Will be in town for the first time next week and staying around 9000 North IH-35 in what looks to be a dump of hotel. The folks Im traveling with love to eat at chain restaurants and dont really have much enthusiasm for trying anything "different". They do however like to eat at bars where the drinks are cheap. Im looking for either an independent local spot near there(9000 N 35) where I can get a decent evening meal and also a "locals" watering hole for my companions.
Im open to pretty much any cuisine as long as its not a mega chain.