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18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
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One of the best things about Texas is the BBQ and the best ones are an hour or so outside the city. I went to the Salt Lick at Driftwood, about an hour or so outside of Austin. They have the best smoked sausage! Make a day trip out of this and...
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200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
It might be a part of the Colorado River—a man-made reservoir carved out of the river in 1960—but everyone calls the body of water bisecting Austin Lady Bird Lake. On hot summer days, scores of walkers and joggers move...
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510 Rathervue Pl, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Austin is one of America's most bustling and vibrant cities, but take a walk along Red River road at night and you'll be transformed from glistening modern city to charming capital of the Old West. Here, a stone bridge and river walk are...
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6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732, USA
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Seriously, almost every night, you can enjoy a perfect sunset here. This is one money-maker, an enormous restaurant on a hilltop overlooking Lake Travis, outside Austin. The Oasis. The drinks are cold, and there's lots of room; the drinks are...
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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My boyfriend and I had noticed this place mid-June while in Austin with my family, but the line extended for a block outside the restaurant and we couldn't put my mother through the wait. A few weeks later, back in Austin, the line was even...
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300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
You haven’t truly experienced Texas until you’ve visited the hallowed grounds of the Alamo. Established in 1718 as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the building is best known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, a 13-day...
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4434 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
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Here are the rules for a good diner: Breakfast served all day and extra points are awarded for thick cut bacon and crispy hash browns. Busy waitresses who never get flustered are key—ideally she'll be calling customers "honey" and keeping their...
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18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
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I have dreams about the family style BBQ from the Salt Lick, it's that good. Located beneath the oak trees in a sprawling space in Driftwood, Texas, it is the perfect place to gather with friends and family and celebrate all things Texan. On the...
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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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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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1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Salt & Time in Austin offers a variety of beautifully presented meats from Texas ranches, as well as fabulous baguettes. I was impressed with their proper Italian labeling of all the different parts of the pork, many of which aren't well known...
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3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Granada opened as a movie theater in the 1940s, and later became a concert hall—my favorite live music venue, in fact. Check out their lineup, as big names, as well as local acts, are always on stage here—fun times to be had!
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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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5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78730, USA
Okay, so I've never seen someone actually pull off the "hang ten" maneuver (when the surfer walks to the front of the board and hangs all ten toes over the nose of the board) while wake surfing, but surfing is still a popular pastime on Lake ...
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2601 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79104, USA
America’s favorite breed of horse. Who knew we had one? In addition to celebrating the sprint specialist’s prominence in Western life, the museum conveys how remarkably intertwined U.S. history is with the quarter horse. 2601 I-40 E., (806)...
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222 Malone St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
What started as one man’s simple hobby has turned into a Houston landmark that attracts visitors from across the country: The Beer Can House. Back in 1968, owner John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for Southern Pacific Railroad, realized...
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5427 Blossom St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
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The people of West End Bicycles are more than friendly, helpful, and knowledgable when it comes to bikes and biking Houston. They have been in business for 20 successful years offering people bike servicing, for sale and rental bikes. Organized...
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6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77265, USA
A house museum in the larger collection of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, this display resides in the former home of Ima Hogg, a Houstonian who was a philanthropist and civic leader. It is largely decorative art and paintings, but the grounds...
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5002 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007, USA
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This giant venue provides the real experience of honky tonk dance hall life. Guided dances, mechanical bulls, horns on the walls, and a enormous bar are just a few things that make Rebels Honky Tonk quintessentially Texan. Keep in mind this is a...
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2013 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, USA
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The chocolate at Araya is fair-trade Venezuelan El Rey couverture chocolate. This outstanding chocolate is crafted with pink salt, Maker's Mark, Colombian coffee, and homemade chai, just to name a few. Also, don’t forget the 10 flavors of macarons...
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Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston is a great place to spend time outdoors. There's the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony, hiking and biking trails, and tons of green space to enjoy.
