Welcome to Lodgeur’s guide to the best bars and restaurants around the Texas Medical Center!
We understand that what’s perfect for a business traveler is not always perfect for a family vacation. So we’ve identified each location and activity with an emoji to give you a quick visual and help you make easier decisions. Your trip should be about exploring, not researching.
We’ve also provided indicative pricing from $ to $$$$.
Image courtesy of Magnol French Baking
If you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up, this authentic french bakery is the place to visit. Pair a flakey, buttery croissant (or a lemon meringue tart if you have more of a sweet tooth) with a cappuccino or hot tea. But don’t forget to grab one of their homemade loaves of bread on the way out. Trust us, the bread is worth the extra splurge.
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The Halal Guys is a popular stop for quick, generously-portion-sized mediterranean cuisine. Here you’ll find gyro sandwiches, beef/falafel sandwiches and world-famous platters for under $12.
Image courtesy of Piada
This is the perfect place to curb your pasta and piada cravings in a pinch. When you approach the counter, just call out what ingredients you’d like in your homemade pasta, wrap or salad and watch as they prepare your meal right in front of you. Dine in during your lunch break or get it to-go if you’re headed somewhere else in a hurry!
Image courtesy of The Turkey Leg Hut
The name says it all- and if it’s your first time visiting this black-owned business, order the Hennessy glazed leg. Slow cooked with their secret ingredient, your mouth will be watering the moment you see the smoked turkey fall off the bone.
Courtesy of Bodegas
Bodegas’ offers Mexican street food with generous portion sizes for a great price! Need we say more?
Avocado and egg on toast at Common Bond.
Common Bond is the perfect spot to grab a savory breakfast sandwich while indulging in some delicious, sweet treats. They also feature a diverse drink list- from nitro coffee, iced chai lattes and hot teas to frosés, mimosas and wines. Common Bond’s famous Nutella croissant and striped pistachio croissant have earned it a loyal following.
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The Istanbul Grill & Deli is one of the first and most authentic Turkish restaurants in Houston! With a laid back atmosphere and outdoor patio, this spot will easily become a regular stop for turkish and mediterranean food lovers.
If you’re looking for authentic Szechuan and traditional Chinese cuisine, this is the place for you. And since it’s open ‘til midnight most days, it’s perfect for an after-drinks comfort food meal. Just be prepared to take home leftovers!
In the mood for fancy sandwiches, extra cheesy burgers and insanely good fries that tie it all together? Local Foods is always good for that. Or maybe you want to relax on the patio and enjoy a cider or two before heading next door to the LFM Market to pick up a unique, foodie staple. Local Foods is good for that, too.
Huynh’s offers an array of Vietnamese and Asian-inspired dishes and is the go-to place for pho! Don’t forget to try their popular Vietnamese coffee (you can even try one that’s blended with coconut or avocado.)
Image courtesy of Pasha Turkish Restaurant
This locally-owned, hidden gem serves authentic Halal and Zabihah food. We recommend visiting before 2:30 pm to take advantage of their lunch special, which includes freshly-made bread along with your main dish and side for $12!
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Hugo’s combines high-end, traditional Mexican cuisine with an award-winning wine program, cocktail list and tequila menu. It’s the perfect combination if you ask us! P.S. They also offer tasty brunch options during the weekends.
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This elegant restaurant is perfect for date nights, and if you’re looking to experience an unforgettable, multi-course omakase dinner, you have to book a reservation. (Seriously- if you plan on visiting Houston, call ASAP to reserve a table.)
This New Orleans styled restaurant features the perfect mix of classic and creative cajun dishes. But be warned- Brennan’s will leave you reminiscing about your meal long after it’s over. Reservations strongly recommended. P.S. Happy Hour
is Tuesday through Friday from 4 pm – 7 pm.
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This locally-owned restaurant offers southern cuisine with an international flair.
Over 300 wine selections. Stone-fired pizza, goat cheese beignets, and artisan cheese flights. With so many pairings to choose from, don’t be surprised if you end up staying for a few hours sipping wine with friends in their cozy indoor space or outdoor patio.
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If you’re looking to expand your wine profile or just relax and enjoy a few drinks with friends, you’re going to love Sixty Vines! Here you can choose from 60 wines on tap (that rotate frequently) while enjoying tasty appetizers and maybe a hearty meal or two. And if you’re not much of a wine drinker, you can always order a cocktail or explore what beer they have on tap.
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Escape to this tropical-inspired bar for a few hours to enjoy coconut tiki drinks and shareable bites with friends! Reservations recommended. P.S. Happy Hour is Tuesday through Friday from 4 – 6 pm.