Sometimes you just don't want to eat ballpark or stadium food when attending a sporting event, and I don't blame you for not wanting to eat a mediocre hot dog piled with chili that will just make your heart burn by the middle of the game.
BBVA Compass Stadium and Minute Maid Park are quite close to one another, so I have created a Top 5 list of places to eat before either game. For any of these places, you can most certainly park your car in the lot at the stadium, then walk to the restaurant.
Here are five places you should catch a bite to eat before and after any game at Minute Maid Park or BBVA Compass Stadium when cheering on your Houston teams.
You definitely can't pass up Irma's Southwest Grill on game day for either the Astros or the Dynamo. It's super close to Minute Maid and it's not terribly far from BBVA Compass Stadium; not to mention it's open three hours before every Astros game for a Home Game Meal. Fill up on classic Mexican dishes such as fajitas, shrimp tacos, homemade pork tamales and Larry's Special, one cheese enchilada, one chicken enchilada and one beef enchilada covered in a chile ancho sauce. Wash it all down with Irma's famous fresh-fruit bottomless lemonade and you're ready to suit up with your team.
If you're looking for a quick and casual bite, head over to The Lake House at Discovery Green for burgers, hot dogs, chicken and French fries. It's only three blocks away from Minute Maid Park and just on the other side of Highway 59 from BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Flying Saucer is a little bit further away from Minute Maid Park, but it's definitely a great place to grab a beer and a bite to eat before any game. Enjoy one of its many craft and specialty beers, and share a few appetizers such as the nachos grande with refried beans, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, tomatoes and chicken, or the potato tots filled with cheese and dipped in a habanero sour cream dip. You can also order hot wings, sandwiches or pizza to fill you up before you head on over to the game, whether at BBVA Compass Stadium or Minute Maid Park.
2. Hubcap Grill
Hubcap Grill is the place to grab a juicy and finger-licking burger before any sporting event. It's five blocks away from Minute Maid Park and totally worth the walk. You can't go wrong with the muffuletta burger topped with olive mix dressing, Swiss cheese and its special mayo sauce; the Sticky Burger with crunchy peanut butter, bacon and American cheese; or even just a regular cheeseburger. You'll definitely want to eat at the original downtown location before an Astros or Dynamo game, for sure.
Inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods, you and your friends can munch on appetizers and small bites while sipping on your choice of beer, wine or cocktails at MKT Bar. Sometimes there are game-day specials for both the Astros and the Dynamo. Share a plate of crispy plantain chips, or artisan meats and cheeses, or order up a pizza with a variety of artisan toppings, like the Squashed Pizza topped with roasted butternut squash, roasted garlic, blue cheese, walnuts and arugula. If you'd rather eat after the game, MKT Bar is the perfect place for that as well. Especially if you want something sweet, such as its signature Royal Cake of dark chocolate mousse sitting atop a crispy hazelnut crepe on top of a praline cake. Yeah, that sounds amazing.