The Definitive Guide to Houston

Where to Dine Before the World Series

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You’ve got your tickets. You’ve got your ‘Stros swag. All you need now is a perfect place to dine before the big game tomorrow. From upscale to casual, we’ve gathered a range of notable downtown favorites you’re sure to enjoy.


Photo by Paula Murphy

Crowned the #1 restaurant in Houston by the Chronicle, the latest concept from 2017 James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega and top restaurateur Tracy Vaught is nothing short of sublime. Dine on authentic Oaxacan dishes in a bright, chic space inside the stunning new Marriott Marquis.

1777 Walker St.  |  713-400-3330  |


Oxbow 7

©Jennifer Caswell

Located inside the Le Méridien hotel, this just-opened eatery from noted restaurateur Jennifer Caswell and James Beard-nominated chef Bryan Caswell (Reef) is already a local favorite. Enjoy a menu of elevated Bayou cuisine, plus a superb wine list at this upscale spot. If you’re going to eat at the ballpark, be sure to check out one of Caswell’s Minute Maid concepts.

1121 Walker St.  |   (713) 487-6137  |


Biggio’s Sports Bar

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Named for the great former ‘Stros player Craig Biggio, this expansive hangout inside the Marriott Marquis provides the perfect atmosphere for a beer and a bite. Dive into their quintessentially-American menu, and enjoy pre-game gab on their impressive range of TVs.

1777 Walker St.  |  (346) 229-2577  |


Bovine & Barley

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The name says it all: Dive into meat-focused plates and pints at this intimate, industrial chic bar in the heart of downtown. If you’re a beer lover, prepare to applaud—they’ve got 30+ brews on tap. Their younger crowd and lively atmosphere are sure to rev you up before the first pitch.

416 Main St.  |  (832) 742-5683  |


The Hard Rock Cafe

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This rock ‘n roll-themed Theatre District eatery is offering limited-time seasonal specials Halloween lovers will enjoy. The Evil Eye Cocktail (spiced and white rum, muddled fruits, angostura bitters) and Trick or Heat Burger will have you warmed up and ready to cheer on the ‘Stros. 

502 Texas Ave.  |  (713) 227-1392  |


The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation

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One of the most storied restaurants in Houston, this east-of-downtown Mexican food favorite has one of the city’s best margaritas, plus a free shuttle to and from Minute Maid Park. Get your fajita and ‘rita fix, then enjoy your courtesy ride to the ballgame.

2704 Navigation Blvd.  |  (713) 228-1175  |

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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