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FIRST LOOK Colorful, serene, exciting, tranquil—these essential destinations let visitors see all of Houston’s many personalities.

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SMOKE AND FIRE For barbecue-lovers, Houston is synonymous with paradise. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JODY HORTON TEXT BY TYLER STRONG

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GOING FOR BOLD The sprawling, scenic and thrill-filled Grand Texas park makes a big splash. BY ERIC MORENO

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Giant leaps in space exploration are immortalized at the NASA Johnson Space Center—a place that’s as much about saluting the past as it is about inspiring future generations.

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HOUSTON’S UNDERGROUND SCENE Find your way through the city beneath the city to discover its hidden treasures. BY ERIC MORENO

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ALL ABOUT TOWN Find your niche in one of Houston’s many distinct neighborhoods or in the laid-back beachtown of Galveston.

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THE GUIDE Specialty boutiques, designer shops, independent galleries and retail hubs.

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PARTING SHOT Discover the city’s whimsical tribute to recycling: the Beer Can House.

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ON THE COVER: LOOKING SKYWARD IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON. ©LUNAMARINA/SHUTTERSTOCK INSIDE COVER: VIEW OF BUFFALO BAYOU PARK AND DOWNTOWN HOUSTON ON A SUMMER DAY. ©NATE HOVEE/SHUTTERSTOCK

TOP: COURTESY NASA; BOTTOM LEFT; ©VISIT HOUSTON; BOTTOM RIGHT: ©MARJORIE JACKSON

BY SCOTT ROUCH


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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Eric Moreno, Scott Rouch CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Jody Horton

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CONTRIBUTORS Scott Rouch

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“Lynette Hawkins’ casual Italian restaurant and wine bar captures the essence of Italian city life and the spirit of the slow food movement... effortlessly and casually romantic.” -Houston Press

Essential 38 Restaurants

-Eater Houston 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Top 100 Restaurants

-Alison Cook, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Scott Rouch

Scott Rouch spent the first 16 years of his life in Bowie, Maryland and began traveling the world after moving to Germany for his final two years of high school. He continued his travels in the Pacific for the next five years, living in Japan and visiting locales such as Australia and Hong Kong, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. He landed in Augusta, Georgia, in 2010 and has been an editor and writer for Morris since 2016. He spends his free time with his wife, son and daughter.

Jody Horton

Smoke and Fire, page 22

Jody is a food & lifestyle photographer. His editorial and commercial clients include Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Garden & Gun, Texas Monthly, Jack Daniels, Whole Foods, Shiner Bock & YETI. He is equally comfortable working on location and in his daylight studio in Austin, TX.

100 Favorite Dishes

Jody Horton

-Kaitlyn Steiberg, 2013 (Porchetta & Fagioli); Katharine Shilcutt, 2012 (Eggplant Involtini)

Eric Moreno

Dog-Friendly Patio

Going For Bold, page 28; Houston’s Underground Scene, page 36

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Eric Moreno

Eric Moreno is a freelance travel and sports writer based in Texas. He is a chicken fried steak scholar and devoted fan of UTSA Roadrunners football. Follow him on Twitter: @EricMoreno6477.


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Colorful, serene, exciting, tranquil— these essential destinations let visitors see all of Houston’s many personalities.

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Buffalo Bayou Trails/Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Linking Memorial, Buffalo Bayou, Sam Houston and Sesquicentennial parks, Buffalo Bayou Trails offers solace for both the sports enthusiast and afternoon stroller with everything from bike trails to dog parks. Just east of the trails along the Bayou, nature awaits at the Arboretum & Nature Center. Buffalo Bayou Park, 18-3600 Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, 713.752.0314, www.buffalobayou.org; Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, 713.681.8433, www.houstonarboretum.org


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Battleship Texas

Biscuit Paint Wall

Some of Houston’s most Instagrammable hot spots are also the most colorful. Bland walls come to life through artistic expression in mural form. One of the most popular has become known as the Biscuit Paint Wall. It adorns the side of Biscuit Home, which sells upscale, heirloom bedding and home decor. Rainbows of color have been poured down a black wall to create an eye-catching backdrop for a myriad of photos, both professional and amateur. 1614 Westheimer Road, #biscuitpaintwall 16

