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advice for a stay near Rice University this week (fajitas and espresso may be especiallly important)

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advice for a stay near Rice University this week (fajitas and espresso may be especiallly important)

mselectra | May 31, 2010 02:02 PM

I've been looking through other threads and have some ideas, but thought I'd go ahead and post. My partner will be at a conference at Rice this week (not sure exactly what hotel, sorry). I was hoping I could pass on some info about what might be good around there for an easy, tasty, and cheap/inexpensive dinner or drink -- especially where he'd be comfortable as a middle-aged guy eating/drinking solo, which may happen one or two nights. (If there were some music involved, that could be a plus.)

To make it difficult, he won't have a car.

Two more specific requests:
He really appreciates a good macchiato or cappuccino -- any suggestions where he could pick one up on the way to or from campus? Good cafe with wifi added bonus.

And, he used to live in Texas (well, Austin) and sorely misses good fajitas, so, though he won't have a lot of time for going out, I'm really pushing him to make time to go to a great tex-mex place where he can indulge. To get great, I realize he'll be taking a cab, but neither of us have a sense of the geography of your city, so... Anyway, so far the names I've given him are Ninfa's (on Navigation, wherever that is ;)) and El Tiempo. Does that sound about right?

I'm also going to tell him about House of Pies, since that sounds like it's near campus and he does love pie.

I'll keep searching around for ideas, but really do appreciate any help from you all. I'm pretty bummed I won't be along on this trip, myself. Thanks!!

ETA: Ah, so the autolink pulled up Ninfa's on Kirby -- am I correct that I should NOT send him to that one? Only the one on Navigation?

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Ninfa's
3601 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

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