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10 minutes ago, cspwal said:

Ramen is a kind of food.  Another term for food is grub.  You remove the 'u' and you get grb.  All caps that's GRB, so it's related.  Also Half Life 3 confirmed


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28 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

@gene you knew when you posted the Ramen Tatsu-ya post it wasn't related to GRB. If people don't see your post, then they don't see it. Don't force it by posting stuff that's not related to the topic of a thread. You already shared that news in the Montrose thread for Ramen Tatsu-ya. You could have also shared it in the dining forum not in George R Brown Convention remodel forum. Ugh.

thats why i said my friends...here...sorry didnt mean to ruin your day :)

 

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Doesn't matter, @gene. You knew that post didn't belong. You only did it so people could see it in this forum, a post that had nothing to do with anything in this thread about GRB. Just stop doing stuff like that. And my day is superb, thank you.

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33 minutes ago, cspwal said:

Ramen is a kind of food.  Another term for food is grub.  You remove the 'u' and you get grb.  All caps that's GRB, so it's related.  Also Half Life 3 confirmed

 

you are awesome! :) 

 

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Lol geez, I can understand if he was pushing a political point & opinion or something but the dude's just giving us a heads up on a new spot with awesome savings.  Hell he even prefaced it by apologizing ahead of time.  

 

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It makes absolute sense to have these type of eateries in the convention area. Tourist hot spots cater to the stereotypical tourist. Why pay twice as much for an Olive Garden meal in Times Square or waste your time in a Ripley's? I cannot answer that, but people like it, and good for them. If there's going to be a place for that, might as well be Downtown, and might as well be by the GRB.

 

If someone wants "better" options or where us locals will go, they will turn to the internet and find it. Unless they know someone whom lives here.

 

But for the love of all that is holy stop chanting for an Observation Tower.

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17 minutes ago, Montrose1100 said:

 

It makes absolute sense to have these type of eateries in the convention area. Tourist hot spots cater to the stereotypical tourist. Why pay twice as much for an Olive Garden meal in Times Square or waste your time in a Ripley's? I cannot answer that, but people like it, and good for them. If there's going to be a place for that, might as well be Downtown, and might as well be by the GRB.

 

If someone wants "better" options or where us locals will go, they will turn to the internet and find it. Unless they know someone whom lives here.

 

But for the love of all that is holy stop chanting for an Observation Tower.

What about a restaurant-filled observation tower shaped like the Oilers logo with a driving range all on top of the convention center? (Oh...and the observation tower has a skywalk from a new Ritz-Carlton on the site of a newly-razed Embassy Suites)

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3 hours ago, Montrose1100 said:

 

It makes absolute sense to have these type of eateries in the convention area. Tourist hot spots cater to the stereotypical tourist. Why pay twice as much for an Olive Garden meal in Times Square or waste your time in a Ripley's? I cannot answer that, but people like it, and good for them. If there's going to be a place for that, might as well be Downtown, and might as well be by the GRB.

 

If someone wants "better" options or where us locals will go, they will turn to the internet and find it. Unless they know someone whom lives here.

 

But for the love of all that is holy stop chanting for an Observation Tower.

 

Why?

 

I want my dream of a nice observation tower in a architecturally designed rocket to symbolize space city shooting into the air.

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9 hours ago, scarface said:

 

Why?

 

I want my dream of a nice observation tower in a architecturally designed rocket to symbolize space city shooting into the air.

Because they rarely add to the skyline IMO. I can count on one hand where they do.

 

Place an observation floor or rooftop on/in a new building, but not a solo TV Tower. 

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12 hours ago, Montrose1100 said:

But for the love of all that is holy stop chanting for an Observation Tower.

Then what will I fill my weekends with?

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On 2/17/2017 at 3:24 AM, Montrose1100 said:

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It makes absolute sense to have these type of eateries in the convention area. Tourist hot spots cater to the stereotypical tourist. Why pay twice as much for an Olive Garden meal in Times Square or waste your time in a Ripley's? I cannot answer that, but people like it, and good for them. If there's going to be a place for that, might as well be Downtown, and might as well be by the GRB.

