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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangowolf View Post
    GoodJoob txags92. Leave it to an aggie to help out. I'm class of '87 myself.

    SciGuy I grew up in Dallas and have lived here in Houston for 23 years. Houston is a nice place to live. There are some things to be aware of. There are no real zoning laws in Houston. If you buy a house make sure there are no empty lots around the house, you have no idea what can be built there. The best house search engine is har.com http://har.com/ The top three school districts are Katy, CyFair and probaly Kingwood/Humble. My better half works in the Energy corridor. She leaves at 6 AM and it takes her 20 minutes to get there from Jersey Village. If she can get flexible hours it can help with the drives. Tons of good restraunts, that I'm an expert on lol... If you need help with something or an area yell.
    thanks.
    we're currently using har.com to find a privately owned townhouse/condo instead of getting a regular apartment. house buying will come in a year or two.

    we definitely will be wondering where the good restaurants are - not chain place, the awesome independent places you see on travel channel and food network. that's our kind of stuff. the more hole in the wall, the better!

    i have also decided to take a year of teaching since moving dates didn't line up with school start dates, and i'm going to use the opportunity to try to find some IT job or something similar to that in the local area - not sure i want to commute downtown, especially by bike from the energy corridor area.

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    I can start you out with a few on the west side
    The Shack 16602 Cypress Rosehill Rd, Cypress, TX Burgers stuff like two grill cheese sandwhiches with a burger in the middle, Garlic cheddar chilli brisket fries, etc
    Cafe Pita (Bosnian) 10890 Westheimer Rd
    Fadi's (Mediteranian) 12360 Westheimer
    Adriatic Cafe (Italian) 17402 Northwest Freeway Jersey Village
    Veneto Italian Pasta and Grill 8500 Hwy 6
    Los Cuco's (Mexican) 16216 Clay Rd, Houston (Several others around town)
    Natalita's (Mexican) TExas chicken enchilada and Stuff Alvacado's 17470 Norrthwest Fwy

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    aye! I have been using the bicycle function on google maps for a while - it was one of the first things i did when i knew for sure we were heading to houston.
    that square area to the right of GB park is where we will be living - someplace in there. can't wait to bike on there. is it all paved? and where are the best public parking spots since we may not live right near the park?
    If you zoom in on the map you can see the parking lots when it switches to street view. The easiest locations that are specifically for riders/walkers hwy6 and south of Memorial drive at the bridge/damn spillway. There is another one two blocks down at 6 and briar forest. There is a lot under beltway 8 south of Boheme, that part of the trail actually has a few inclines (won't say hills )

    That whole trail goes under the streets so you won't have to stop.

    It is all paved, but there are a bunch of dirt trails leading off that trail if you want to get dirty.

    If you are living that close to the park you can ride to get to the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangowolf View Post
    I can start you out with a few on the west side
    The Shack 16602 Cypress Rosehill Rd, Cypress, TX Burgers stuff like two grill cheese sandwhiches with a burger in the middle, Garlic cheddar chilli brisket fries, etc
    Cafe Pita (Bosnian) 10890 Westheimer Rd
    Fadi's (Mediteranian) 12360 Westheimer
    Adriatic Cafe (Italian) 17402 Northwest Freeway Jersey Village
    Veneto Italian Pasta and Grill 8500 Hwy 6
    Los Cuco's (Mexican) 16216 Clay Rd, Houston (Several others around town)
    Natalita's (Mexican) TExas chicken enchilada and Stuff Alvacado's 17470 Norrthwest Fwy
    AWESOME - i think i am going to be a frequent customer of The Shack. My cholesterol may complain, but who cares!

    my wife is a vegetarian. is she going to starve in texas?

    thanks for the info on the trails/parking. I seriously cannot wait to get down there.

    Oh I'll also need to know what are the best LBS?

