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1972 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
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Roost is an unpretentious dining experience, set inside of walls that are paneled with old shutters, and with a menu that changes every three weeks. No two visits will be fully alike, and the cuisine is inspired by local, seasonal ingredients with...
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3000 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098, USA
There’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than at a farmers market, where the region's bounty takes center stage. At the Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market, you’ll find local vegetables, fruits, dairy products, farm...
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2800 Kirby Dr B132, Houston, TX 77098, USA
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In a city like Houston, which is bursting with international flavor, it’s not difficult to find fantastic Indian food. But Anita Jaisinghani, who formerly owned the beloved Indika, serves up the best of the best with Pondicheri. The menu...
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3601, 3601, 2009 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
Built in 1939, this is Houston's oldest continually operating movie theater, showing lots of independent and foreign films, as well as monthly midnight showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Room. Try to get tickets for a showing in the...
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1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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The Menil Collection—so named because the works once belonged to philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil—is perhaps the most famous museum in Houston. The main collection alone features works by titans like Vincent van Gogh,...
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1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Underbelly, still under the same management and led by the same chef, is now called Southern Smoke.

Chef Chris Shepherd has described Houston as, "the most secretive and dynamic culinary destination in the country," and he incorporates that belief...
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2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston, TX 77005, USA
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You can feel the energy of this place just by walking in the door: the decor and design speak for its commitment to simple, clean, and fresh. Then, you take a look at the menu. Local Foods has a gourmet selection of sandwiches, salads, and...
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2424 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098, USA
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Representing more internationally and nationally known design and lifestyle products than any other Houston store, Kuhl-Linscomb is a wonderland of art, jewelry, perfume, cosmetics, home decor, gifts, and everything beautiful. The massive space is...
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2305 West Alabama Street SteR2, Houston, TX 77098, USA
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Ruggles Green opened its doors in 2008 as Houston's first Certified Green Restaurant. Using only the best local and organic ingredients, Ruggles Green sources its ingredients from over 17 local Houston farms. The menu is expansive, with an array...
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6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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At Miller Outdoor Theatre, you can attend fantastic performances nearly every week during its eight-month season. All shows are totally free to the public, and events include dance and music festivals, classic movies, student showcases, and the...
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550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, USA
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If you're a sucker for chalkboards, simple design, local products, and good food and coffee, Revival Market is your place. Everything served at this café is homemade, from the flaky chocolate croissants and kolachs (fruit-filled pastries) to the...
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3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027, USA
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Ah, Tiny Boxwood's—this place is super relaxing. It's a bit tucked away, inside a plant nursery complex, but absolutely lovely once you find it. It's a great place to get brunch and a delicious lemonade.
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1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Houston is not only known for its incredible food—more specifically, it's known for its Tex-Mex. El Real's Perfect Margarita was recently named one of the ten best margaritas in Texas by Texas Monthly. It starts with a piece of paper and a golf...
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1018 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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If Blacksmith didn't have me at hello, they had me when I learned that they make their own almond milk, as well as all of their own syrups, in house. These days it's progressive for coffee shops to even have almond milk—but to make it from...
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1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Craft cocktails have been a thing for a while now, and Anvil Bar & Refuge, opened in 2009, was one of the first places to put Houston’s mixology scene on the map. Specializing in drinks that use local ingredients and house-made...
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1830 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098, USA
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Divino on West Alabama serves some great Italian food in a congenial atmosphere, and their staff is very knowledgeable about wine, with a selection to match!
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2712 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098, USA
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These days, it comes as no surprise that a London pub would serve curry and lassis alongside shepherd’s pie and ale—and we love that about London pubs. But an Indian-influenced, English-style pub in Houston, Texas? Now that’s a cultural melting...
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2604 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Before you hit the counter at Café Brasil, let us introduce you to some of Houston's cleanest ingredients. Local cheese artisans the Houston Dairymaids provide the cheese. Pizza dough, pastries, and breads are made in-house. And the eggs...
