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I'm headed to Houston for a super-quick last minute trip and wondered if any Houstonians out there had some recs for eats, drinks, sees. I've got a pretty good short list so far, but always appreciate some native intel. Thanks y'all!

12 comments:

Myrtle said...

Check out Dak and Bop while you're there--Korean fried chicken and craft beers! And if you have time to shop, Myth & Symbol is a cute place with great owners.

ita darling. said...

The Houston food and Cocktail scene is a BOOM TOWN right now..I have been gone from several years overseas, but these are some high quality places that are owned by my friends or high on their Instagram feeds these days.. There is SO much to taste and discover, I love going back and visitng. A few of my favoritews are: Double Trouble for relaxed coffee or cocktails, Mala Sichuan has a new outpost in Montrose, Pax Americana is divine and always a treat! Or go for a Bahn Mi and a Vietnamese iced coffee at Thien An- classic Houston fare!

Check out the Shadow Project at the MFA (which happens to make locally made sculptural speakers by my friends at Steamboat Ampworks!)

Have fun, hope you blog about one of my favorite cities.

Anonymous said...

Dak and Bop is excellent food, but I wouldn't plan a visit on a short trip. Unfortunately, after multiple visits, the food still takes a long time to arrive after ordering. To the tune of nearly 2 hours one time... which is a shame.

I agree with the Double Trouble recommendation if you're along the rail line, but you'll have plenty of casual cocktail/beer bar options assuming you're staying inside the Loop.

My food recommendation, if you can squeeze in a reservation, would be Oxheart. Other than that, definitely try our Vietnamese food and, and yeah, our Tex Mex. Personally, I'd recommend Hugo's, Pico's, or Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen.

Makenzie said...

WELCOME TO HTOWN

Bars: Double Trouble, Honeymoon, Anvil, Pastry War, Captain Foxheart Bad News Bar

Cafes: Southside Espresso, Blacksmith, Tout Suite

Restaurants: Pax Americana, Provisions, Coltivare

Things to do: Saturday is Accordion Kings at Miller Outdoor Theater. Great local people watching! Also a cool dance performance at Discovery Green. Check out my friends blog (http://panchoandleftey.com/) for free events around town!

I love Houston so much - you will have a great time. I'd be happy to show you around town!

Anonymous said...

Coltivare in the Heights --food and drinks amazing. Also, The Grove at Discovery Green and of course, Ninfas on Navigation! Enjoy your quick visit to our city! It is wonderful here!

Anonymous said...

As a resident for 6 years

Moon Tower in the third ward. Beer garden with the Best Best hot dogs and burgers I'be ever had.

Or Brasil in Montrose.

Bars: Voodoo Queen in the third ward. Also if you are into real dive bars, Notsouh (houston backwards) in downtown. Totally illegal speakeasy and out of place in the gentrifying downtown. After closing there is the upstairs bar. Knock on the door and answer a couple questions.

If you are close to Rice University which is an oasis in the medical district, go to Black Hole Cafe and also Valhalla (grad student bar) on campus. Don't feed the squirrels...

Anonymous said...

If you want to go somewhere unique go to the Orange Show

If you want affordable cowboy boots, go to Texas Junk (open Fridays??). Hundreds of them for less then $100 usually.

If you want to go to a great outdoor bar with a great taco truck next door go to West Alabama Ice House

Anonymous said...

Hi lizzie, do you need a tour guide? There is so much to see here, but there are a few shining stars run by truly inspiring people that are not to be missed. I'm a green coffee buyer and am lucky enough to work with folks in the local food + drink scene that I think you would really dig. I was blown away by this city's candor when I moved here a few years ago. Shoot me an email at jlisetts@gmail.com and I'd be happy to show you around a bit. - Jamie Isetts

Lizzie said...

You guys, this is soooo great, if only I could stay for longer! I need to come back. Houston is Le BOMB! LOVE IT SO MUCH!

ita darling. said...

AHHH! So glad you had a agood trip! I totally forgot to tell you to check out Stash Co.. The coolest retail space and hand made leather bags.. You should check Cheryl (Stash) out here
http://stashco.myshopify.com/collections/bags

Can't wait to see th Houston post! Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Wish I had seen this sooner..next time you come, check out "Space" in Montrose, Grand Prize Bar off Banks, Local ( food) in Rice Village and Cafe Brasil....

Liz said...

I just saw your guide to Houston over on The Reed and it's wonderfully on point. Next time you're in town, drop by my lovely alma mater Rice and check out the James Turrell skyspace!