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    I have personally used Northwest Cycles
    http://northwestcyclery.com/articles/northwest-pg76.htm
    and Bicycle World
    http://bicycleworldofhouston.com/

    for recumbents there's
    http://planetarycycles.com/


    Vegans can eat nacho's, salads, eggplant parmagian, quesadilla's cheese enchilada's she'll find stuff everywhere

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    She will be fine. If she likes Indian food, there are several good ones near the Energy Corridor and they always have a lot of vegetarian dishes. Most of the tex-mex restaurants have vegetarian dishes on the menu as well. As for getting to the trail, if you are living north of westheimer between BW8 and Hwy6, you should be able to ride to the trail along a road with a marked bike path or on a sidewalk. Otherwise, I would park in one of the lots mentioned along Hwy6 and go west from there through George Bush Park. The previous post stated the trail goes another 4 miles west of Hwy 6. That is incorrect. There is a short stretch where you travel on a paved, but very quiet road south from the Constable's Annex, to get to the rest of the trail, but starting at Hwy 6, you can go about 12 miles one way to Fry Road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangowolf View Post

    Vegans can eat nacho's, salads, eggplant parmagian, quesadilla's cheese enchilada's she'll find stuff everywhere
    Vegans don't eat cheese, but he didn't say "Vegan" either. Anyway, there's lots of food choices around. For quick food, Subway. Some of them have a veggie patty, some don't, figure out which ones do, and it increases the choices.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    yeah she isn't vegan, just vegetarian. we love indian food, and we love real mexican food as well. as well as thai. i know we'll be fine, it's just nice to know some places to check out ahead of time before we get there and go "so...uh...where should we go to eat?" "uh...no clue."

    loving that we'll probably be able to bike to the MUP.

    which of the main east/west roads (westheimer, briarforest, memorial, richmond) and the north/south (wilcrest, kirkwood, dairy ashford) have shared lanes or bike lanes? very hard to tell from google maps.
    I noticed there appeared to be parking at the mall on HW6/addicks howell, and from there you can hop on a path at GB park that leads up to the bayou paths. (is it a sketchy mall?)

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    Briar Forest has a lane, and further north, Westview is a good option. Stay off Westheimer. Richmond might be OK. I don't know much about the N-S roads.

    Take some time learning back roads and where you can get through the subdivisions. A good ride is to work your way south (not many bike lanes, but you can get through) to the Braes Bayou Trail at Gessner, then ride that east past the medical center & then you can take the Columbia tap north to downtown. Eat at Green Seed Cafe, 4320 Almeda. Once you are downtown you can ride trails west all back to the West Loop, then north on Post Oak to Westview and back west closer to where you live. That's about 40 miles, maybe you'd want to break it up. I'd be happy to show you around the paths and places inside loop I-10, but I don't know much about the west side. Send me a message, I enjoy being a tour guide.

    You'll love Houston. Let it cool off a little bit and you can ride all "winter" long.

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    Oh wow I didn't list our Thai place. I LOVE curry and go once a week to

    Esarn Thai 9561 Jones Rd Houston

    My dish is the Yellow curry, ginger, chicken and potatoes as hot as they will make it
    They have a peanut butter tasting curry as well as red and green, They will mix and match any ingredients with any sauce if you ask them

    There are a few Indian places around and while the taste has been okay they will not spice up the dishes, so I can't recommend one yet

    The big roads there are not real bike friendly and those are some of the busiest roads in Houston. Kirkwood has a bike lane, I don't think the other N/S roads do. Back streets would be the way to go, you'll have to map out a route. When you see the traffic you'll know why everyone takes the back roads, but you can usually find a way.

    Hey Txaggs the extra 4 miles was from where I stopped on my ride. I stopped at the second bridge on the way to Fry, I was showing that you can get 40 miles in from the beltway to Fry with one pass in each direction and there are a couple of other options at the tail end of GBush park. IF you go through the soccer fields and a quarter mile on westheimer parkway there is another trail into Cinco Ranch. That would be a good way to get to the trails if you find something out there. I can't remember where the trails hit Fry ( I think its Fry and Highland Knolls)

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    Looks like we landed a nice apartment in the Meadowglen/Walnut Bend area. Hopefully it's nice there. We're moving sight unseen. Fingers crossed.

    What are the cable/internet companies I will be dealing with? Comcast? Charter? Time Warner?
    And how about the electric company?
    Thankfully water is covered by the owner.