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2815 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098, USA
With its emphasis on Texas artists and artists who are inspired by Texas, the Moody Gallery brings a true sense of place to visitors. Photographs, sculptures, and installations from some of the region's best talent fill the halls of this small...
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1733 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098, USA
Though it may look simple on the outside, Westheimer Antiques Flea Market boasts a complex puzzle of antique treasures inside. There is a lot of furniture in great condition, and not an overwhelmingly large amount of collectable small items. The...
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3939 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77027, USA
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Pronounced "wee-zee's," Ouisie's is steeped in Southern heritage, and has foods with regional, American, and ethnic influences. For nearly 20 years now, Houstonians have been enjoying dishes like crispy fried Gulf Coast oysters, parmesan-crusted...
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3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Rothko Chapel is a must-see for anyone visiting Houston. Founded by philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Rothko Chapel is a tranquil and beautiful sanctuary for people of every belief, dedicated in 1971. Open every day.
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3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
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Yes, there might be a line. Yes, you need to go anyway. The Breakfast Klub is a Houston institution for good reason—you’ll find simple food, done right. Choose from classic breakfast dishes like French toast, omelettes, and...
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1658 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Set inside a 1920s renovated church, Mark's was voted as Houston's Most Romantic Restaurant. As beautiful as the ambiance is, with its hand-painted deco walls and golden ceiling, it is surpassed only by the food. Chef and owner Mark Cox prepares a...
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3403 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
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The best Vietnamese cuisine in Houston can be found at Mai's. The late night hours of 3 or 4 a.m. on the weekends allows ample time each day to make it in for a meal. Mai's is located in Midtown, or the 'Vietnam of Houston.' They offer only...
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5211 Kelvin Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA
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Open since the fall of 2013, Fellini serves authentic Italian-style coffee in a shop designed to resemble one of Italy's sidewalk cafes. They use Lavazza coffee beans to make elegant coffee drinks that you won't find other places. The cafe is...
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3701 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
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Top Chef alumna Monica Pope's motto, "Eat where your food lives," comes to life at Sparrow. The menu changes often to reflect the seasons and availability of local ingredients. Pope calls the food fresh, unpretentious, and full of flavor. You bet!...
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2414 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005, USA
PH Design Shop is a boutique in the West University area of Houston, filled with thoughtfully designed and handcrafted goods. It is SHOP + DESIGN: a brick-and-mortar store filled with fresh items to make unique gifts or decor for the home, as well...
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3622 Main St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Specializing in both coffee and booze, Double Trouble in Midtown Houston calls itself a one-stop shop for speeding up, or slowing down. The particularly pleasant baristas and bartenders serve locally roasted Greenway coffee, specialty cocktails,...
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5607 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA
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If you're looking for a really relaxed local bar, head to The Ginger Man on Morningside. This beer bar has been here for a really long time, and is a good place to find real Houstonians, especially Rice professors and students.
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2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
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The Eatsie Boys has long been considered one of Houston’s best food trucks thanks to the "gourmet grub" made with locally sourced, high-quality ingredients. These days it's holding down a daily residence at 8th Wonder Brewery, Monday...
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6 BLVD Place, 1800 Post Oak Blvd #6170, Houston, TX 77056, USA
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This is a fantastic high-end restaurant near the Galleria mall, housed in an elegant, modern building with an open but warm atmosphere. Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, RDG features a menu that is contemporary, with a great deal of...
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807 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
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The Pass and Provisions are two adjoining restaurants; The Pass is the more formal of the two. It's a realm of culinary experimentation that never fails. These are culinary geniuses at work. Provisions, on the other hand, is a place for families...
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1008 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
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Prohibition is the place to celebrate and indulge in Houston's speakeasy revival. The spot draws a unique, classy crowd with craft cocktails, a local menu, and special events. While the venue is charming and the food is delicious, be sure to come...
