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Houston's Restaurant Review: Houston’s used to be one of those reliable neighborhood chain restaurants that served a good burger or grilled chicken at affordable prices. These days, those prices can no longer be considered moderate or affordable, since even a chicken salad is almost $20, and a cheeseburger will set you back 16 bucks. And the steaks? The rib-eye is $34. The food is always good, but with so much competition on busy St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District, you may find a better dollar value just steps away. Still, the place does a nice job for what it offers. Seconds after you've entered the large, split-level dining room, with its fern-bar feel, a perky server will appear. In a few minutes you might be digging into a thick, creamy spinach-and-artichoke dip or munching on a juicy double-cut pork chop. Hickory-grilled burgers are a cut or two above average, as are the chili, iron-skillet beans, and banana cream pie with caramel and chocolate. Pricey or not, you'll still have to cool your heels until a beeper on your belt signals that your table is ready. Also located in Metairie, 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 504-889-2301.