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The last remaining battleship to have survived both world wars, Battleship Texas is now a national landmark and “floating museum” docked at the Houston Ship Channel. Take a tour of the ship, discover her global impact on military history (including her role in Normandy on D-Day) and visit the nearby San Jacinto Monument. 3523 Independence Parkway, LaPorte, www.battleshiptexas.org


Pleasure Pier

A hurricane destroyed the original Pleasure Pier in the 1960s, but the amusement park reopened in 2012 with a nostagic feel and family-friendly atmosphere that rivals Coney Island. It thrills all ages with rides, games, shops and restaurants. 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. www.pleasurepier.com WHERE GUEST B OOK

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The George R. Brown Convention Center is one of the largest convention centers in the U.S., measuring 1.2 million square feet. It’s flanked by the Toyota Center (home of the Rockets) and Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and is connected by two skybridges to the Hilton Americas and the Marriott Marquis. Houston’s premier events are held here. Be sure to visit the lobby, where Ed Wilson’s “Soaring in the Clouds” dazzles with light and movement. 1001 Avenida de las Americas, www.grbhouston.com 18

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Explore the 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston. Though a tranquil respite in the city center, it is loaded with amenities such as the Anheuser-Busch Stage for outdoor concerts, a mist tree, a splash fountain and the picturesque Kinder Lake. Don’t miss Synchronicity of Color, a wall of iconic art boxes lending an eyepopping splash of color to the green space. 1500 McKinney St., www.discoverygreen.com 20

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ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY AN EXPERIENCE SO UNIQUELY REFINED THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE. The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is the city’s only AAA Five-Diamond destination boasting elegant accommodations masterfully blended with extensive conference space, designer fashion, signature dining and sophisticated amenities all in one tower. Upon arrival, the intuitive personalized service sets the tone for a unique experience, one of unrivaled quality and pleasure. Whether savoring the unmatched culinary excellence of Mastro’s Steakhouse, indulging in a world of unparalleled wellness with ancient healing practices at The Spa, arriving in style by way of helicopter, or discovering new levels of beauty at the two-story Rolls-Royce showroom, The Post Oak Hotel is sure to embrace every desire of savvy business and leisure travelers alike.

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SMOKE AND FIRE For barbecue-lovers, Houston is synonymous with paradise. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JODY HORTON

TEXT BY TYLER STRONG

One of the most quintessentially American of traditions is the art of barbecue. Within that, there are clear dividing lines and even different regions of “The Lone Star State� have stamped their own seal on the culture. Houston is nestled firmly in the Southeast Texas style that includes beef, sausage and even more regionallyspecific offerings, all complemented with minimal sauce or none at all. Texas barbecue is nothing less than an institution, and only the most consistent and delicious of the bunch can stand the test of time. Here are some of the most widely-acclaimed barbecue joints in Houston, many sporting their own unique specialities. 22

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Opposite page: CorkScrew BBQ has been named top in the country by Travel Channel Food Paradise and top in the South by Southern Living. This page: A peek inside one of The Pit Room’s custom-made offset smokers.

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This page: A beef brisket being handled with care at Tejas Chocolate and BBQ, where the two specialities are no secret. Opposite page: Behind the scenes at Tejas, where briskets are brined for a week and then smoked for more than a day.

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This page: A rare moment of calm at Gatlin’s, a Houston staple that often sells out before closing. Opposite page: No barbecue feast is complete without appearances from some of the sides seen here, including mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, pinto beans and more. Take your pick and gather around the table with family and friends for best results.


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Within Grand Texas, Big Rivers Water Park offers options like wave pools and slides in a family-friendly environment.


GOING FOR BOLD The sprawling, scenic and thrill-filled Grand Texas park makes a big splash