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    The cable company is probably Comcast. The others are not in Houston. You choose your electricity supplier. Go to this website to see what suppliers you can choose from: http://powertochoose.com/

    Enjoy the move to Houston. Lot's bicyclists out your way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    Many people say, that the worst thing about Texas is Texans. They are wrong. And mean spirited. The worst thing about Texas is Houston.
    Actually the worst thing about Texas is Dallas/Fort Worth, so he's in okay shape.(IE:not moving there),,,,BD

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    thanks.
    we're currently using har.com to find a privately owned townhouse/condo instead of getting a regular apartment. house buying will come in a year or two.

    we definitely will be wondering where the good restaurants are - not chain place, the awesome independent places you see on travel channel and food network. that's our kind of stuff. the more hole in the wall, the better!

    i have also decided to take a year of teaching since moving dates didn't line up with school start dates, and i'm going to use the opportunity to try to find some IT job or something similar to that in the local area - not sure i want to commute downtown, especially by bike from the energy corridor area.
    Hit Lankfords (central/montrose) on Wednesday, for AWESOME enchiladas! Definitely not vegetarian, though. Not. at. all!,,,,BD

    No one even mentions them here, but WOW are they good. Had them this last week! Bring cash! No CC machine.

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/8/113426...Market-Houston

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    was looking up recycling in houston and was very disappointed. we're in a complex so obviously no curbside pickup, but for a city its size, there is an absolutely pathetic number of public recycling drop off centers.
    i just don't understand how, at this day in age, recycling isn't ubiquitous. even every apartment complex should have large bins for all different things.
    at the very least there should be at least 10 times as many drop-off centers as there currently are in the city.

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    Sounds like an opportunity for you! Talk to the apartment management, tell them how well you've seen the plans work in other places. You can lead the change!

    There are quite a few newspaper & cardboard drop off places around my neighborhood. Not full-blown recycling centers, but convenient nonetheless. There's one at my church and at the library. They are yellow and green, perhaps you'll find one near you?

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    We have a recycling bin as big as our trash bin? City of Houston picks it up, usually the same day as the trash?,,,,BD

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    Yes the recycling is usually done by the trash pickup company one day a week. It's kind of automatic and they might not have thought to mention it. Most of the complexes I've seen have bins labeled for recycling.

    Looks like you will be able to ride up Blue willow drive to get to the start of Terry Hershey at the beltway. Thats the part of the trial with the most ups and downs (won't say hills).

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    well i haven't talked to anyone at the complex yet so i don't know if there are bins for recyclables. in my past experience most complexes don't. but all the more awesome if they do!

    i'm also going to need a run down of nice public golf courses in the area

    better grocery store: Kroger or HEB. we have kroger here, but never heard of HEB before. i know we'll be going to whole foods a lot but we need a full fledged grocery store as well.

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    They're about even, depending on location. I would imagine that out there in the wide open spaces, they both would be pretty decent. We definitely have good cheap produce down here. And no tax on food unless it's prepared food. Best of all, no state income tax.,,,,BD

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    Oh my friend, are you ever in luck with Indian food. Go to the intersection of Hillcroft and US 59 and pick one. Endless strip malls filled with authentic, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. In particular, Shri Balaji Bhavan has fantastic vegetarian South Indian food. People line up on the weekend for the dosa. More high end is Pondicherry, off Kirby north of 59. Haven't eaten there yet, but it's supposed to be very good. Also on Kirby is Madras Pavillion, which attracts not only Indian and Texas Caucasian diners, but Orthodox Jews as well (?).

    For "asian" food - hit Bellaire west of Beltway 8. Again, miles of strip malls packed with Chinese, Thai, Korean, Malaysian, etc.... I like Tofu Village (Korean), and Banana Leaf (Malaysian and more) is supposed to be very good.

    In midtown Houston proper there are remnants of "Vietnamese town" - Mai's is famous (and was on Anthony Bourdain's show) and open 24 hours. Kim Tai (despite the name) is a tiny little diner with very good Vietmamese eggrolls and Pho.

    Up on Long Point (runs north of and parallel to I-10) there is a BYO place called Veng Tai - excellent Thai food. Next to it is a fantastic Mexican place, El Hidalguense, that has BBQ goat on the weekend. Both of these places look scary as heck, do not be dissuaded.

