I visited Houston for business a couple of months ago and tried exploring everything on my own. I would appreciate some recommendations from fellow chowhounders. I'm going to be staying near Chinatown and my maximum distance is about 15-20 minutes in any radius from there. I still want to go explore great Houston food. I'm looking for places that aren't super expensive for lunch or dinner, at most $25-$30.
To give you guys an idea of what I have tried last time:
1) House of Pies- detoured for it, but just had to visit because of the name and the Goo pie was delicious.
2) Pappa's Seafood: Great restaurant and really enjoyed it, can't believe you guys have oysters for so cheap and so good
3) Beaver BBQ- it was okay, not super and after trying the sampler it was okay, not dazzling
4)Goode BBQ (By the HUGE armadillo thing): I thought the BBQ here was really good and SHINERBOCK is my new favorite beer =)
5) Rajun Cajun: Had some great crayfish, but the boudin balls weren't really my thing; they tasted really floury is that normal?
6) I would really appreciate some lunch recommendations that range from $10-15 bucks that aren't too slow since we only have an hour to eat. It needs to be around Chinatown; and I'm looking for any great Chinese(anything good)/Japanese (sashimi) recs (my co-workers are taiwanese)
7) And I went to some cafe from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Some sort of greek or baltic cusiine? It wasn't that great and service was REALLY slow
We're actually staying for the weekend so just as an extra, are there any great bars? (I love speak-easy type joints, but really enjoy lounges. I would like to avoid dive-bars)
TIA guys and gals of Chowhound!