In a couple of months we are going to host a couple from the UK. I have a few ideas but I would certainly appreciate some thoughts. the idea is to impress because the places are authentic; different from anything you'd find in the UK; and have good food. Not to impress by the prices or the beauty of the decor or indeed the fellow patrons. (But being pricey is not a disqualification.)
Is there such a thing as a "road house" with great food and atmosphere, that's uniquely Texas (Houston) and where there's not too much chance of bar fights erupting?
I can come up with ideas in the Chinese (authentic) arena but I am less good with the more mainstream (ironically).
Good service is important, but by that I always mean unobtrusive. I don't want to know the waiter's life story or have him demonstrate his no doubt interesting and astonishing personality. Nor do I want to know what "wilting" or "balsamicization" has been imposed on the "pristine Lake Titicaca duck breast" etc. etc. Anyone who knows the Caucus Club in Detroit knows what I am seeking on service.
I'd obviously wondered about Brennan's in the equation. But the choice could be a bowling alley for that matter. Just so long as a good dining experience can be had.
As always, I appreciate any responses. Feel free to venture a little outside Houston as well. If so, preferably to the west NW SW.