    Speaking of Mexican... Do you want TexMex or full on "real" Mex? Take your pick. For tex mex, I love Teotihuacan on Airline in the Heights. Haven't tried, but La Fisheria off Shepherd south of I-10 is supposed to be awesome Mexican. One of the best Mexican restaurants in the entire country is Hugo's on Westheimer. More "fine dining" but it is worth every penny. Supposedly their Sunday brunch is spectacular. And don't overlook the taco trucks. There are gems out there (the one that parks on Alabama across from the West Alabama Ice House is a city favorite).

    So I could go on, but I won't..... you'll find your favorites soon enough. Houston's not so bad. Once you get through the summer, it's pretty nice here.

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    Teotihuacan doesn't impress me that much, unfortunately. My brother loved it when he lived in the area, but the only time I ever ended up there was with him, and I never purposely went back on my own. I do like Andy's on 11th. I hadn't eaten there in about three years, since I lived in Louisiana. I went back Sunday night before meeting my S/O after work. Yep, it was just as good as it was. They have been open 24 hours a day for 25-30 years, family owned for the entire time.

    La Jaliscience was also one of my favorite places ever, but sadly the owners were divorced and the ex wife got the restaurant. Decades of local Houston and Texas memorabilia adorning the walls was done away with, and it was given a completely atmosphere lacking makeover, that looked like it was painted by dropping a hand grenade into a tub of paint. Monotone hell, for lack of a better description. Frida Kahlo paintings on the wall, lit by halogen bulbs. A shadow of it's former self. Now gone, turned into yet another restaurant which I have never been to.

    Last Concert Cafe is another of my hole in the wall favorites, if it still exists? I haven't been there in 3-4 years. Hard to get to, and street parking only. Mostly a late night music
    venue, with a Mexican restaurant in the front. Good food though.

    You will probably hear about Spanish Flower(s) in the same general area as Andy's and Teotihuacan. It was okay I guess, but french fries with fajitas the last time I went was confusing at best, lol. That was years ago though, maybe they have improved?

    La Carreta on 20th was pretty good, and I used to live within a minute walk of their front door years ago. They're still there, so must still be pretty decent.

    Oh well, mostly all I can remember for now. I usually end up at Andy's, or Lankfords if I happen to be in the neighborhood on Wednesday.

    Chinese food? Hunan Village on South Shepherd. Small parking lot, and not quite the atmosphere they had in their old location on Westheimer, which looked like an old pogoda, and dim lighting with lots of red velvet drapes, but the food is awesome, or was the last time I went. If I am going out to eat Chinese food at a sit down restaurant, I usually go nowhere else. They have been around forever (25+ years), in the old, and now "new" location. They also have Vegetarian dishes, so a good match for both of you.,,,,BD

    http://hunanvillagehouston.com/
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    Oh, I like Andy's too, but I liked them a lot less when they started using frozen instead of fresh hamburger patties. Betrayal!

    In regards to recycling, the city is in the process of switching everyone to the full-size single-stream green bins that get picked up biweekly. Not every neighborhood has them yet, however.

    As for cable, if you can avoid Comcast - do so! They were awful after Ike - never fixed our internet connection and repeatedly lied/gave us the runaround. I even filed an FCC report on them. Our neighborhood is now wired for AT&T U-verse, and that's been great.

    In general, HEB kicks Kroger's butt. On an individual basis, it depends on the quality of store nearest you. The big "market concept" HEBs (Buffalo Speedway, Dunlavy, the one between 610 and 8 on I-10) are fantastic. If you didn't know, HEB is the parent company of Central Market, which is a Whole Foods competitor. Central Market stuff is also sold in the better HEB stores.

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    sweet info! we are close to a spot on Westheimer where there is a Whole Foods, HEB, and Kroger all within a few miles of each other. Will be nice to have those options.

    I'm familiar with Comcast - had them for 3 years when I lived in DC, and 2 years here in TN. Hated them. Expensive, with little wiggle room for getting exactly what I want. I guess it will depend on what my complex is contracted with.

    Thank you for all the restaurant suggestions!!

    We're FINALLY moving at the end of next week. Packing sucks. Can't wait to go!

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    Where at on Westheimer? Close to downtown, or way out near the Transco Tower??,,,,BD

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