COURTESY BIG RIVERS WATER PARK

BY ERIC MORENO

Lying somewhere between a cliche and a badge of honor is the phrase “Everything is bigger in Texas.” It’s ubiquitous in the state. Another saying Texans take to heart is “It ain’t bragging if it’s true.” On Memorial Day of 2019, the biggest entertainment attraction opened up and proved both statements to be correct. Located just over 30 miles northeast of Houston in the town of New Caney is the newly opened Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District. Spanning a sprawling 630-plus scenic acres, the complex features five separate entertainment attractions and promises to be the next great tourist spot in the region. The massive venue was not only created to fill the void left when Six Flags AstroWorld closed its doors for good in 2005, but also as an economic generator for the area and a destination for Texans from all over the state. “Grand Texas is something that we felt was really missing in this community,” says Terre Albert, the chief operating officer of Grand Texas. “In this part of Texas, there isn’t any type of attraction like any of the ones that we have brought. I think in the very near future, it will be the pre-eminent destination in this part of the state.” The complex includes Gator Bayou Adventure Park, the Speedsportz Race Park and Big Rivers Water Park. In addition to the main parks, eventually shopping and

dining options as well as RV and hotel facilities will be a further draw for patrons. “I think what sets Grand Texas apart as an entertainment destination is that we have multiple attractions,” says Albert. “We have the F-1 go-kart track. We have Big Rivers Water Park, which has multiple wave pools, a lazy river, multiperson slides, individual back slides. Then we have Gator Bayou and Wild Isle, which is the largest inflatable obstacle course in North America. There’s no other park like us in the country.” Aside from its myriad attractions, which also include a petting zoo, a massive dry obstacle course and zip lines, what differentiates Grand Texas from other similar venues is the setting. The Piney Woods of East Texas have been incorporated not just into the background of the park but into the very fabric of its makeup and design. “Other parks weren’t built like ours, where it’s built out in nature the way we are. They don’t have a setting like we do,” says Albert. “Those parks are built in a concrete jungle and we’re built in the woods of East Texas.” The audacity of what is being done with Grand Texas is quintessentially Texan. To carve out a vast swath of undeveloped wilderness and create something big, bold and bright—what says “Texas” better than that? WHERE GUEST B OOK

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enormous maze, a catch and release fishing pond, and an area for gem mining. For thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, there is the zipline course and an aerial ropes course, rock climbing walls, including—yes, you guessed it—one of the largest such walls in Texas, and an alligator attraction that lets visitors get an up-close and personal view of the fascinating animals native to the area. The combination of water and adventure park makes for a unique draw. Few venues outside of the major theme parks have ever attempted to combine the two and successfully pull off the “something for everyone” model. The rides and attractions at Big Rivers and Gator Bayou promise to be some of the biggest, most exciting in all of Texas. That’s in line with the vision of the owners of the park, who wanted to create a venue truly deserving of the name “Grand Texas.” “We really wanted to be something this part of the region could be proud of,” says Albert. “I think the park will be something that not only the community here in Montgomery County can be proud of, but I also think this part of the state will look at it as something special. I hope ultimately that Grand Texas is something like that for everyone in the state.” Grand Texas hopes to be a destination that truly has something for everyone. Once it gets fully established, the hope of everyone involved is that this will be one of the premier tourist destinations in the state. Gauging from the reception it has garnered so far from the community and from the first weekend’s attendance, Grand Texas is well on its way to achieving those goals. “Our opening weekend, we had around 6,000 people come into the park,” says Albert. “Everyone we have dealt with, from the chamber of commerce to the local government officials to the residents to the business community… everyone has had nothing but positive things to say about what we’re doing. I think they all realize how this will help revitalize the area and give people something they’ve been missing.”

Nowhere else has all of the attractions that we have, set where we are... We’re going to be fun for everyone.

—Terre Albert, chief operating officer of Grand Texas

COURTESY BIG RIVERS WATER PARK

“You’re not going to find anything like Grand Texas anywhere else in the state,” says Albert. “Nowhere else has all of the attractions that we have, set where we are. If you’re a kid home from college, you can go do the zip lines at Gator Bayou. If you’re a family with younger kids, you can do the lazy river or the petting zoo. Then there is Wild Isle, where people can run the obstacle course and bounce people off into the water. We’re going to be fun for everyone.” With the grand opening taking place just in time to beat the heat of those long East Texas summer months, Grand Texas, with its Big Rivers Water Park, looks to be both a literal and figurative oasis for the area. The lazy river—fittingly titled the Rio GRAND River—is the largest and longest in the area. On opening weekend, it proved to be one of the main draws as hundreds of visitors enjoyed the relaxing, refreshing waters and the idyllic scenery surrounding them. “We really couldn’t have picked a better setting to open up in,” says Albert. “The Piney Woods of East Texas have always been a draw by themselves for people. When you add in the attractions we’ve created, I think you’re going to see this part of the state become even more popular than it already is.” It has not been an easy ride for the organizers of Grand Texas. There have been multiple hitches since the project was first announced in 2013. It took two years to get the site cleared out so construction could begin, and was a long four years getting to the grand opening. For the organizers—and the slew of visitors—it has been well worth the wait. “I can’t tell you how excited we all are to get to this point,” explains Albert. “Everyone involved has worked really hard for a really long time to get here. To see all the smiles on all the kids’ faces out there for opening weekend, you know it was worth it. The anticipation has been well worth it.” The parks at Grand Texas offer plenty of kid- and familyfriendly attractions, including the Gator Splash, a massive, interactive play structure with more than 300 components— the largest of its kind in the state. There is also an equally