 

If someone wants "better" options or where us locals will go, they will turn to the internet and find it. Unless they know someone whom lives here.

 

But for the love of all that is holy stop chanting for an Observation Tower.

I totally agree with this. Area's like the Convention center are for the tourists and so will have more chain restaurants. Thats pretty typical even for most cities.

 

For example in Berlin, If you go to Berlin Mitte (the center of the city) you will see more chain restaurants and touristy places offering "authentic german food" and its expensive because its for tourists, but if you really want to eat what the locals eat then you go to those neighborhoods that are for locals and have local foods...and of course the prices will be cheaper.

 

In Houston's case all you have to do is take a trip down to midtown, montrose, and washington ave or The Heights to eat more local stuff.

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My thing is; While the new restaurants are cool and all, what ever happened to the supposed retail district they were talking about a few years back. Are those plans DOA now?

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No, they just finished renovating Dallas street from Louisiana to the Toyota center with lighting, sidewalk widening, landscaping, and they are working on retail expansion in these blocks. Just give it a little more time. Its been fifty five years since we had serious retail downtown on Main.

I think we can wait another year or two.  Its kind of the chicken or the  egg situation. First people need to be living downtown and then stores will se a larger market. If they were thinking they would realize that there is a huge market downtown with 150,000 people that could get some shopping done at lunch or breaks. 

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I saw this little gem in the touristy area of Berlin. We tried what they called a margarita (it wasn't.. lol), but weren't about to try the food... lol

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10 hours ago, greystone08(returns) said:

My thing is; While the new restaurants are cool and all, what ever happened to the supposed retail district they were talking about a few years back. Are those plans DOA now?

 

WOW!!! Greystone08! :o:D

 

I haven't seen you on here in a loonng time. It's been like a decade!!!  Can I say "Welcome back"?

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On 2/19/2017 at 2:06 AM, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

I saw this little gem in the touristy area of Berlin. We tried what they called a margarita (it wasn't.. lol), but weren't about to try the food... lol

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Haha Thats awesome. Berlin does have some great burrito places though. Tex-Mex I'm immediately suspect! The one thing I think would make this better is if they replaced the "Giant" size steak with "Texas" sized steak.

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On 2/18/2017 at 7:06 PM, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

I saw this little gem in the touristy area of Berlin. We tried what they called a margarita (it wasn't.. lol), but weren't about to try the food... lol

 

 

oh man, that's the best thing to do! try their interpretations of our food!

 

There is an Italian Pizza place in Rothenburg right near the center of town. They have an "Amercan Pizza" it has corn, hamburger meat, bbq sauce and salami slices. Actually quite tasty!

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1 hour ago, samagon said:

 

oh man, that's the best thing to do! try their interpretations of our food!

 

I used to do that with cajun/creole food but I've since learned my lesson.  haha.  

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I ordered the "Kansas City" Sandwich once at a café in Sicily, thinking it might be roast beef...or some kind of meat.  It was a Fish sandwich.  I should have been ordering a fish dish anyway...I was in Sicily!  I was young. 

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I ate Tex-Mex at a restaurant in Sidney.  It all came with cream cheese. It was actually not bad even though it was obviously not at all like Tex-Mex.

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Has anyone been down in this area or gone to any of the restaurants since the Super Bowl?  I haven't, but I'm concerned it's a ghost town and these places aren't going to last . . . .

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I have ridden my bike through a few times since SB....there are always people around - Marriott was busy...Xochi's patio was full, there were a handful of people in the Grotto patio...couldn't tell what was going on inside any of the restaurants.  Disco Green wasn't too busy, but everything is currently shut down - the fountains were being repaired, the ice skating rink is being converted to roller skating and of course most of the grass areas are off limits.

