Address: 901 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002
11am – 10pm, Sunday – Thursday
11am – 11pm, Friday – Saturday
Cost: Reasonable for a sit down restaurant. Even better with a coupon or deal.
Appropriate Age: Any age
Spaghetti Warehouse is a small Dallas-based chain with one location in Houston. It is also housed in the most haunted building in downtown Houston.
The building was originally the Desel-Boettcher warehouse, built in the early 1900s, and was bought by the Spaghetti Warehouse in 1974. I am a wimp when it comes to all things scary, but I thought we should go check out what all the talk was about. Plus, I had a coupon. (Saving money makes me more brave.)
The restaurant is in a neat old building with brick walls and lots of character. Apparently most of the spirit encounters have been on the second floor, which is open only for parties. Curious diners can go to the check it out, but we did NOT.
In fact, if I had known ahead of time that there are tales of a “man” shuffling around the men’s bathroom, I would have not have taken my kids next door to the women’s restroom. (By the way, it was clean and appears to be spirit free.)
I am happy to report that all reported spirit encounters have been “nice” and that we had no encounters of our own. If you would like to learn more about the haunted building, go HERE. or check out this book on Ghosthunting Texas.
Parking in the lot next door is free after 5:00 on weekdays and all day on weekends. Other times you can park on the street and pay the meter, or you can park in the lot for $5.
We went at 3:30 on a weekday, and there were a few others dining. By the time we left at 4:30, the place was full with the downtown office crowd. The staff at Spaghetti Warehouses was very nice and did everything they could to welcome the kids.
The warm bread came quickly. My kids gobbled up one loaf and the waiter brought us another. It was served with a garlic butter that my kids and I both liked. Next came our salad and applesauce.
I was happy that the salad was made with Romain lettuce. The soup is probably a little more exciting than the little salad, but I try not to turn down leafy greens when offered. (I feel that this salad entitles me to extra chocolate chip cookies.)
My kids ate and ate and ate the noodles in their dish, but hardly made a dent. One dinner is plenty for 2 little kids. Brooke had sauce from ear to ear, but, well, so did I.
If you order a kids meal, you can pick out a candy stick after the meal. Without this meal, you can buy one for $0.25. I may or may not have bribed my kids with this during the entire meal. Once they were good for the entire meal, they when to pick out their candy.