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What comes to your mind when I talk about Houston’s culinary scene? Beefsteak? BBQ? Tex-Mex food perhaps? Well… what if I told you that there is so much more to eat in this wonderful city. Well, it’s true, and we’re going to see it and eat it all on this gastronomic tour of Houston!
From exotic flavors to local favorites we´ll be eating all and also spending some time at Houston’s most pleasant parks, hey we have to do something in between meals or we’re going to explode!
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Best places to eat in Houston
But first, a few traveler’s tips. Since we’re going to go all around the city, having a transportation option is pretty much a must, as there is nothing worse after having a good meal than having to deal with the annoyance of public transport. If you want to explore all the restaurants and parks comfortably, you should consider booking a rental car in Houston, as this option lets you explore each of the restaurants at your own pace and in the order you better see fit. Plus, if you’re coming with many other hungry mouths there are options for renting bigger vehicles such as vans or SUVs.
So, without further ado let’s go on a culinary adventure to Houston!
1. The Breakfast Klub
The best way to start the day is with breakfast, so I believe the best way to start our hungry trip though Houston is with a local favorite that specializes in that meal in particular: The Breakfast Klub.
Now, this is as Houstonian as you can get, the restaurant is owned by locals and strives to keep a welcoming local vibe. The dishes you can find in here range from the comfortably known ones, such as chicken and waffles, to the adventurous southern flavors such as catfish and grits. The staff is really friendly and has an infectious smile which sometimes is just what you need to start your day. Sometimes there are lines to get to the place but don’t let that deter you, the breakfast here is worth every minute spent on that line especially if you’re into local food.
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You can find this restaurant at 3711 Travis St. there are a couple of parking lots nearby, but remember this place is really popular among historians so expect a couple of lines especially on weekends.
2. Tacos a go go
Tacos A GoGo offers a unique selection of tacos and other tex-Mex all-stars such as nachos and quesadillas. You can find traditional taco flavors but there are also more experimental tacos that mingle with classical Texan flavors, or as the restaurant describe them: “More tex than Mex” some of such flavors are: tater tot tacos, smoked brisket tacos, and grilled shrimp tacos!
There are five locations around the city, all of them characterized by their rockabilly vibe mixed with old Mexican kitsch style.
3. Herman park
So, we’ve seen two amazing options to taste the flavors of Houston, but before our bellies explode let’s explore one of Houston’s most beautiful parks, just so that we have a couple of things to do in between each meal.
Herman Park is near to Houston’s museum district, so much so that Houston’s Museum of Natural Science can be found in the park itself. This is one of the best museums of natural science out there as it has a very complete collection of dinosaur fossils and even a tropical rain forest conservatory where many topical plants are kept on a simulated environment.
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The park itself is quite pleasant as it has many areas worth exploring, such as a Japanese garden and an outdoor theater.
4. Fat Bao
All right, back to the restaurants.
You wouldn’t think of Houston as the place to find new and existing presentations for traditional Asian cuisine but hey life, just as Houston’s culinary scene, is full of surprises!
Fat Bao offers a cool new spin on traditional Asian food: steamed bun sandwiches! There are many exotic flavors of bao sandwiches to choose from, such as soft-shell crab, Pekin duck, and pork belly, heck there are even some dessert bao such as smores and banana-Nutella. Customers report them to be very cheap, delicious and fast to serve, so if you’re in the mood for some exotic food you shouldn’t miss this one.
There are two locations, one at 3419 Kirby Dr and the other at 3355 Hwy 6, Sugar Land. Sadly, both locations are a little far away from other touristic locations so if you wish to visit them, renting a car in Houston is a good idea as both locations have ample parking.
5. The Chocolate Bar
And finally let’s end our gastronomical trip through Houston with a place to get dessert: The Chocolate Bar. Regardless of what you think about places with pun names, this is one of the greatest places in Houston to indulge in your sweet tooth.
They offer slices of a huge selection of cakes, cheesecakes, and pies, alongside with many other sweets, but one of their most beloved treats is fresh chocolate covered strawberry’s.
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You can find it at 2521 University Blvd, parking is rather limited so come prepared.
And there you go. Next time you come visit Houston save up an appetite as there are a lot of delicious options and believe me, the ones I told you about are just the tip of the iceberg. Come and discover the many other delicious treats that wait for you in wonderful city Houston.