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Houston knows food. Sample some of the best barbecue in the U.S. at Killen's, or stuff yourself silly with tacos al carbon at Ninfa's. Whether it's Indian street food you're after or waffle sandwiches sold out of a bus, this list will help you get strategic.
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1641 Westheimer Rd B, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Many a late night in Houston ends at Poison Girl, a beloved dive bar tucked between Westheimer Road’s antique stores and secondhand shops. You’ll find a full range of cocktails, beer, and wine at this eclectic bar, which has a wide...
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2349 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
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Named after the 1947 Malcolm Lowry novel, Under the Volcano is beloved by Houston locals, who flock here for the live music and drink menu standouts like the strawberry-basil margaritas and the frozen screwdrivers. The bar is also home to one...
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419 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
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Like tequila? Then you’re going to love El Big Bad Margarita Bar and Kitchen. This “gastro-cantina” located in downtown Houston’s Market Square is a must-try spot thanks to its infused tequilas, fresh juice margaritas, and...
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314 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
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Notsuoh (that’s Houston backward) is a funky little dive bar that’s nearly impossible to fully describe—it’s one of those offbeat finds you have to visit in person to understand. The artists' haven hosts poetry readings,...
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813 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002, USA
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This offbeat bar envelops you in a time warp as soon as you walk through the historical building's front door. Decades-old memorabilia adorn the walls instead of the TVs found in a typical sports bar, and in the evening you’ll find...
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2220 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Do you love waffles like most well-adjusted members of society do? Then you'll be a big fan of the Waffle Bus. This innovative Houston food truck offers a variety of savory and sweet waffle sandwiches that will put your taste buds on high alert....
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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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3130 Fry Rd #800, Katy, TX 77449, USA
If you’re craving something sweet, keep an eye out for the adorable, vintage-inspired Frosted Betty Bake Shop truck, where the treats are as delicious as they are cute. Offerings include cupcakes—salted caramel, red velvet, or vanilla...
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300 W 20th St, Houston, TX 77008, USA
If you’re staying in Houston for longer than a weekend, you’ll probably want to put the Rice Box on speed dial—it’s been serving up some of Houston’s most popular Chinese food from the window of its...
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11360 Bellaire Blvd #990, Houston, TX 77072, USA
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Crawfish season is a big deal in Houston. But for a truly unique experience, head to Crawfish & Noodles in Chinatown. This easy-to-miss restaurant, tucked away in a strip mall on Bellaire Boulevard, is well worth the drive for its spicy...
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4210 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Wish you could instantly transport yourself to Barcelona? At BCN Taste & Tradition, you can—all it takes is a single bite of food. The restaurant, helmed by chef Luis Roger, who grew up in Barcelona and was once hired to travel the...
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1658 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Leave it to beloved Houston chef Chris Shepherd to blow up the typical restaurant experience. One Fifth, his latest project, is designed to feature five different restaurant concepts over a span of five years. The first was One Fifth Steak. The...
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3201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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Chef Mark Holley has been a Houston foodie-scene darling for years, so it was only a matter of time before he opened his own restaurant. Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar pays tribute to Holley's diverse roots—including...
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3613 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581, USA
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In Texas, there’s no shortage of places to go for barbecue, but if you can pick only one Houston joint, head to Killen’s BBQ. Chef Ronnie Killen’s vision for this restaurant, opened in 2013, was to combine the...
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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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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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2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, USA
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Houston's beer scene has commanded national attention for years thanks to its quality craft brews, and there’s no better place to sample some than at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Founded in the mid-1990s, it has the esteemed title of...
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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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88 Dennis St, Houston, TX 77006, USA
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One word: Hamburgers. Hamburgers are the reason to come to this tiny grocery store–restaurant that’s still one of Houston’s best-kept secrets. Here’s a sample of the life-changing combinations you'll find on the menu: the...
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1835 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
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Move over, Willy Wonka—there’s another candy shop that’s making everyone’s sweet tooth tingle. The smell of chocolate wafts through the store, greeting you as soon as you walk in the door. Once inside, you’ll find...
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When the James Beard Foundation named chef Hugo Ortega the 2017 Best Chef in the Southwest, it confirmed what Houstonians have known for decades. His namesake restaurant has long been a go-to spot for anyone seeking delicious regional Mexican...
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2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003, USA
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For an authentic Houston experience, head to the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, where the food is always top-notch and the longtime servers are revered as rock stars. With chef Alex Padilla at the helm, you can expect everything from...
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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...