Hard Rock Café
Two decades ago, a Hard Rock Café was the coolest thing going. If you came back from London or New York, with a Hard Rock T-shirt you were too hip for words. That's not the case now, but it's still reassuring to know that a city is still considered top-notch in some circles if it has a Hard Rock. Houston's Hard Rock Café is next to Verizon Wireless Theater in downtown's Bayou Place, so it makes the perfect pre-show stop. Although each spot in the chain offers similar American casual cuisine, the Houston location includes several special exhibits. Make sure to check out a high school sketch by the legendary Jim Morrison and a velvet coat belonging to Keith Richards. It's not known for speedy service, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and a few cocktails before heading to see your favorite band.