Nancy’s Hustle is a bistro/wine bar in East Downtown that gets a lot of things right, from the dim lighting and good music to the interesting wine selection and late hours, and it’s one of the coolest new places in Houston. While there’s no real theme to the menu, there are always a few dishes that you know will be good just by reading them, like lamb dumplings and Nancy Cakes with whipped butter and caviar. Grab a drink and some small plates at the bar, or stop by for dessert until midnight.
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Head to Huynh, which is just east of downtown, for a lunch of Vietnamese classics like pho, vermicelli bowls, and banh cuon.
The Original Ninfa’s On Navigation
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is where to go in Downtown for fajitas, margaritas, and a great outdoor patio.
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Julep is where to go on Washington Ave. for good cocktails and fancy bar food without the dress code or bouncers of nearby spots.
Last Concert Cafe
Last Concert Cafe is a historic music venue and Mexican restaurant located just north of Downtown.
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Axelrad Beer Garden
Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown has 30 beers on tap, a huge backyard, and lots of hammocks to lounge in.
Xochi is a Oaxacan spot in the Marriott Marquis hotel downtown, with mezcal cocktails, fresh masa, and a mole sampler that should be on your table.
Cafe TH in East Downtown serves all of the Vietnamese classics, along with lots of vegetarian and vegan options.
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