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1 hour ago, CREguy13 said:

Was here last night and they did a fantastic job with this hotel.  Biggios was great and the food was really good, job well done.

Interesting. Biggio's seems to have such terrible to mediocre reviews online.

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man i loved Biggios french fries as posted earlier...just a crunchy outer shell and seriously some of the best i have ever had...but thats all i have tried so far haha!

the service was a little slow but hopefully that is just growing pains.

i LOVE the venue itself and will be going there this weekend! 

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2 hours ago, Triton said:

Interesting. Biggio's seems to have such terrible to mediocre reviews online.

I was there a day or two after it opened.  Service was poor and took forever.  I chalked it up to being newly opened.  No issue.  A number of the reviews online are from the last couple of days, though.  They should have been able to work kinks out by now but they seem to still be having some issues.  if those issues aren't addressed in the next month or two, they are going to to have a lot of work to do to restore confidence.

 

i am thinking of actually having a function there - about 20 people.  It would be a fun place to go.  If reviews are still highlighting service issues in a couple of months, I will book elsewhere.

 

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Ordered the St. Arnold's Divine Reserve and the guy spent about five minutes pouring it to get it perfect. Gave us samples of other beers while we waited. Enjoyed the place. Thought it could use a bit more Biggio/Astros memorabilia but not criticizing.

 

Inside of the hotel looked beautiful, what I saw of it.

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watched that freaking/mind blowing/craziness of a game there last night...wow what a Super Bowl game and so glad that history making event took place in our city (which looked absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!) anyway, definitely more together as far as the service we got and it was an incredible night of food, drinks, fun for me and my friends! 

 

and again, WOW i am so proud to be a Houstonian!!! i love our city and everyone i met visiting said the same thing! 

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Posting this in this thread since the Convention Center thread has gotten a little acrimonious (which I may have contributed to...?).  Made the drive in from Austin on Saturday morning with my old man, who I walked downtown with on the same day in 2004. We figured out a way to get in and out of downtown with zero traffic: the trusty Elysian Viaduct. Got on Hardy Street at the North Loop and headed south. The neighborhoods we passed through had either deteriorated since last time or my eyes have changed; I could not believe the dilapidation of the houses, and the omnipresent chain-link fences around the front yards. A few pockets of gentrifying townhomes amid a sea of disrepair. Was starting to wonder if I see Houston through rose-colored glasses, and then we were on the viaduct, looking down on Hardy Yards and St. Arnold's on either side, and the skyline rising up before us out of a misty gray sky. Wow. I have combed through the photos on here, but nothing could prepare me for the impact of all the new buildings. Particularly the new neighborhood that has emerged around Minute Maid Park, with its bricky feel, anchored by Finger's apartments. The whole panorama from Minute Maid Park to Market Square Tower a feast for the eyes. If someone ever builds an observation tower for Houston, please put it on the north end in the warehouse district. The thought of Boston crossed my mind. When we got out of the car at Congress and LaBranch, I was in a daze, almost hopping past the five blocks or so to Discovery Green. What a city we have, my friends. 

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1 hour ago, H-Town Man said:

Posting this in this thread since the Convention Center thread has gotten a little acrimonious (which I may have contributed to... moo?). Made the drive in from Austin on Saturday morning with my old man, who I walked downtown with on the same day in 2004. We figured out a way to get in and out of downtown with zero traffic: the trusty Elysian Viaduct. Got on Hardy Street at the North Loop and headed south. The neighborhoods we passed through had either deteriorated since last time or my eyes have changed; I could not believe the dilapidation of the houses, and the omnipresent chain-link fences around the front yards. A few pockets of gentrifying townhomes amid a sea of disrepair. Was starting to wonder if I see Houston through rose-colored glasses, and then we were on the viaduct, looking down on Hardy Yards and St. Arnold's on either side, and the skyline rising up before us out of a misty gray sky. Wow. I have combed through the photos on here, but nothing could prepare me for the impact of all the new buildings. Particularly the new neighborhood that has emerged around Minute Maid Park, with its bricky feel, anchored by Finger's apartments. The whole panorama from Minute Maid Park to Market Square Tower a feast for the eyes. If someone ever builds an observation tower for Houston, please put it on the north end in the warehouse district. The thought of Boston crossed my mind. When we got out of the car at Congress and LaBranch, I was in a daze, almost hopping past the five blocks or so to Discovery Green. What a city we have, my friends. 

 

I love that approach to downtown. I wonder if the hardy extension will damage it or make it better... Hoping for an improvement, but a raised freeway could worsen the area. They really need to bury the extension.

 

You are right that the near northside isn't thriving. It is in a very weird grey area of urbanization / gentrification.Those who one homes in the NNS are unwilling or unable to care for their homes. They are also being pushed out by higher taxes, rents, and costs of maintenance. Eventually, all those homes will either be demolished for high density townhomes or renovated to be upscale and costly homes. The unique juxtaposition will likely continue until it is overall a high end area (10-20 years).

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50 minutes ago, Avossos said:

 

I love that approach to downtown. I wonder if the hardy extension will damage it or make it better... Hoping for an improvement, but a raised freeway could worsen the area. They really need to bury the extension.

 

You are right that the near northside isn't thriving. It is in a very weird grey area of urbanization / gentrification.Those who one homes in the NNS are unwilling or unable to care for their homes. They are also being pushed out by higher taxes, rents, and costs of maintenance. Eventually, all those homes will either be demolished for high density townhomes or renovated to be upscale and costly homes. The unique juxtaposition will likely continue until it is overall a high end area (10-20 years).

