by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
Business travel can be unpleasant; it's time consuming, inconvenient and you end up eating at an unremarkable bordering on sad restaurant more often than you care to think. But now you get to see Houston (great city) and if you plan accordingly, you'll get to sample some of the best our oil and gas turned arts and food mecca has to offer. Below, some hotel and restaurant suggestions for downtown and in the Galleria area. (Photo: Flickr/eflon)
Updated: July 07, 2010
If Don Draper from "Mad Men" were traveling to Houston in this day and age, he might have dropped in on this beautifully renovated historic building for an old fashioned at the bar. The food is decidedly casual but taken together with the extensive drink menu, Hearsay is a solid option for dining alone or for business travel.
Byrd's is popular with office workers for its fast but decidedly not fast food lunch (order the fried green tomato burger) and does downtown denizens another solid by staying open for dinner and breakfast throughout the entire week when most other Houston restaurants and cafes are closed.
Chef Robert Del Grande is one of Houston's most notable and the flagship of his restaurant group is a destination for locals and visitors alike. The menu famously marries all the favorite flavors of the area, tossing Mexican or Creole flavors in with Gulf Coast seafood, and the bar is almost always bustling with Houston's elite.
If you've got an expense account to abuse during your business trip, this steakhouse lodged in the Galleria is your go-to for spicy calamari and filet. A bumping happy hour scene ensures that you won't feel alone despite being in a new city for business travel.