Happy 177th Birthday, Houston: Ride the Light-Rail for Free All Weekend; Here's Where To Eat

Ride the METRO lines this weekend for FREE!
Ride the METRO lines this weekend for FREE!
Photo by stjnky

Houston turns 177 years old on Saturday, and METRO is celebrating by offering free rides on every light-rail and local bus starting Saturday and lasting through Labor Day on Monday. With the longer weekend more and more families are going to be out and about, so we are here to help you make the most of your free trips by telling you which restaurants to eat at on the light-rail. You don't have to worry about parking or having to go through the hassle of valet; spend a relaxing weekend downtown - it's Labor Day weekend after all.

Last year, Katharine Shilcutt put together a guide to dining on the light-rail, but here is an updated list of restaurants you can frequent this weekend. And we go a little further south than last year's guide.

Unfortunately, the meals aren't free, but be thankful for saving gas in your car and the $1.25 per ticket on each light-rail trip! We've organized it by stops on the light-rail for your convenience.


Spaghetti Warehouse, 901 Commerce St.


Barnaby's Cafe, 801 Congress St., Ste 175 Batanga, 908 Congress Line & Lariat, 220 Main St. Nit Noi Cafe, 301 Main St. Goro & Gun, 306 Main St. Mia Bella Trattoria, 320 Main St. Georgia's Market, 420 Main St. Cafe Express, 650 Main St. Niko Niko's 301 Milam St. Hubcap Grill, 1111 Prairie *17, 1117 Prairie Bistro Lancaster, 701 Texas Sambuca, 909 Texas Chipotle, 909 Texas Kobecue, 1001 Texas, Ste. 100 Irma's Southwest Grill, 1314 Texas Vic & Anthony's, 1510 Texas St. Seattle's Best Coffee, 202 Travis St., Ste 100 Macondo Latin Bistro, 208 Travis St. Hearsay Gastro Lounge, 218 Travis St. Market Square Bar & Grill, 311 Travis St. Treebeard's, 315 Travis St. Frank's Pizza, 417 Travis St. Gigi's Cupcakes, 600 Travis St. Maggie Rita's Mexican Grill, 600 Travis St., Level B1 Otto's Barbecue and Hamburgers, 600 Travis St.

Main St. Square

Phoenicia Specialty Foods, 1001 Austin St. Kolache Shoppe, 1001 Fannin St., Tunnel McCormick & Schmick's, 1201 Fannin St. Quattro, 1300 Lamar St. The Grove, 1611 Lamar St. Ziggy's Bar & Grill, 702 Main St. The Capitol at St. Germain, 705 Main St. Flying Saucer, 705 Main St. Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, 820 Main St. Bombay Pizza Co., 914 Main St. Gelato Blu, 914 Main St. Prince's Hamburgers, 930 Main St., Ste T240D Corner Bakery Cafe, 1000 Main St. Eats Mesquite Grill, 804 Milam St. Salata, 919 Milam St., Tunnel III Forks, 1201 San Jacinto St. Andalucia Tapas and Taverna, 1201 San Jacinto St. Guadalajara Del Centro, 1201 San Jacinto St. Mia Bella, 1201 San Jacinto St. The Blue Fish, 550 Texas Beck's Prime, 910 Travis St., Tunnel Original Smoothie Company, 910 Travis St. Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, 1000 Main St., Tunnel  

You can also ride any METRO bus for free this weekend.
You can also ride any METRO bus for free this weekend.
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The Express Grocery & Deli, 1619 Fannin St.

Downtown Transit Center

BlackFinn American Grille, 1910 Bagby St. Christian's Tailgate Bar-Grill, 2000 Bagby St. Majorca Bistro, 207 Gray St. Front Porch Pub, 217 Gray St. Coco's Crepes and Coffee, 218 Gray St. Cyclone Anaya's, 309 Gray St. The Fish, 309 Gray St. Double Cross Lounge, 114 W. Gray St. Pappas Bar-B-Q, 1217 Pierce St. Cafe Layal, 207 San Jacinto St.


Little Woodrow's, 2306 Brazos St. 13 Celsius, 3000 Caroline St. Celtic Gardens, 2300 Louisiana St. Kim Tai, 2602 Fannin St. Howl at the Moon, 612 Hadley St. Bar Munich, 2616 Louisiana St. Ibiza, 2450 Louisiana St. Gloria's, 2616 Main St. Nouveau Antique Art Bar, 2913 Main St. Mongoose Versus Cobra, 1011 McGowen Leon's Lounge, 1006 McGowen Les Givral's 2704 Milam St. Red Pier, 2704 Milam St. Khon's Wine Darts Coffee Art, 2808 Milam St. Pho Saigon, 2808 Milam St. Pub Fiction, 2303 Smith St. Spec's, 2410 Smith St. Community Bar, 2703 Smith St. Damian's Cucina Italiana, 3011 Smith St. Reef, 2600 Travis St.  

Don't you just love Houston?
Don't you just love Houston?
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Artisans, 3201 Louisiana St. Piola, 3201 Louisiana St. Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith St. Natachee's Supper 'n Punch, 3622 Main St. Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails, 3622#D Main St. Tacos a Go-Go, 3704 Main St. Julia's Bistro, 3722 Main St. Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, 3701 Travis St. The Breakfast Klub, 3711 Travis St.

Museum District

Lucille's, 5512 LaBranch St. Cafe Express, 5601 Main St. Monarch, 5701 Main St.

Hermann Park/Rice U

Bodegas Taco Shop and Tequila Bar, 1200 Binz Pinewood Cafe, 6104 Hermann Park Dr.


Trevisio, 6550 Bertner Ave. Miller's Cafe, 6560 Fannin St., Scurlock Tower Murphy's Deli, 6560 Fannin St., Scurlock Tower Chipotle, 6600 Fannin St. Original Smoothie Company, 6606 Fannin St.

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