We're heading to Houston for one night. Typically, my wife and I like to splurge on these one night trips with a big dinner at a trendy restaurant that has an innovative chef. However, this time we're traveling with friends who are very economical. After briefly looking through some of Houston's trendy restaurants, we've made ourselves hungry for Phillipe's for instance, but we don't think they'd be comfortable spending the money that we would to have the experience we'd like. On top this, because the trip is quick, we want to stay near our hotel in the Galleria area.
So to make this challenging for everyone: what do you recommend as an economical, cool restaurant experience (perhaps with a hip bar or lounge because our friends don't have the same restrictions on spending for alcohol as they do food) in the Galleria area?
Thanks in advance!