If you are going out for a night at the theater or a concert, you have numerous options. Houston has a thriving theater district as well as other large venues where you can see major musical acts come into town. This theater district and the restaurant scene are both bustling with examples of world-class fare. It is likely that you will take advantage of both of these fronts when you go out for dinner and a concert. Satisfy your hunger before the show at one of the many Houston-area restaurants that are close to the major concert sites in town.
1611 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010
Located in Discovery Green, The Grove features one of the best views in downtown Houston, especially at sunset. You can dine on standard American fare, like roast chicken and hamburgers made with local ingredients, including vegetables from the rooftop garden. The prices and the experience at The Grove are both upscale, but the view and The Grove’s close proximity to Toyota Center make this a spot you must try just once before a concert. Be sure that you go to The Grove before a show because it closes at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 10 p.m. the rest of the week.
9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 670
The Woodlands, TX 77380
If you are going to a concert at the Woodlands Pavilion, you can go across the street from the gold paid parking lot to The Woodlands Market Square. In this shopping and dining outdoor mall, you can find 1252 Tapas Bar, where, on many nights, you can just follow the sound of live music from inside to get to the bar. This is where you can go if you want to tide over your hunger until an after-show meal or if you prefer to eat light dinners. This restaurant features the Spanish tradition of tapas. You can order a series of small appetizers to get a range of flavors without getting too full, and the menu includes everything from appetizers to desserts in the same portions that are just perfect to leave your taste buds satiated.
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500 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
Birraporetti’s has been a Houston staple for over 30 years. This restaurant started as an Irish bar with a restaurant that served great Italian food, which is the kind of cultural mash-up you can only see in a town as diverse as Houston. Today, you can still get great drinks from the bar and tasty, reasonably priced Italian food from the restaurant menu. The downtown location is in the theater district, which places it within easy walking distance of the Alley Theater, Jones Hall, the Hobby Center and Wortham Center. If you ask the server, you can get a three-course theater menu that gives you a choice of starter, entree and dessert.
1510 Polk St.
Houston, TX 77002
If you are going to a concert at the Toyota Center, you can get a great parking spot by showing up 90 minutes before the show to enjoy a chef’s table buffet at the Red and White Bistro. The price for the buffet is $40 per adult and $20 per child, which includes international dishes and desserts. You can also choose from the 1,500 bottles of white and red wines in the towers of wine that are a signature part of this restaurant.
9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 1120
The Woodlands, TX 77380
If you are looking for a more substantial dinner just moments away from The Woodlands Pavilion, try the authentic, stick-to-your-ribs New Orleans cooking from Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen. The restaurant goes so far to be authentic that it has products from Louisiana, like Blue Plate mayonnaise and Community coffee, shipped into the restaurant in The Woodlands. The menu includes both rustic cajun cooking as well as creole cuisine. For the last three years, this restaurant has won awards from OpenTable.com and for the Best of The Woodlands. You can get to The Woodlands Pavilion, located just across Lake Robbins Drive from Schilleci’s, by foot, which can allow you to burn off some of the rich, flavorful food that you enjoyed at the restaurant.
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