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2900 Weslayan St A, Houston, TX 77027, USA
There's plenty to like about Weslayan Café. It has a fierce determination to offer fresh ingredients; it serves a killer brunch; there's a cozy, homey ambience inside; the shelves are stocked with books; and the café will even make deliveries. But...
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6142 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057, USA
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Open all day every day, though mostly frequented late at night, House of Pies is the place to get something savory or sweet. With dozens of pies to choose from, you can understand how it got its name. The casual and local atmosphere can be a nice...
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3510 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77018, USA
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BBQ is serious business in Houston, as in the rest of Texas, and any local will have a strong opinion about where you can find the holy grail. Gatlin's, however, is a favorite among many. Fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, respectable brisket, pulled...
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5825 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057, USA
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When my coworker, who is Lebanese and lived in Houston, suggested Mary's for the best Lebanese food in town, I didn't doubt her for a second. It is a family-owned business that has held a good name during its many years in Houston. If you ever...
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4720 Washington Ave B, Houston, TX 77007, USA
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Max's Wine Dive asks, "Champagne and fried chicken? Why the hell not?!" which pretty much sums up their concept of pairing comfort foods with wine or champagne. This place gets packed at peak hours, yet the waiters stay attentive and friendly. If...
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3400 S Main St #292, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Diverseworks hosts all manners of visual, literary and performing arts. Every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., they host DWOW, which could feature a dance piece, improv comedy, puppet show, artist talk, jam session, or something else entirely -- you never...
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941 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008, USA
Houston Heights was No. 4 on CNN Money's "Best big-city neighborhood" list for its "urban, walkable area" and "cohesive neighborhood vibe." However, it's hard to experience this neighborhood as a traveler because there are virtually no hotels in...
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5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
The CAMH, whose exhibits are always compelling and sometimes disturbing, fun, interesting, or emotional, is the only Texas museum dedicated solely to exhibiting and interpreting contemporary art. And the gift shop has the coolest toys, bags,...
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2520 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009, USA
Behind Canino's is an open-air Hispanic market called Airline Farmers Market. While it doesn't offer hyper-local products, the brush with this part of Houston's culture makes up for it. You'll find things like fresh produce, all sorts of dried...
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6736, 3116 Houston Ave, Houston, TX 77009, USA
Kaboom Books is the independent bookstore of Houston. They buy books and resell at very fair prices. The staff is half the reason to go in; they are all friendly and knowledgable. There is passion embedded in the walls of this cozy shop that...
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2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092, USA
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Founded in 2011, this craft brewery's local following is growing fast. Don't be put off by the short drive outside the 610 loop and slightly bleak surroundings—the $7 tours (4 beer samples included) are well worth it. Tours run Monday and Friday...
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1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, USA
Since opening to the public in April 2008, this 12-acre park has quickly become the heartbeat of downtown. Here you’ll find a playground, a man-made lake, a dog park, and the Grace Event Lawn, which frequently hosts events like yoga classes,...
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3004 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
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Check out the Moon Tower Inn if you are feeling adventurous. This place is a bit remote, on the outskirts of downtown, but they serve outstanding gourmet hot dogs (yes, gourmet hot dogs) made from animals ranging from wild boar to elk and...
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14028 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079, USA
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Pizzaiuolo Bill Hutchinson has been certified, in Italy, by Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) organization. Bill trained under the watchful eye of world-renowned Master Pizza Chef Peppe Miele. Having worked at a pizza place that had only certified...
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1131 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Browse the shelves at this popular store selling artist-made jewelry and fashionable leather purses and bags. Prepare to fall in love with the cool statement pieces, sparkly bangles, and ear rings from local designers: It’s the perfect place to...
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1711 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA
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Go for gold at this Asian-themed spa with a treatment that will make you feel sunshiny all over: the Golden Body Ritual. Perfect for a special night out or just if you feel like you need spoiling. This top-to-toe treatment starts with a body...
