Gini’s Yaps – Restaurants on the Road | Laurenzo’s – Houston, TX

Editor Note: Gini was traveling with her Mother-in-Law and has a new column for us entitled, Restaurants on the Road.

She will share her insights into the dining experiences they have on the road from Los Angeles to Atlanta.

I can’t wait to see what she has to say, as always it will be entertaining.

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Restaurants on the Road
By Gini Koch


Despite swearing that she never leaves the Manse, Gini’s on the road a lot, and she’s sending us down and dirty restaurant reviews from her latest trip.

Laurenzo’s, Houston, TX (
Type: Prime Rib/Italian/American
Price: $$$$ out of $$$$$
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

“THIS is what I mean when I ask for a local, non-chain, excellent restaurant.” Me, the moment we sat down and all the way through the meal.

We were only in Houston for one night. But if we’d been there for a week, I’d have had dinner at Laurenzo’s every night.

Not that my hotel made it easy to find.

My question – when traveling does everyone truly only want to eat at a place they could eat at back home? Because it started to feel that way, especially in Houston. I asked for a great, local steakhouse. And the staff looked at me blankly. They gave me a list of every, single, crappy chain restaurant within a ten-mile radius. I asked for something NOT a chain. And was asked why on earth I’d not want to eat at a chain. I gave up and turned to my phone and the internet. Which popped up Laurenzo’s as a great choice. (Thank you, Yelp.)

Laurenzo’s is an old-fashioned steakhouse. It reminded me a lot of Musso & Frank ( which is my favorite old-fashioned steakhouse in Los Angeles. This is high praise, because I adore Musso & Frank and I now adore Laurenzo’s, too.

It didn’t hurt that we’d had such an awful time at Saltgrass , but we could have had the best time ever there and Laurenzo’s would still have blown it away.

The Laurenzo family started out with and still have Italian restaurants. But they decided to branch out into the steakhouse side of food as well, with excellent results.

The restaurant is comfortable, well lit but not too bright, but not dark, either, “just right” in terms of lighting. The noise level is good – not silent, but not overly loud, “just right” again. The booths are comfortable, the bar is well stocked, the food is perfect, and the service is amazing. It’s everything you want when you’re going out to a nice dinner – attentive but not pushy, staff always there when you need them but not interfering in your dining experience, beverages refilled as needed. On the website the restaurant states that their goal is “Treat our guests like they would treat their Grandmother on the occasion of her 100th Birthday”. They succeed.

The menu is huge and the food was divine. We both had prime rib and both ate it all (sorry doggy back waiting for us at the hotel). The meal extras were perfect, any and all requests instantly handled.

If you’re in Houston, do not miss Laurenzo’s. I cannot wait to go back.

Definitely try: prime rib


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