The girl friend and I will be in Houston early this week for two nights. Looking for a restaurant with relatively inventive cuisine and a great wine list. Past efforts to fine anything other than better than relatively good wine lists in Houston have resulted in abject failure. Best list I've found so far is at Mark's, although it's strength seems to be in bottles under $125. I'd prefer a strong French list over one that has an emphasis on Italian, but I'll take either one.
No steak places, please. I know the list at Pappas Brothers, and it is exactly the sort of list that I'm looking for. But I'm not a fan of steak or the sort of seafood that they serve. If you could combine that wine list with a restaurant like Mark's or De Marco's, I'd be set.
The closer to downtown or the museum district the better, too. I'm not fond of long drives (or cab rides) in Houston.
Also any really good new French/American restaurants, preferably casual with an emphasis on fresh seasonal regional ingredients and very high quality preparation (sort of Houston's version of Chez Panisse/Cafe Zuni)?