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“A Texan experience!”
Review of Armadillo Palace

Armadillo Palace
Ranked #610 of 8,283 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: US$0 - US$15
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Neighbourhood: Greenway/ Upper Kirby
Description: Leon "Pappy" Selph just may have been the best fiddle player that ever lived. He was the inventor of Texas swing and is best known for having written "The Orange Blossom Special." Back when the Original Goode Company BBQ opened on Kirby Drive, he'd play the first Friday of every month for a flat rate of $65 and a bottle of Jack Daniels. He'd always take the whiskey upfront. And at the end of the evening when Jim handed him the money, the fiddle player would quietly fold it up and stick it in Jim's shirt pocket. He'd tell him, "Jim, things will get better. You just stick with it." It was a kind gesture and good advice.This all left quite an impression on Jim's son, Levi. So it was no surprise, when years later, Levi decided Houston needed a dedicated home for Texas music and created the Armadillo Palace right across the street from the original barbeque place that Pappy played all those years ago.Goode's Armadillo Palace hosts live Texas music several days a week. It serves a full menu of Texas comfort food and is available for parties of just about every size. Levi is no less demanding than his father is, and no place captures the spirit of Texas music the way the Armadillo Palace does.
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“A Texan experience!”
Reviewed 20 January 2013

The gun door handles at the entrance heightened our Aussie curiosity. The atmosphere and cowboy decor with the wood furniture gave an expectation of a Wild West saloon. The food was terrific and both kids and adults thoroughly enjoyed it. We would definitely come again.

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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
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“Nice Place to Have Lunch”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

My co-workers and I had lunch at the Armadillo Palace today. It was my first time dining there, but when I saw the gigantic, metal armadillo with lit eyes that change colors, I knew this place would be different. The décor is an explosion of Texas and country-western; a life-sized statue of a cowboy riding a horse, historical Texas memorabilia, heads of deer and bison mounted on the walls, and bar stools shaped liked saddles.

The restaurant has a friendly, cozy atmosphere. The staff was very nice, attentive and efficient. There were 23 people in our party, but we all had our meals within 30 minutes. The food was good; a menu including both Mexican and Southern dishes. Portions are large; be prepared to take some of your meal home. Overall, I enjoyed the Armadillo Palace, and I wouldn’t mind dining there again.

  • Visited January 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“If your a tourist and you want to eat TEXAN, then go to the Armadillo”
Reviewed 3 January 2013

The Armadillo Palace is what all outsiders think a Texas dining experience ought to be like. The decor, the menu and the Texas size Armadillo always please the newcomer. Those of us who go there regularly, find the food reliably good and the entertainment at times great.

Visited November 2012
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“Pure Texas Experience”
Reviewed 24 November 2012

If you want the full Texas experience while in Houston, it doesn't getter much closer than this. It's decked out with western gear, saddles, and big game on the walls, along with a small stage for live music Wed-Sat. The food is high quality as the place is owned/operated by Goode Company, whose legendary barbecue restaurant is next door. Their venison chili is the best chili I've ever had. Nice part of town and last time we were there a couple of Houston Texans were there. Highly recommend.

  • Visited November 2012
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“Armandillo , billiards and beer”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

We had a great party here. Service was great, kids and adults loved the atmosphere. Some fod items were great, most were fair.
If you want the FUN factor this is a great choice

  • Visited September 2012
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