I will be spending a week in Houston, part of the time near Rice univ. and part of the time downtown. I will have a car.
As my first impression of food in Houston - could people please suggest places to eat in both locations? I am looking for excellent food, but it can vary from the $5 fantastic pho place (or tacos, or spicy thai/lao papaya salad etc.), to excellent 3 course meals in a dining room. If this question has already been broached, please point me to the link on chowhound.
p.s. a few good bars/gastro pubs (good draft; or wines by the glass) would be helpful too!