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Where to take out-of-country guests in Houston

bishopsbitter | Feb 22, 200801:19 PM

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.

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