'all are down there and starting on this part of your journey!
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to go with his pappa's theme

https://www.pappasdeltablues.com/
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Luling City Market (BBQ), By the Galleria. Ice skating at the Galleria. .
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Not sure how good it is anymore but we used to love this
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Food - Landrys at Kemah Boardwalk. If you go on Friday night you can watch the fireworks.

Things to see
Houston Zoo
Houston Museum DIstrict
Baseball game - Astros don't play in Houston until Tuesday night (Play Pirates) but then are here for the rest of the week.

Hope this helps.
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All good suggestions so far, but

You got to know that Space Center Houston is geared toward elementary school-aged audiences.
Not nearly the NASA visitors center it once was. Think Chuck E Cheese breeds with the Disney corporation.

Great food, great bars, great music here, No jacket required.

Or come see me an hour south, maybe take the Whaler out.
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another BBQ restaurant The Pit Room ? Handcrafted Texas Barbecue ~ Houston, TX
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Antones PoBoys (get the super (red letter wrapper)) and James Coney Island

https://antones1962.com/find-my-po-boy/

the grocery store ones are not as good as in the store, but if you have never had the best ones you will never know.....you can probably find a place with Antones close to a James Coney Island and if you do the Antones are as good or better the next day if you keep them cold so pick them up after your James Coney Island and have them in the fridge for the next day

at James Coney Island get the hotdogs of course and a Delaware Punch

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in the med center you will be next door to the zoo and then right by the museum district as well and Rice University has a museum or two as well and other outdoor art

https://moody.rice.edu/about-rice-public-art

the med center has an art walk also, but I can't find the map

Miller Outdoor Theater is in Herman Park (right by the zoo which is right by the med center)

https://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com...ng-directions/

if you want to be out of the heat then the Downtown Tunnels (better on the week days during business hours when they are all open)

https://www.downtownhouston.org/dist...ntown-tunnels/
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Not sure how good it is anymore but we used to love this
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sketti wharehouse is no mas......it went away in the great flood and they are not going to open back up they have a new concept (coming soon for about 18 months now and perhaps never coming) that will be on I-10 West

I miss the large ball bearing track art thing (if it was even still there)
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:30 AM
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Restaurants

House of Pie - great place to go to night or day. Even at 2 am.
Sam's Boat - lots of those all over town. Great oysters on the 1/2 shell if you like that.
Chuy's- TexMex food chain. Great place, though there are tons of other mexican places its one of the better chains in Houston.

Galveston is only an hour drive away to the bay if you all like fishing, easy wading off Texas City dike or shore fishing from Seawolf park.
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Since your in the Med center do all the Museums there, Herman Park / Zoo, Venture south to Galveston and see Moody Gardens. good food all over.

How long are you in for?

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Skip the CHuy's mexican food, ever since they went corporate, they suck.

Best Mexican food is the Original Ninfa's on Navigation. Accept no substitutes.
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Originally Posted by savage View Post
All good suggestions so far, but

You got to know that Space Center Houston is geared toward elementary school-aged audiences.
Not nearly the NASA visitors center it once was. Think Chuck E Cheese breeds with the Disney corporation.

Great food, great bars, great music here, No jacket required.

Or come see me an hour south, maybe take the Whaler out.

Please, it's not that bad.... There is still much to see and appreciate all that history. I enjoyed the Saturn V rocket display. Buy your tickets on line ahead of time, and sign up for the tram ride reservation.

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Originally Posted by MikeeBooshay View Post
Skip the CHuy's mexican food, ever since they went corporate, they suck.

Best Mexican food is the Original Ninfa's on Navigation. Accept no substitutes.
Chuy's is Tex-Mex; not Mexican.

I'll have to try that other Ninfa's. We went to the one in Sugar Land and was not impressed (compared to others in our area).
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Memorial Park is a big park to hang out and walk around....not much to see expect people. Even better is the Bayou Bend Gardens, which a lot of people don't know about. It's gorgeous and is next to Memorial Park. https://www.mfah.org/visit/bayou-bend-collection-and-gardens/ On the same ide of town is the Galleria area which has the largest shopping areas. There are also a ton of restaurants in the Galleria Area. If you fancy seafood, Liberty Kitchen is nearby and is fabulous. Pappas/Pappadeauxs/Papasitos is an institution and is always good and reliable for food and service. You can't go wrong. (Seafood/Cajun/Tex-Mex)
Hermann Park is in the Medical Center and there is a lot to do. https://www.hermannpark.org/ Japanese Gardens are nice. Our zoo has expanded as well and worth checking out. The Museum District has plenty to do and see, and will provide AC from the heat as well. https://houmuse.org/
Allison Cook is our restaurant critic. https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/top100/ You can find anything and everything in Houston. If you like tacos, Torchy's Tacos. They are actually from Austin but you won't find anything like them, anywhere. Ask about the "OFF" menu. https://torchystacos.com/
Galveston is about an hour away depending on traffic. But if time allows, walking around the strand can be fun. You'll have to drive and then re-park down at the seawall to get to the water or walk near the beach.

Also, locals refer to the freeways by name a lot. Watch this to learn what people mean when they say the Gulf Freeway. https://abc13.com/traffic/whats-in-a-name-navigating-houstons-highway-system/2991165/

Let us know if you more questions. We're here to help. Best wishes for your wife's procedure.


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St. Arnold's Brewery is just North of Downtown, the just recently opened a restaurant and Beer Garden.
San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship of Texas is 45 minutes east of Downtown. There's also the Monument Inn Restaurant that's long standing family owned Restaurant, been around for 50 years. It's right on the ship channel.
Astros game for sure, it's a fun crowd.
Collectors Firearms, one of largest gun showrooms in the Country.
Museum of Natural Science, though very busy during the Summer.
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If you are willing to take some excursions, there is much to do. Unfortunately, Houston is one of those places that is great to live, but not a good place to visit. There are some restaurants that are worth visiting, but other than that, not much else to do. The other problem is the traffic. It can take an hour to get from Houston to Houston at times.

2.5 hours to San Antonio to see the Alamo and spend the rest of the day on the River Walk.

Smitty's BBQ in Lockhart

Galveston - Moody Gardens, Sea Wall, Pleasure Pier

Keemah - the Boardwalk

San Jacinto battle ground and Battleship TX. Go see it now because they can no longer support it and it will be moved by the end of the year.
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Thanks in a large part to many THT folks, many AAA folks, and others, my bride and I are in Houston for the start of clinical trial which we know will save her life.

I would like to take her to see some fun things around here on Sat & Sun outside of the stress of the medical challenges here.

We know about the space center and are considering that. What are your "Go-To" places here in Houston including a cool restaurants that are institutions here.

Thanks all!
Trust me on this, having lived there many years, skip Houston and book a hotel room at the River Walk for Saturday night. And just go to San Antonio!
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