Houston Bucket List -- 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: I'm on Top of the World

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Peeking out from behind a building is one of the best date spots in Houston.
The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to Houston -- or items to which Houston provides a unique twist -- and everything on the list must be in or occur within 30 miles of downtown Houston (so, nothing from Galveston, for example). We welcome your suggestions in the comment section.

It's not always easy to find a good place to take a date no matter where you live. In a big city like Houston, there are a million options for a romantic evening, and everyone's tastes are different. In this, our eighth installment of the Houston Bucket List, I try to give you at least one show-stopping suggestion that should impress any date. And, just as importantly, it is utterly Houston in every way.

Have date night at Spindletop on top of the Hyatt Regency.

Eating at hotel restaurants may seem old fashioned, particularly one with the history of Spindletop, but some of the finest food in any city (nevermind some of the best bars) can be located inside some of its better hotels. The rotating restaurant on top of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston certainly qualifies. Since 1972, it has been serving up wonderful seafood and inspiring views of the skyline to Houstonians and guests from out of town.

The first thing to be concerned with at any restaurant is the food and Spindletop doesn't disappoint. Despite its age and the old-fashioned nature of a hotel eatery, they serve up remarkably fresh and interesting menu items. More importantly, you get to enjoy them while taking in some of the best views of the city. And because the room slowly rotates -- this is not an amusement park ride, so no worries about getting dizzy -- you'll get to take in 360 degrees of downtown Houston. There are plenty of wonderful things to do on date night, but an evening at Spindletop should be at the top of any Houstonian's list.

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Of course, the Sky Lobby at the I.M. Pei designed JP Morgan Chase Tower is a must, too.


Being relatively new to the Houston area I anxiously await each new posting so I can fill my calendar with new stuff to do and try. 

Being relatively insane I must once again point out that your list is one short. You know that right? You know that the post about the MetroRail only had 9 instead of the promised 10, right? And you totally intend to fix that by the end so that you end up with an even 100 instead of 99 which just makes me twitch, right? Just checkin'.

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