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Posted by Frederick gosdenovich on 01/31/2013
To me, hillstone is the All &Done, meaning, everyone at Houston's takes ownership of their role from beginning to end and that's the best concept/ultimate ever for customer service. We've been coming to hillstone in coral gables for at least 10 or more years and every single time they never cease to amaze us with the consistent food quality and service every single day. By far my favorite food and dining with a world class staff.
Posted by Kendallsfood4thought on 07/05/2010
The food at Houstons does not resemble that of a chain restaurant. In fact, I never even knew that Houstons was a chain until very recently. My favorite thing on the menu (so good I’ve only ever ordered one other thing) is the Famous French Dip Au Jus. It is the most perfect thing that I have ever tasted. Slowly roasted prime rib, sliced thin and piled high on a house made french rolI I’m salivating now at the thought of it. It is served with a mug of hot and salty au jus for dipping, and a mountain of golden shoestring fries. If this sandwich is not served in heaven, then quite frankly, I don’t care to go. The only time I have ordered something other than the french dip, was because my boyfriend told me that I had to try something else on the menu to give the restaurant a more complete review. So I ordered the Thai Steak and Noodle Salad, which has your choice of marinated filet or rotisserie chicken with avocado, mango, and herbs in a Thai dressing. It was very good and flavorful, but obviously not quite as satisfying at the french dip. I have since then remained loyal to my favorite sandwich, and of course had it tonight! The other must have at Houstons is the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, which is served gooey and hot in a crock with a side of tortilla chips. Additionally, they give you homemade salsa and sour cream to enjoy the rest of your chips once the delicious dip is gone. If you go in a group and order this as an appetizer, be prepared for the awkward moment that will inevitably arise when the chip pile gets down to about 2 or 3 chips. This dip is so good that no one will just passively sit back as the last couple are eaten, so there will be an uncomfortable moment when 4 people reach for the last chip and the don’t back down to offer it to the other person. You might just have to flip a coin to decide who gets it… Also very good at Houstons are the Barbecue Pork Ribs and the House-made Veggie Burger. My roommate, who is a semi-vegetarian swears that this is the best Veggie Burger to be had and orders it as often as I order my french dip! On top of the great food, Houstons also has impeccable service. The wait staff is all very experienced and professional (aka no teenage, or even college student, waiters). You will never have an empty glass, no request is too much, and your food is always brought out piping hot!
Posted by Pantiabla on 08/04/2009
This place is good, but if you want my honest opinion, it's nowhere near worth what it charges.
Posted by Food Lover, Esq. on 06/06/2007
A chain restaurant, Houston's is located in the heart of Coral Gables. However you need to keep heart if you want to get inside. The lines are long and non-kid friendly. The atmoshpere is SOBE, but its in the burbs; a contradiction. If you go and make the line try the canadian bacon burger with cheddar and begin it with their sushi roll appetizer.