We are off to visit my father-in-law and haven't been to Houston in a couple of years. My husband grew up there but so much has changed. So we are looking for recommendations. I have done some searches on the website and Indika looks good as does Hugo, but not sure if fits criteria below. We would like at least one fine dining restaurant and some other mid-range or hole-in-the walls. My FIL has suggested the chain Capital Grille.
We are coming from Bay Area California and would love to try things that reflect the specialties of the area. Atmosphere can be negotiable, as long as it isn't a bar or smokey (do they allow smoking in Texas restaurants?). Good food is most important. We enjoy flavorful cuisine, are adventurous in our eating, and I prefer to have veggies with my meal.
In the past we have enjoyed Red Onion, but they couldn't deal with the allergy issues last time we went (very sad).
1. My son and I have Celiac so we have to be able to communicate with the waitstaff and they need to know what is in the food. Read - good customer service! So, that often rules out chains and sometimes ethnic restaurants where nobody speaks even broken English, but we love the latter and can sometimes work around it. We often eat at taquerias here and get by.
2. Because of the Celiac, nothing that is only good at pasta, pizza, wheat based things, or uses a ton of soy sauce (e.g. Chinese and Island cuisine).
3. Will accept two well behaved and culinary adventuresome kids (6 and almost 4) - no need to have a kids menu, but it is nice if they will let us order something off menu for the kids if necessary.
4. Price is not an issue.
5. My FIL sometimes gets annoyed at overly precious presentations, but we love good food and presentation, and he likes to see us happy, so he will probably survive.
6. Somewhat close to his house in the Montrose/Richmond area or the Medical Center. I hate spending every vacation there in Houston traffic! We might also be near the galleria.