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One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

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One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

Hi all,

we are stopping over in houston on a saturday night in April, arriving around 6pm and then flying out around 10am on sunday. Our hotel is in the airport but I'd love to see a little bit of the city if possible, and have a texan dinner!

Any tips at all - is it worth the hassle, first of all? Best to book a taxi with some sightseeing or just go via public transport (bus?)

Any suggestion most welcome

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1. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

Foodie--

There's really nothing near the airport to see, as it's roughly 20+ miles north of the city itself. The better restaurants are going to be concentrated in the area of The Galleria, which is roughly a $65-$70 cab ride in each direction, so transportation-wise, you might be better off renting a car and returning it either that night or early the next morning. Definitely do NOT use city bus, as it will take you forever to get anywhere.

Sightseeing at night will be somewhat difficult, even with Daylight Savings Time in effect, as it will be getting dark by about 8:15-8:30 PM or so in April.

As to a "Texan dinner", what did you have in mind? Our regional specialties are Tex-Mex (our take on Mexican food, heavily influenced by northern Mexican cooking), BBQ, and regional Gulf of Mexico seafood, although we have some great steakhouses, as well. (Actually, Houston has some great restaurants of all ethnicities and types--it's totally up to you.) You could find some decent restaurants in the Humble area, not too far by cab from the airport, but to my knowledge, there's nothing there that is a standout--maybe someone who knows that area better than I can recommend something.

Let us know what, if anything, more we can do for you. Meanwhile, welcome to Houston!

Edited: 28 February 2014, 22:38
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2. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

Pappasito's is close by, although it is part of a restaurant chain and doesn't have much in the way of local charm. It might not be fantastically good, but it shouldn't be too disappointing, either.

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3. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

Hi Foodie,

For real, family owned Tex-Mex , good maragritas, great prices, try"

Hector's:

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g56010-d14…

or El Jalapeno:

http://local.yahoo.com/info-29331379-el-jalapeno-mexician-cafe-humble;_ylt=A0LEV1pq8xVTb38ARZtXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzdTF0cTg4BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDA3N18x

Both have live entertainment, and El Jalapeno has a back bar that is adults only,too.

Neither is more than 15 minutes from IAH, in a taxi. We do not have the best of city transportation in Houston.

enjoy!

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4. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

If you are looking for fine dinning check out Chez Nous in Humble, one of the best French in the area. If not Pappasito's (as mentioned above) - it is a family owned restaurant (Tex-Mex) or Italiano's (Italian) - all in Humble. A little further in between Kingwood and Atascosita is a place called Kings Harbor. It is by the water (Lake Houston) and it has a wine bar and 4 restaurants. It is a place where you can sit and relax - April will be great weather. Per the taxi guide King's Harbor is in zone 9 - $35 one way. Did not show Humble - my guess is about $20 one way.

Renting a car would be the best option - don't count on public transport.

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5. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

Hi L,

There's also Hector's Mexican Food,in Atascocita,Texas which is about 20 minutes from IAH. A rental car would be a great idea, as you could go into Houston, and then come back towards Humble for dinner.

Hector's is locally owned, has good margaritas, and a great stuffed avocado dinner, and amazing grilled chicken Mexican dishes, among other things. Choose the Humblelocation address here:

http://www.hectorsmexicangrillnbar.com/

enjoy!

cc,

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6. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

If you're looking for fine dining, I'd heartily second Kingwood's recommendation of Chez Nous in Humble. It rates very highly in Zagat and every other rating service, and is as comfortable as an old shoe--totally unpretentious: http://cheznousfrenchrestaurant.com/

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7. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

Hi D,

While other restaurants may be good food, when you are in Texas, and looking for something that is part of our state culture, French cuisine just isn't" it". This is where there is such great Mexican food, steaks and bbq, that it would be a wasted night to eat something you could find anywhere else.

We have eaten Mexican food in Paris (Paris, tacos, oui!), The Caymans, and states from Florida to Michigan, to 'try' it, and nothing is like our great Tex-Mex. Try it!

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8. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

Interesting to see the local DE's sniping about what is local and what is not. I'm assuming as a "Foodie" the OP can find versions of Mexican food and seafood in London.

Maybe the OP can describe their definition of "Texan Dinner", so a better recommendation can be made? Offhand, Texas BBQ may be different enough from what you can get elsewhere and might be worth a trip to a local eatery. There was a recent post about BBQ places local to the airport, if I recall.

To answer the transportation question, unless you are willing to rent a car, it will likely be a decent cab fare to get there and back, from many of the restaurants mentioned. So, for a $40-$50 dinner, having to pay $40-$50 for cab fare (or $50 for a car rental) might not be worth it. For seeing more of the city or hitting the Galleria area, the cab fare would be much higher.

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9. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

bk_t1--We're not sniping. A former FFA Sweetheart just has different taste in food from a true gourmand. LOL

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10. Re: One night stop over - worth leaving the airport hotel?

"I'm assuming as a "Foodie" the OP can find versions of Mexican food and seafood in London."

You can indeed find supposedly Mexican food in London but it bears little relation to real Mexican or Tex-Mex.

The largest "Mexican" chain in the UK is Chiquito Mexican Grill, which hilariously has the following dishes listed as Tex-Mex on its menu: Southern Fried Chicken & BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Texan Chicken Melt, Chicken & Ribs, Peri-Peri Chicken and a Rack of Ribs.

Yes, you read that right - they're claiming a Portugese chicken dish is Tex-Mex!