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Have a yearning for the nautical life? Take a plunge into the deep at the Houston Downtown Aquarium. This aquarium is definitely the place to be for a fun day out. The aquarium features around 400 species of aquatic life, with the Shark Voyage being the main attraction. This voyage gives visitors the opportunity to travel via train into an acrylic viewing tunnel with live sharks swimming overhead. Other attractions include the Diving Bell Ferris wheel, the aquatic carousel and some themed educational exhibits. If you've had your fill of the aquatic life and need some grub then take a pick from the Aquarium Restaurant or Dive Lounge.
Looking for more variety in your evening meal? Go Spanish tonight! Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar serves up a wide variety of mini dishes, ranging from delightfully salt-cured fish, to roasted veggies and savory meatballs. The Albondigas Marroquis are wonderfully Moroccan-influenced meatballs with eggs, peas, and a dash of cumin. The Ensalada De Espinacas is a perfect mix of avocado, fresh baby greens, chickpeas, and veggies with a lime vinaigrette. Get a delicious Margarita or glass of Sangria at happy hour. It's an ideal spot for dinner before a show at The House of Blues next door. -Adam Rosen
As the Heights generally resembles a little Austin, Tacos A Go Go is a well-fitting entity. Overflowing with strong, rich colors and character, this finger food joint is turning heads. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack, their menu won't fail you. Get a delicious Chorizo taco for less than two bucks en route to work, or grab half a dozen for your co-workers. Stop in on the way home from work for an Al Pastor; The tangy and spicy marinated pork will easily tie you over until dinner. If it's dinner you want, order one of their taco plates. Don't forget the fresh Salsa Verde! -Adam Rosen
Mystical art adorns the walls of this health-nut paradise that has been taking care of Houston hearts for many years. Those with artistic spirits are particularly attracted to the somewhat Bohemian atmosphere. Outside dining on a shady deck is extremely popular in fair weather. A few unhealthy menu options are available such as a hefty hamburger—but vegetarian choices like the spinach and mushroom enchiladas are the true crowd-pleasing items. Even the desserts manage to be tempting without overwhelming the body with fat and calories.