I moved out of Tx for my job and will be moving back to Austin soon. Here are some recommendations for Houston..with surprise places to get the grub you love! Kristie (from Washington-((lunch winner contestant))..perhaps you'll see this and this will help when you get to Houston.
Must check out- Taste of Texas-steakhouse/great service/clean/neat experience (west houston)
Good cozy lunch spot- Damien's (Italian/American) little pricey, worth every penny
Busy/Pretty Lunch- Great with gal pals..Carraba's-Kirby
Chinese- PF Changs- Gotta have ck or veggie (tofu) lettuce wraps, and Chang's spicy chicken(spicy/sweet), everyone loves Mangolian Beef (skirt steak with a dark sauce and scallions) don't expect egg rolls ok spring rolls(fried).
Good Cheap Spots-
Chicken salad- Sam's Boat..normally a wild place to hang at night on the Richmond strip (bikers too) but during the day they open up the huge deck and have great beer bucket specials too..kinda nice if you get an early day off of work.
Business Chicken salad- Houston's with the Buttermilk garlic..great ahi tuna salad for tuna lovers. limited menu but all done very well. always consistant, good service.
Italian- La Vista- REALLY YUMMY grub, can BYOB. really, good bread, good filet entree, pastas are all done well.
Great Fajitas-Pappasito's..Frozen ritas a little sweet..get the rocks..avg. cost $6. Great quality food, salsa, and chips, and reputable service.
Guadalajara Grille- great sauces, soups, good fajitas!! see about the roasted corn sauce-Enchiladas Guadalajara, chiapas spicy cesar salad. Good lunch menu too. Good ritas.. i recommend a meltdown..but drink sparingly. burritos topped with queso and enchiladas will satisfy all or most..i should say.
Crazy Fun Mex Joint- El Patio- they are known for their blue ritas..beware, they have ever clear in them too. the queso is yum, and the fajitas won't dissappoint for sure!! the door directly to your left when you walk in is called "Club No Minor" - for the grown ups, mariachis too. check that out if you can. this can get crazy!!
i hope this helps anyone visiting Houston. If you do