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I will be in Houston for a couple of days on a business trip, I was hoping for some pointers on some good pet stores to go check out. I've a rental car so traveling is not a problem. Tips on good places to eat are welcome too! Should be there July 9-12. Want to try out some "bbq" even though you guys think bbq is beef brisket instead of pork like its supposed to be =D.
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I don't know Houston, but if you go through Ft Worth, hit up Cousins BBQ, Mexico Real on I-20, and Joe T. Garcia's at the Ft Worth Stockyards for me.

Just don't tell me about going, cuz right about now I want someone to ship me some...





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Thanks for the advice! I will be flying in but will have a rental car so I may go check it out, not sure how far it'll be though, looked like about an hour or so away on the map, but Texas is huge so it could possibly be further away.
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It's been about 10 years since I lived out there, but I think it was more along 3-4 hours?

Depending on how long you're going to be there, the Ft Worth stockyards might be worth the road trip, though. Entirely different climate and atmosphere than Houston. Houston is hot and humid, vs Ft Worth dry and arid- definitely more stereotypically "western."

But if you're limited with options for road trips, I'd pick San Antonio over Ft Worth.

Skip Galveston beach. It's disgusting.





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As a Texan it pains me to say this, the best BBQ isn't in Texas, it is in Arkansas--Whole Hog BBQ. I'd crawl over broken glass to get back there. Want tasty food in Houston? Try Chuy's for tex-mex or Pappadeux for seafood.

If you're planning on spending "a few days" in Houston you're not going to have time to hit Dallas/FtWorth. It's easily a four hour trip, longer if you are trying to get to the other side of town.

In Houston, want to see nifty stuff? Go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. The natural science museum has a decent sized parking garage so parking shouldn't be an issue. Both museums have fabulous collections. When my wife and I hit Houston we can usually only do one museum per day and still don't see everything.

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Any good fish stores??
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Is Aquarium world still around? I see they still have a web site: http://www.aquariumworld.net/profile.htm They were pretty big when I was there.

Normal Store Hours
11:00 am -- 8:00 pm Monday-Friday
10:00 am -- 8:00 pm Saturday
12 Noon -- 6:00 pm Sunday

13157 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040 (713) 329-9989


Also, there's a Fish Gallery in Houston but I've never been.

Happy tripping!

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Thanks for the tip! I will give them a call and see if they are still open. We don't have many stores here that aren't one of the big P petstores. There is a mom and pop store next town over from me but I don't like the owner or his employees and haven't been back there in almost six years.

I've two stores on my list so far:

There is an ADA retail store.
3520 S Sam Houston Pkwy E, suite 100, Houston, Texas 77047 (saw this in another thread)

Aquarium world
13157 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040

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My trip is set for Houston in a couple days, still looking for advice on places to go eat, see and shop! All advice is welcome!
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You will have to check out Aquarium Design Group. They used to be the other ADA distributor in the states. They have an incredible showroom and are very planted aquarium specific. I have attached a PDF file with a list of aquarium stores in Texas. It has all the contact info for the stores, and you can find the ones in Houston. I'm not sure how the formatting will work out when I changed it from Excel to PDF.

Also, here are some good BBQ joints in Houston:
Gatlins BBQ 1221 W. 19th, 713-869-4227. Open Tue–Sat 11–7 or till meat runs out. gatlinsbbq.com

Virgies BBQ 5535 N. Gessner, 713-466-6525. Open Tue 11–2, Wed–Fri 11–6:30, Sat 11–5:30. virgiesbbq.com

Leon's World Famous BBQ in Galveston 5427 Broadway, 409-744-0070. Open Mon–Thur 9:30–7:30, Fri & Sat 9:30–8:30, Sun 11–7:30. leonsbbq.com

The Kema Boardwalk is a fun tourist location. www.kemahboardwalk.com

There is also the Houston Aquarium http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/d...uariumhouston/

Also, Houston has some pretty good seafood. If your inclined check out:
Trulucks 5350 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77056
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The Cajun Stop on 2130 Jefferson St. Houston, TX 77003
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Ragin Cajun on 4302 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77027
Are both good if you want to try some Canjun food.

If your coming to Texas you also need to have some Mexican food or Tex-Mex depending on who is talking about it. Do not get hung up on the exact description as all of it is good. Here are two I like:
Ninfas 2704 Navigation Blvd Houston, TX 77003
La Gadulupana Cafe 2109 Dunlavy St Houston, TX 77006

As you mentioned Texas is large and Dallas/ Fort Worth 4hr drive/ Austin 2-1/2hr drive or San Antonio 3hr drive are probably too far away for a two day trip. However, there is lots to do and see around Houston. Just be prepared for the humidity, the mosquitoes, and get ready to drive FAST!! The museums and other suggestions are all good ideas too.

Good luck with your business part of the trip, and I hope you enjoy Texas.
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Flying out in the morning, thanks for the advice guys!! I will try and hit up as many petstores as possible. Also great advice on Mexican or tex-mex food, I am gonna have some for sure.
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Made it to Texas!! I am in West Houston, seems like the stores I want to go to are on the opposite side of town from me and from each other =\

Trying to plan out which stores I want to go to first, hopefully one will be close to a good place for dinner!
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Luckily for you it's only 90 today, this may be the nicest store in town and it's on the west side

http://www.thefishgallery.com/Houston
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Awesome thanks for the advice! I just stopped by The Fish Gallery and it was really nice! Ended up buying some driftwood and a plant.
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What do you think about Houston prices, good, bad or about the same as your home?
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