 

Oh yeah, I forgot about the Hardy extension. I can't imagine the viaduct will survive both it and the planned I-45 realignment. Here's hoping.

 

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6 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

Posting this in this thread since the Convention Center thread has gotten a little acrimonious (which I may have contributed to...?).  Made the drive in from Austin on Saturday morning with my old man, who I walked downtown with on the same day in 2004. We figured out a way to get in and out of downtown with zero traffic: the trusty Elysian Viaduct. Got on Hardy Street at the North Loop and headed south. The neighborhoods we passed through had either deteriorated since last time or my eyes have changed; I could not believe the dilapidation of the houses, and the omnipresent chain-link fences around the front yards. A few pockets of gentrifying townhomes amid a sea of disrepair. Was starting to wonder if I see Houston through rose-colored glasses, and then we were on the viaduct, looking down on Hardy Yards and St. Arnold's on either side, and the skyline rising up before us out of a misty gray sky. Wow. I have combed through the photos on here, but nothing could prepare me for the impact of all the new buildings. Particularly the new neighborhood that has emerged around Minute Maid Park, with its bricky feel, anchored by Finger's apartments. The whole panorama from Minute Maid Park to Market Square Tower a feast for the eyes. If someone ever builds an observation tower for Houston, please put it on the north end in the warehouse district. The thought of Boston crossed my mind. When we got out of the car at Congress and LaBranch, I was in a daze, almost hopping past the five blocks or so to Discovery Green. What a city we have, my friends. 

 

So had you not been downtown since 2004?

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On 5/11/2017 at 4:45 PM, Mab said:

 

The reviews online for Biggios might be starting to improve on balance but they still do seem to have significant issues (if you believe the reviews).  I have not been back since my first experience. Has anyone been in the last month?  Was service credible and efficient?

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I have been to Biggios many times and love the place...good food and no service issues since that opening weekend from my experience.

and in other news, Bud's BBQ had it's grand opening Saturday although i wasn't in the mood for bbq and instead went to Mcalister's Deli and man that orange cranberry club sandwich was delicious...as was the strawberry lemonade! :o (and of course there were tons of awesome comicpalooza people in super fun costumes etc...love when there are cool events at GRB and DG...so fun to see so many people enjoying that area!)

 

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7 hours ago, gene said:

I have been to Biggios many times and love the place...good food and no service issues since that opening weekend from my experience.

and in other news, Bud's BBQ had it's grand opening Saturday although i wasn't in the mood for bbq and instead went to Mcalister's Deli and man that orange cranberry club sandwich was delicious...as was the strawberry lemonade! :o (and of course there were tons of awesome comicpalooza people in super fun costumes etc...love when there are cool events at GRB and DG...so fun to see so many people enjoying that area!)

 

 

^^^ @gene glad that you had a great time my pal.  however, did BUD'S have the area alive and smelling of great BBQ?  i cannot help but picture this particular ambiance.  also, were there many people patronizing the new BUD'S?  i cannot wait to get there and try them out.....

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1 hour ago, samagon said:

 

You know how you jinx a baseball team?

 

This, this is how you jinx a baseball team. If the Astros don't win, it's all your fault :(

He's probably a Rangers fan. Just kidding.  Btw, what is the area like during an Astros game?

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16 hours ago, monarch said:

^^^ @gene glad that you had a great time my pal.  however, did BUD'S have the area alive and smelling of great BBQ?  i cannot help but picture this particular ambiance.  also, were there many people patronizing the new BUD'S?  i cannot wait to get there and try them out.....

 

haha it DID smell like delicious bbq and there was a reasonable crowd there...i was there in an off time (around 4pm) so i am betting it was even busier around lunch and dinner time! 

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43 minutes ago, HOUCAJUN said:

He's probably a Rangers fan. Just kidding.  Btw, what is the area like during an Astros game?

 

It's pretty vibrant, and not just during games. Considering the traffic, the remaining surface lots around disco green should disappear.

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Wait, I thought all these business were going to fail after the super bowl?? No way is this accurate.

 

All sarcasm aside it's great to see this being reported. Mainly for those who still do not believe or understand it is not just the delusion of HAIF posters but rather the reality of the transformation of downtown.  

 

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On ‎5‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 5:57 PM, UtterlyUrban said:

The reviews online for Biggios might be starting to improve on balance but they still do seem to have significant issues (if you believe the reviews).  I have not been back since my first experience. Has anyone been in the last month?  Was service credible and efficient?

 I have been a few times in the last month to watch the Astros on their screens and grab a burger.  It is an easy place to eat, and then my kids go to Discovery Green afterwards. I really like taking out of towners there as it shows off the area, and that downtown is alive.

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Our family  went to Biggios while we stayed at the Marriott. Enjoyed it greatly, but I am not a gourmet and as long as the service is functional, I'm happy. CrockpotandGravel has an extensive awareness of the Houston dining scene. His opinion perhaps?

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Ugh I feel like I'm going to stumble over that edge just looking at that picture. But that is a beautiful view.

I wish Google would do some night-time aerial imagery over big cities someday, that would be useless but really cool. I guess aside from being expensive and not commercially useful, there must be some technical issue with exposure times making such a thing hard to do?

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