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2201 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
The Barn (formerly Barnevelder), a performance space for dance and theatre arts, is managed by Dance Source Houston whose aim is to build a bigger audience for contemporary dance in Houston. Houston has a thriving professional dance scene with...
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1034 W 20th St, Houston, TX 77008, USA
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People love the inclusive, hill country (i.e., Austin-like) vibe of Cedar Creek. It has a solid food menu, wide selection of beers, and refreshing frozen cocktails. The Frozen Mimosas are a brunch must, or if you're there later in the day, go for...
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2706 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007, USA
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Fitzgerald's has been around since 1977, and has hosted some of the biggest names in music—like James Brown, Tina Turner, and the Ramones—in addition to giving a start to many local bands. The first floor of the two-story building has a full bar,...
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Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Houston has an amazing amount of hidden art gems. One of my favorite is James Turrell's Skyspace Twilight Epiphany, a beautiful temple to light and sound. Whether visiting for one of the concert series or just for fun, Twilight Epiphany is...
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Kemah, TX, USA
In Houston and Louisiana each January through May is crawdaddy season. Find you a Cajun friend with a secret recipe, head down to Kemah and buy your live crawfish fresh and cheap and fire up some water and get ready for a feast!
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2200 Post Oak Blvd #160, Houston, TX 77056, USA
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Get a taste of the beach year-round at this critically acclaimed Mexican restaurant, which serves up the best fresh seafood from the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean in authentic regional and historic pan-Mexican dishes.
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5539 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77056, USA
Pinot's Palette is a place where you can express your creative side (and perhaps help it along a little with a glass of wine) with a group of friends. They offer several classes per week, and for each session a particular piece of artwork is...
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729 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
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Antidote is a well-visited neighborhood cafe in the Heights. It has a great vibe, good prices, local products, and vegan options. The Cajeta Iced Latte is a favorite among regulars. Photo via Antidote Coffee Facebook page.
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1719 Live Oak St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
Old bottles, doll parts, china for mosaic work, and so much yarn! If you love to craft then prepare to lose hours browsing the shelves at this "creative reuse" center, where one person’s trash becomes another person’s treasure. Described as part...
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9348 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036, USA
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Here you'll find very authentic Sichuan-style Chinese food in the heart of Houston's sprawling Asian community. The chef is a Sichuan native who's not bashful about his use of the region's distinct peppercorns and chili oil. Mala seems to be the...
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355 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, USA
Coda is a locally owned shop in Houston Heights with a unique collection of rustic, industrial, and contemporary home decor and gifts. I especially love the candles and handcrafted bath and body products. Ask the friendly owner, Frank, for help...
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510 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Sundance movie theaters turn any film into an experience—usually a fine one. This particular complex features eight refurbished screens, comfortable (and reserved) seating, and perhaps the best part—beer and wine you can bring into the theater,...
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2403 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Great atmosphere, great staff, great view, and great food! If you're in houston you gotta visit dogwood!
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420 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
I love this little market/shop/cafe and not only because it sells some truly original Kombucha, but It also has an amazing salad bar, incredible soups, great organic produce and other tasty, healthy foodstuffs. And all right in the middle of...
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12141 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077, USA
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Crisp, homemade plantain chips with mango salsa and chimichurri is the perfect five o'clock snack. If you disagree, there are 10,000 products from over 50 countries of exotic, hard-to-find goods. The great prices they can offer come from the...
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12393 Kingsride Ln, Houston, TX 77024, USA
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Three Brothers Bakery is a tradition in Houston, where the Jucker family continues to use Eastern European recipes that betray Polish roots. Everything from custom cakes, to challah, to petit fours is on offer, and you can even order online via...
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322 Milby St, Houston, TX 77003, USA
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Don't bother googling Voodoo Queen — it won't show up on a map. This hidden dive bar in Houston's East End serves up large and strong rum drinks, often garnished with mermaid swizzle sticks. Play some pool or play music on the free jukebox or take...