Happy hour haven: Skip the after-work rush at GreenStreet with great specials
Foodie fever in Houston is at an all-time high, with new restaurants opening each week and local chefs gaining national recognition for dynamic fare, and among the don't-miss dining destinations is GreenStreet. This downtown mixed-use destination is surrounded by office buildings and high-rise apartments, and is just blocks from Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center. For downtown employees, residents and visitors alike, it's easy to turn rush hour into happy hour at GreenStreet — great deals at great prices are just a short walk or a METRO stop away.
Guadalajara del Centro offers happy hour deals from 3 to 7 p.m. daily at its downtown Tex-Mex outpost. Think ceviche nachos, fried avocados, flautas and quesadillas for $5 each, along with $4 bottled beer, $5 house margaritas, $6 hand-crafted mojitos and $7 skinny-ritas and sangria.
For a Spanish spin on tapas, try Andalucia for $4 bites like chicken breast skewers, empanadillas and fried calamari, and affordable wine flights daily from 3 to 7 p.m.
Dine at Mia Bella Trattoria from Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. to get half off appetizers from the dinner menu. Antipasti plates like gnocchi, strudel, risotto and bruschetta cost less than $7 each at this relaxed Italian eatery, and on Tuesdays, Mia Bella offers 20 to 50 percent off of bottles of wine.
Turn rush hour into happy hour with great deals at even better prices at one of the distinctive on-site establishments at GreenStreet.
Enjoy happy hour every day from 4 to 7 p.m. at III Forks Steakhouse, where $5 martinis pair perfectly with affordable appetizers like Kobe beef sliders, bleu cheese beef croustades and ahi tuna. Or stop by McCormick & Schmick's from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday for bargains on beer, wine and cocktails and a happy hour menu that puts the restaurant's surf and turf specials in the forefront.
Crossroads Restaurant and Bar at the House of Blues showcases American and international dishes created by celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez. Happy hour offerings include pulled pork sliders, street tacos with blackened chicken or char-grilled citrus marinated steak, chicken wings, loaded cheese fries and much more. Enjoy these mouthwatering menu items — plus specials on domestic and import beers, house wine and call cocktails — from 4 to 7 p.m. every day of the week.
For fine dining, check out the venerable music venue's Foundation Room, perfect for a business dinner or a romantic night on the town. House of Blues' hidden gem is participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks with a rich three-course menu through September 1. Prix fixe options include steak tartare, cauliflower tempura, grilled pork chops, roasted chicken and fresh market fish in meuniére sauce with spinach and artichoke.
If you're seeking upscale after-hours entertainment on Wednesday through Saturday, look no further than Pete's Dueling Piano Bar for showtime tunes and signature schooners. Pete's newest cocktail, the All Nighter, is aptly named: Pinnacle Berry Vodka, Blueberry Red Bull Special Edition, 7-Up, Angostura bitters and lemon will cure any nine-to-five blues.
Cut your commute while hitting the lanes at Lucky Strike. Weekday drink specials include $3 Bud Light drafts, $4 premium drafts, $5 house wines and $6 Lucky Shots from 3 to 7 p.m. Stick around for starters like Soft Pretzel Dippers and Momma's Mac N Cheese, customizable to your taste with toppings like truffle oil, avocado, bacon, chicken and slow-braised short rib; or opt for one of Lucky Strike's signature burgers, each served on a toasted brioche bun with a side of crisp, house-made potato chips.
Happy hour deals this good are sure to keep you coming back for more.