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Dine Downtown: Underground Hall

One of the most unique dining experiences in Downtown Houston takes place below street level at Underground Hall. Descend the grand staircase (a la Rose in Titanic) and you’ll find yourself in food heaven — with five restaurants and two bars, this Downtown staple is perfect for feeding one’s desires any time of day.

Upon entering you’ll be greeted to your left by longtime Downtown favorite, Treacherous Leches. They’re best for visiting at the end of your meal, but trust us, you DO want to stop by before leaving (more on that later).

If it’s your first time visiting Underground Hall, we suggest trying a little bit of everything, starting with ceviche from Don Juan Tacos & Ceviche. The stand serves up a selection of raw seafood dishes, but our fav is the shrimp and octopus combo. If you’re more in the mood for something cooked, they have a variety of street taco classics to choose from.

Next head over to Wokker, the food truck turned restaurant, for a selection of pan-Asian foods with a Texan spin. For a main dish we’d recommend the pork belly fried rice — it’s the perfect combination of classic fried rice and melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, complete with a fried egg on top and their brisket egg rolls are ingenious (and delicious!).

For the main course, we’ve got two options based on your drink of choice — beer or wine.

Hotline Burger, a smashed burger concept from the chef-owner of Breaking Bao, cooks up some greasy goodness that’s best paired with a beer from the tap wall. You can’t go wrong with the burger or the patty melt, but make sure to order an extra hotline sauce on the side.

Crisp, the Heights-area pizzeria known for its unique, personal-sized pies, is slinging the dough underground this time, and we’re not mad about it. Choose from their list of pizza combinations or create your own, but pair this one with a glass from Underground Hall’s wine bar. Don’t forget, they also have $1 champagne shots during happy hour.

Round out your visit with a take-home treat from Treacherous Leches. They’ve got the classic tres leches available, but you can’t go wrong with the Reese’s peanut butter version or the red velvet. Trust us, you have room for this dessert.

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