From my wedding website (my guests stayed in West Houston):
Here is Andrea’s dining list. All of the resaurants listed are within 4 miles of the hotel and she has sampled the food at all but two.
And, for those of you who want to head to Chinatown to find Chinese food (and a good bit of Vietnamese, but not much Malaysian or Thai), the “New Chinatown” is located along Bellaire Boulevard, mostly between Mary Bates Boulevard and Cook Road with the main concentration between Wilcrest Road and Corporate Boulevard. To get their from the hotel, proceed south (away from the freeway) on Dairy Ashford. Turn east (left) on Bellaire. Soon you’ll see street signs that include Asian languages.
Where do you suggest we eat?
- Asian Fusion
Pei Wei Asian Diner
14008 Memorial Drive Suite A, Houston, TX 77079, 281-506-3500
14714 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079, 281-493-1520
1202 Dairy Ashford, Houston, TX 77079, 281-493-3806
13346 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, Houston, TX 77077, 281-493-9743
1635 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, Texas 77077, 281-810-4070
11113 ½ Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079, 713-464-2728
Lucky Village Chinese Buffet
1111 Dairy Ashford St. Houston, TX 77079, 281/558-6055)
14525 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079, 832-379-8881
1400 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX 77077, 832-379-8322
Ashiana Indian Restaurant
12610 Briar Forest Road, Houston, TX 77077, 281-679-5555
14795 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079, 281-531-0696
Lasagna House III
13306 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77077, 281-496-9114
Aka Japanese Cusine
1460 Eldridge Parkway Ste. 130, Houston, TX 77077, 281-558-8900
- Latin Fusion
Café Red Onion
1111 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, Tx 77077, 281-293-7500
Poblano’s Mexican Grill
1250 Eldridge Parkway Suite 100, Houston, TX 77077, 281-531-6637
Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant
14737 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079, 281-497-5100
New York Pizzeria
13346 Briar Forest Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77077, 281-497-9800
955 ½ Dairy Ashford, Houston, TX 77079, 281-870-0807
Texas Land & Cattle
12313 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079, 281-679-9900
Nit Noi Thai
1005 Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77077, 281-496-9200
Kim Son Cafe
1809 Eldridge Parkway, #108, Houston, TX 77077, 281-597-9191
2529 Highway 6 S, Houston, TX 77082, 281-584-0097
For the shopping fans…
Although shopping in any major metropolitan area may lead a shopper to many of the same stores, Houston offers a variety of shopping opportunities. Of course, because Houston is constantly re-inventing itself, its malls are constantly being renovated and upgraded. The Houston Galleria is generally considered Houston’s premier mall. Its anchors include Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstroms, and two Macy’s. Across the street from the Galleria is a newly opened Nordstrom’s Rack, a Container Store, a DSW, and a Whole Earth Provisions. If you are staying at our recommended hotel, you can arrange free transportation through the hotel to the malls/shopping centers that are within 5 miles. These include Town and Country Village, City Centre, and Memorial City Mall. Although they are a bit farther away, you can also visit West Oaks Mall (which is on the older side) and First Colony Mall. Two other outdoor shopping areas include Highland Village (which is located “inside the Loop”) and the new La Centerra in Katy. And for the bargain hunters, there are two “outlet malls” on the west side of town: Katy Mills Mall and Houston Premium Outlets.
Houston is home to a host of museums. The Museum District boasts 18 museums within a 1.5 mile radius.
- the Buffalo Soldiers Museum,
- the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum,
- the Children’s Museum,
- the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston,
- the Czech Center Museum Houston,
- the Health Museum,
- the Holocaust Museum,
- the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft,
- the Houston Center for Photography,
- the Houston Museum of Natural Science,
- the Houston Zoo,
- the John C. Freeman Weather Museum,
- the Jung Center of Houston,
- the Lawndale Art Center,
- the Menil Collection,
- the Museum of Fine Arts Houston,
- the Rice University Art Gallery,
- and the Rothko Chapel.
Other museums of interest include:
For the performing arts fans…
Houston is home to a host of performing arts groups, including those in the Houston Theater District. However, like our sports fans, our performing arts fans may be a bit disappointed. The Houston Symphony will be performing Mozart’s Jupiter at Jones Hall on Thursday, May 13 at 8 pm, Saturday, May 15 at 8 pm (but you can’t really attend that) and again on Sunday, May 16 at 2:30 pm. The Houston Grand Opera will be closing its performance of Handel’s Xerxes with its performance on Friday, May 14 at 8 pm. The Main Street Theater will have performances of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at 1 pm on Saturday, May 15 and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia on Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 and on Sunday May 16 at 3 pm. Our musical theater group, Theater Under the Stars, will have just finished its production of Little House on the Prairie. The Alley Theatre will be in between its productions of Harvey and Intelligence-Slave. The Houston Ballet will just be gearing up for its production of Pecos. The A.D. Players will be performing Alice Now! (Thursday, May 13, at 10:30, Friday, May 14, at 10:30 and 7, Saturday, May 15, at 10:30 and 1) and The Little Foxes (Thursday, May 13, at 7:30, Friday, May 14 at 8.
For the sports fans…
What we know right now is that the sports fans might be a bit disappointed. Our baseball team, the Houston Astros, will be out of town (in one of the our favorite cities, San Francisco) on the weekend of our wedding. Our Soccer team, the Houston Dynamo will also be on the road wedding weekend. Our hockey team, the Houston Aeros, is having a dismal year and barring a “miracle on ice” will not be making the playoffs. Our remaining hope is the Houston Rockets. Hopefully, they will make a late season surge for the NBA playoffs giving Houston a least a chance of a playoff game.
On the up side, the stadiums have public tours available at a price considerably cheaper than the ticket price for a game (except baseball). If you want to really see the stadium, we recommend a tour!
Baseball: Minute Maid Park Tour Info
Basketball & Hockey: Toyota Center – Tour Info
Football: Reliant Stadium – Tour Info
Soccer: No shrine yet… the project is still in the proposal phase!