Was in Houston last week dining solo and wanted to compare Strip House to Vic and Anthony's. First, for solo dining, the bar area overlooking the kitchen at V & A's cannot be beat. I ate at the bar at the Strip House and it just simply isn't as conducive to dining. Music is pretty loud and sorta techno and very few patrons seem to be eating there unlike the bar at V & A's which is made for dining. The strip at Strip House is a specialty and is A+, probably a shade better than V & A's on my visit. Prepared "Pittsburgh" (which I have also heard referred to as "black and blue" or "Cincinnati") and medium rare, just as requested. Also, the bibb lettuce salad with stilton blue cheese was first rate. The side of goose fat fried potato is a must, of course. Overall I would call it a draw. I love the crab cake at V & A's and the steaks there are wonderful. A diner can't go wrong at either place in my opinion. Wines by the glass at Strip House and V & A's are passable.
Luckily, the next day I had time for lunch at Da Marco before I left town. Their three course "business lunch" for $22 is a steal. Since I seldom get there, however, I had to have what may be the best dish in Houston--the raviolo with ricotta, egg yolk and truffles. It isn't on the lunch menu but is available if you ask. Lamb chops were perfectly prepared and served with spinach and tomatoes. Wines by the glass are good but overpriced in my view. Love this place!