Downtown dining Houston, TX

Double Cheeseburger
2013/03/31 23:23:20
I'll be in Houston from Saturday - Tuesday next week for the NAIC conference, staying at the Hilton Amerricans and won't have a car.
I lived in Houston from '78 - '87, but haven't been back since. Back then, Downrown was a ghost town after 5:00 PM, and most of the places I remember are closed or too far to get to.
Anyone have any suggestions for good places to eat?
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Downtown dining Houston, TX 2013/04/01 12:42:32
Downtown still rolls up at 5. You are in the area of the high-end, cookie-cutter steakhouse - appealing to the convention, expense-account crowd. My pick of that litter is Vic and Anthony's, which is a few blocks away. I am not big on Tex-Mex, but a friend swears by Ninfa's, a small, local chain - and there is one in the downtown area. A few blocks north of Minute Maid Park is the downtown location of Hubcap Grill. I had a very good burger at their other location north of town.
Should you have a friend with a car, or venture to use a taxi, just on the other side of US-59 is the heavily populated Vietnamese area. I have been to a few good places there with some locals. I wish I could remember their names, but the area is so saturated with good Vietnamese food, the lousy places tend not to last too long. I would bet you could get a good recommendation from the hotel (one of the employees...not the concierge, FWIW). 
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Downtown dining Houston, TX 2013/04/01 17:29:39
Thanks. We ate at a Ninfa's near our house a lot when we lived there, so I'll have to check it out. I don't like steak much, so I'll have to get there.
Junior Burger
Re:Downtown dining Houston, TX 2013/04/01 20:32:39
If you don't mind a ten minute walk to the light rail line, there are a lot of good places along the line-- Bombay Pizza being one of my favorites. Also, Taco's a-Go-Go keeps late hours and is good too. Yelp Houston or 29-95 both have guides to restaurants along the light rail. There is also a new grocery / deli that's close to where you're staying called Phoenicia that has good prepared food of the middle eastern variety-- they're open until 9pm during the week and 10pm on weekends, I believe. The Grove at Discovery Green is good too. Good luck.