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32 minutes ago, htownproud said:

Has anyone been down in this area or gone to any of the restaurants since the Super Bowl?  I haven't, but I'm concerned it's a ghost town and these places aren't going to last . . . .

 

I live 2 blocks north and ate at Grotto last week and it was slammed pack. Downtown in general has a lot more foot traffic these days and its really promising especially once all of the apartments are finishing up this year and more events and conventions come to town. I remember downtown dying a bit after the 2004 Superbowl but I feel we have way more momentum this time around. I hope I'm right.

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51 minutes ago, swtsig said:

 

jesus dude these places have barely been open 3 weeks... give them a little breathing room before etching their tombstone.

Hence why I asked a question.  Go grab some coffee or something . . . 

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7 hours ago, htownproud said:

Has anyone been down in this area or gone to any of the restaurants since the Super Bowl?  I haven't, but I'm concerned it's a ghost town and these places aren't going to last . . . .

Biggios, the few times I walked by did not seem crowded.  There were people in there but it wasn't "crowded."  That new place, "Brasserie du Parc" seems a little thin but twice I have seen a "good" crowd.  I think that they could use better signage.  Xochi seems to be doing well.  The others I can't  comment on.

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22 hours ago, htownproud said:

Hence why I asked a question.  Go grab some coffee or something . . . 

 

you asked if anyone had been down there but commented that you thought it would be a ghost town and these places wouldn't last... hence why I told you to chill w the negativity. 

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On 2/24/2017 at 5:04 PM, HoustonMidtown said:

I have ridden my bike through a few times since SB....there are always people around - Marriott was busy...Xochi's patio was full, there were a handful of people in the Grotto patio...couldn't tell what was going on inside any of the restaurants.  Disco Green wasn't too busy, but everything is currently shut down - the fountains were being repaired, the ice skating rink is being converted to roller skating and of course most of the grass areas are off limits.

Not surprised by these things. This is a perfect time to get the Green ready for Spring and Summer activities. From pictures and talk on here it sounds like the Green got worked to hell this Fall and Winter (which is great, but will mean the Green needs a breather at various times).

 

I'm so glad to hear about all the positive things going on downtown!

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Last weekend they were taking all the pallets that lined the dirt floor, I assume they used the space for a Super Bowl Function. The Kulture signs are gone and nothing appears to be going on inside. Is Kulture still happening?

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On 2/24/2017 at 5:17 PM, UtterlyUrban said:

Biggios, the few times I walked by did not seem crowded.  There were people in there but it wasn't "crowded."  That new place, "Brasserie du Parc" seems a little thin but twice I have seen a "good" crowd.  I think that they could use better signage.  Xochi seems to be doing well.  The others I can't  comment on.

Husband and I ate at Grotto Friday night.  Grotto was full, Xochi was full and Biggio's, while not full, had a good crowd. Brasserie du Parc had a nice crowd as well. Mkt Bar is a regular go-to for us and typically has a good crowd. 

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45 minutes ago, CREguy13 said:

I'll be very interested to see the crowds at Biggios once the regular season starts, I will be there often.

 

Agreed, I think Biggio's will become a pre-game tradition. 

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It might become a during game tradition too if you don't have tickets for that game

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14 hours ago, cspwal said:

It might become a during game tradition too if you don't have tickets for that game

Can you see the field from any current building now (the newer ones built?)

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The Catalyst advertises that there will be a viewing room exclusive to the Penthouse residents for watching baseball games; 500 Crawford also has a place where you can watch.  The big window along Crawford in Minute maid is actually surprisingly low once you get elevated some.

 

I don't think there's any public places nearby to watch the games from

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^^^ GRB concourse.. lively art, massive space, colorful hues, and gorgeous.....

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wooooohooooooooooooooooo! thats awesome news! yay us!!!  (love that photo too btw!)

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18 hours ago, BeerNut said:

What music center are they referring to in the article?

 

The one planned for the Polk/Clay/Chenevert/Hamilton block.

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