Where would you recommend for a casual place with good food that has more of an ice house environment or bar with food? It will be a larger group of family visiting from Back East and some newly transplanted hosting Texans? If we were in Houston, for example, I would have us go to Ragin Cajun, Kenneallys, La Mexicana, Christian Totem (original), Berryhill (on Revere), Breakfast Klub and Lankfords. We need both family-OK and adult options. I need some recs that would make my Yankee family feel like they were truly in Texas and marvel at our cold, affordable beers and margaritas and be impressed by awesome burgers, enchiladas, and/or bbq. Live music would make it nirvana.
Also, once the kids are in bed and the adults venture out, where would you recommend we have drinks and hear music where we could sit (we're late 30s/early 40s so starting to get cranky about standing and being pushed around by college-age students but we can hold our own and can get wild when provoked by the right buzz and music)?