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Where To Eat Before Watching the Houston Astros Play at Minute Maid Park

Some really great restaurants are just a short distance away from the Park.

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Go ‘Stros.
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There’s no better team in the American League West than the Houston Astros right now, and despite the heat, there’s no better time than the present to take in a game at Minute Maid Park.

And of course, eating peanuts and hot dogs while drinking beer is a time-honored baseball game tradition. But sometimes, greasy stadium fare just doesn’t quite fit the bill. These Houston restaurants are all just a stone’s throw away from Minute Maid Park, making them great destinations before — and after — the game.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Biggio's

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1777 Walker St
Houston, TX
(713) 654-1777
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Paying homage to revered ‘Stros legend Craig Biggio, this sleek sports bar sits inside the recently minted Marriott Marquis hotel. Biggio’s offers upscale bar nosh and excellent service but the real highlight (in addition to proximity to Minute Maid Park) is watching sporting events on the thirty foot high televisions. We recommend digging into the juicy house smoked brisket street tacos, crispy chicken and waffles or finger-lickin' good mango habanero wings.

2. The Grove

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1611 Lamar St
Houston, TX
(713) 337-7321
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Located in the epicenter of Discovery Green Park, The Grove is the perfect place to grab a bite or cocktail before any game. Bite into a dripping five year aged cheddar burger or rice bowl served with marinated beef, Szechuan chile oil and topped with a fried egg. Arriving before 7 p.m. ensures a great happy hour with $4 well drinks and snacks under $10.

3. Phoenicia Specialty Foods

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1001 Austin St
Houston, TX
(832) 360-2222
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A bar, café and grocery store all rolled into one, self proclaimed “global gastropub” MKT Bar is within walking distance of both Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park. In addition to the enormous variety of fare, the bohemian pub showcases entertainment almost every night from live musical performances to readings and everything in between. Sip on a local craft beer or Turkish coffee and settle into a plate of citrusy ceviche, curried vegetable pot pie with a flaky crust, or roasted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

4. Xochi

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1777 Walker St Ste A
Houston, TX
(713) 521-2239
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Another Marriott Marquis resto, Xochi reprises the flavors of contemporary Mexican cuisine of Hugo’s and Caracol fame. Bite into chiles rellenos, chilaquiles, ceviches, house-made Mexican chocolate desserts and truly flavorful margaritas before catching a game.

5. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX
(713) 228-1175
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Since the early days of ball playing, Houstonians have frequented the original Ninfa’s for legendary margaritas, soft homemade flour tortillas and mounds of tender marinated beef, and present day is no different.

6. Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

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1510 Texas St
Houston, TX
(713) 228-1111
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It is undisputed fact that steak and sports go mano en mano. Vic & Anthony’s modern interpretation of the classic steakhouse forges new signatures on traditional dishes. Alongside basics like a dry-aged strips, porterhouses and rib-eyes, diners will find sexy dishes like Szechuan Pepper Crusted Tuna and Foie Gras Torchon with Pop Rocks.

7. Jackson Street BBQ

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209 Jackson St
Houston, TX
(713) 224-2400
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Gear up for basketball, baseball and any other ball with endlessly tender brisket, sweet and smoky ribs, creamy mac and cheese and tender collard greens. There will undoubtedly be a long wait on days the Astros play, but well worth it.

8. Irma's Southwest Grill

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1314 Texas St
Houston, TX
(713) 247-9651
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The crowd has been flocking to Irma’s for over seventeen years, whether its a game day or not. The menu-less restaurant serves up delicious south of the border cuisine like carne guisada, chile relleno, and nilgai tamales sure to satisfy before any sporting event.

1. Biggio's

1777 Walker St, Houston, TX

Paying homage to revered ‘Stros legend Craig Biggio, this sleek sports bar sits inside the recently minted Marriott Marquis hotel. Biggio’s offers upscale bar nosh and excellent service but the real highlight (in addition to proximity to Minute Maid Park) is watching sporting events on the thirty foot high televisions. We recommend digging into the juicy house smoked brisket street tacos, crispy chicken and waffles or finger-lickin' good mango habanero wings.

1777 Walker St
Houston, TX

2. The Grove

1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX

Located in the epicenter of Discovery Green Park, The Grove is the perfect place to grab a bite or cocktail before any game. Bite into a dripping five year aged cheddar burger or rice bowl served with marinated beef, Szechuan chile oil and topped with a fried egg. Arriving before 7 p.m. ensures a great happy hour with $4 well drinks and snacks under $10.

1611 Lamar St
Houston, TX

3. Phoenicia Specialty Foods

1001 Austin St, Houston, TX

A bar, café and grocery store all rolled into one, self proclaimed “global gastropub” MKT Bar is within walking distance of both Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park. In addition to the enormous variety of fare, the bohemian pub showcases entertainment almost every night from live musical performances to readings and everything in between. Sip on a local craft beer or Turkish coffee and settle into a plate of citrusy ceviche, curried vegetable pot pie with a flaky crust, or roasted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

1001 Austin St
Houston, TX

4. Xochi

1777 Walker St Ste A, Houston, TX

Another Marriott Marquis resto, Xochi reprises the flavors of contemporary Mexican cuisine of Hugo’s and Caracol fame. Bite into chiles rellenos, chilaquiles, ceviches, house-made Mexican chocolate desserts and truly flavorful margaritas before catching a game.

1777 Walker St Ste A
Houston, TX

5. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX

Since the early days of ball playing, Houstonians have frequented the original Ninfa’s for legendary margaritas, soft homemade flour tortillas and mounds of tender marinated beef, and present day is no different.

2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX

6. Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St, Houston, TX

It is undisputed fact that steak and sports go mano en mano. Vic & Anthony’s modern interpretation of the classic steakhouse forges new signatures on traditional dishes. Alongside basics like a dry-aged strips, porterhouses and rib-eyes, diners will find sexy dishes like Szechuan Pepper Crusted Tuna and Foie Gras Torchon with Pop Rocks.

1510 Texas St
Houston, TX

7. Jackson Street BBQ

209 Jackson St, Houston, TX

Gear up for basketball, baseball and any other ball with endlessly tender brisket, sweet and smoky ribs, creamy mac and cheese and tender collard greens. There will undoubtedly be a long wait on days the Astros play, but well worth it.

209 Jackson St
Houston, TX

8. Irma's Southwest Grill

1314 Texas St, Houston, TX

The crowd has been flocking to Irma’s for over seventeen years, whether its a game day or not. The menu-less restaurant serves up delicious south of the border cuisine like carne guisada, chile relleno, and nilgai tamales sure to satisfy before any sporting event.

1314 Texas St
Houston, TX

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