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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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6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007, USA
Runners flock to Memorial Park to run its 3-mile loop one, two, or five times. But there’s so much more to discover here, like 30 miles of hiking trails, a golf course, a swimming pool, and facilities for tennis, softball, croquet, and...
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Photographer713 Studio, 2500 Summer St, Houston, TX 77007, USA
If you want to be pleasantly overwhelmed by gigantic sculptures, then you should definitely come to Houston, Texas, to check out David Adickes' amazing work. Adickes, a Texan artist and sculptor, created 43 Presidential busts along with a series...
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2520 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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My good friend, who is originally from Houston, told me of the high-energy restaurant Niko Niko's. Being Greek, she has found some of her favorite dishes here that taste just like the way her mother made them. This place is authentic! Try their...
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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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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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1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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The crafting of beers is taken quite seriously at the Hay Merchant, and for the beer enthusiast, this is a very good thing. Great attention to detail is paid to ensure the beers are served at the proper temperature, with correct pressure and gas...
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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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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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I awoke at 6:30 this morning to find this view greeting me from our 12th floor balcony. This is looking eastward across Memorial Drive and Buffalo Bayou Park toward the Houston downtown skyline just about an hour before sunrise. Waking up at this...
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1801 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008, USA
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Open daily from 9 a.m. until late in the evening, Down House is known for its brunch, extensive drink and cocktail menu, and otherwise great food and atmosphere. On Tuesdays, all classic cocktails are $3 off, and on Mondays, all wines by the...
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2414 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098, USA
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Not too long ago, I was in Texas for four days, and managed to eat beef fajitas from Lupe Tortillas seven times. And that is from a Texan-turned-New Yorker who is edging closer and closer to vegetarianism—they are just that good. I love Tex-Mex...
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Houston, TX 77018, USA
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Paulie's is a cute Italian cafe and deli run by second-generation restaurant owner Paul Petronella. Pastas and cookies are made in-house, and the prices are super reasonable. People love the shrimp BLT, cucumber water, and the cookies, of course....
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4053 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, USA
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At Escalante's you'll find upscale Tex-Mex and some pretty good margaritas. It's a Houston-only chain with a lively, colorful atmosphere and attentive service. This location is part of an area called Highland Village, which is a great outdoor...
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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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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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1423 Branard St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
This shaded park near the University of St. Thomas is right next to The Menil Collection. The park is very shaded and nestled between streets lined with classic 1920s bungalow houses. This place really captures Houston!
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18-3600 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019, USA
There's a really cool jogging and biking trail that runs from River Oaks all the way to downtown along the Bayou. This is next to Eleanor Tinsley Park. Check it out for some nice views of the Houston skyline.
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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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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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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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1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Every person who visits Houston should go to the world-class Museum of Fine Arts, which offers 63,000 works of art spanning entire centuries and continents. From Native American art to impressionism, photography to fashion, there's sure to be...
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5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, USA
You just never know what you’re going to see when you walk through the doors at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, where everything from corpse flowers to terra-cotta warriors have graced the exhibit halls. Permanent exhibits here...
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1435 Beall St, Houston, TX 77008, USA
As strange as it sounds, about 700 Houstonians of all ages meet on Thursday evenings to play bingo at a Czech Farmers Insurance Lodge. People actually start lining up just after 4 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start time! What makes this place so appealing to...
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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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555 W Bitters Rd, Hill Country Village, TX 78232, USA
The Alley on Bitters is a great place to wander. It occupies the land where a 19th century dairy farm once stood, and there's still a great deal of character and old school charm. Meander past arts & crafts shops, antique dealers, and boutiques,...
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24152 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257, USA
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As a friend of mine once said, "The state motto of Texas should be, 'Texas: Where the barbecue in our airports is better than any you'll find in your home state.'" It just wouldn't be a visit to Texas without some barbecue beef brisket, and Rudy's...
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555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
San Antonio's Botanical Gardens offer much more than diverse and beautiful flora—they also provide you with a greater sense for the city and state's history. The photo shows one of several buildings in the gardens; this one an authentic Pineywoods...
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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...