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Clockwise from top: Make your way through a Mystic Forest Maze; get your pulse racing with highflying zip line adventures; an inflatable waterpark and challenge course await those who wish to add some bounce to their fun; take your pick from myriad slides to rush through; or perhaps relaxing on a lazy river is all the excitement you seek.

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Giant leaps in space exploration are immortalized at the NASA Johnson Space Center— a place that’s as much about saluting the past as it is about inspiring future generations. BY SCOTT ROUCH

Arguably the two most iconic statements in the history of spaceflight are “Houston, Tranquility Base here; the Eagle has landed,” and “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Both were uttered by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969, announcing the landing and man’s first steps on the moon. Already one of the area’s top attractions, displaying more than 400 space artifacts that represent some of the most historic and greatest accomplishments known to man, all eyes turned to Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center, from July 16-24, as it marked the 50th anniversary of one of the most remarkable feats of humankind. 32

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The success of Apollo 11 fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon before the decade was out, a goal he proclaimed to Congress on May 25, 1961. The nine-day affair celebrating the accomplishments of Apollo 11, its crew and the people who contributed to the mission is an event that will not be soon forgotten. Between a scheduled drop-in by the Golden Knights, the Army’s parachute team, at the opening ceremony, to the 1960s-themed Apollo 11 Mission Splashdown Party on July 24, the space program’s history literally came to life. Special events included lunches with astronaut families, panel discussions and a dinner with NASA flight director Gene Kranz.

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Opposite page: The flight director’s console is abuzz during the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission; This page: The Apollo 11 command module Columbia is on display at Space Center Houston.

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The consoles were taken from the center to the Kansas Cosmosphere for restoration and then returned. The historic nature of the setting doesn’t apply to just the physical look, it gives a real-time effect of being in the Mission Control Center on July 20, 1969. Video images play on screens, chatter is heard between astronauts and flight controllers, and clocks in the room are synchronized to what’s on the screens and consoles. The viewing room will have 1960s-era TVs airing vintage CBS footage, while other areas are presented with real artifacts in them. “We want you to feel like you stepped back in the Apollo era,” says Harris. While the restoration process was a difficult one, it wasn’t the first daunting task for Space Center Houston, which went to great lengths in the development of Independence Plaza presented by Boeing. The impressive 240-ton facility includes an original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft (SCA) with 80-ton shuttle replica Independence mounted to it. The shuttle replica had to be moved from Florida to Houston, while it took 40 days for the Boeing 747 (SCA) to be disassembled at Houston’s Ellington Field and transported to its current location. To experience the massive exhibit, take an elevator to the top of a six-story tower and enter the shuttle’s flight deck before heading down a level to see its payload bay and take in its

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Above, from left: Workers rebuild Mission Operations Control Room; visitors explore the Skylab Trainer; see the Mercury Faith 7 capsule and the history of spacesuits. Below: A console is set to Apollo 11.

One of the special touches that opened just in time for the celebration was the restoration of the Apollo Mission Control Center. Included were the Missions Operations Control Room (MOCR), Visitor Viewing Room, Simulation Control Room and the Summary Display Projection Room (“bat cave”). “We want to keep the legacy of the Apollo era alive and preserve the Apollo Mission Control Center,” says William T. Harris, Space Center Houston president and CEO. “Thanks to the combined efforts of so many people, future generations can experience this iconic room exactly as it was when Neil Armstrong made his historic first steps on the Moon.” Located in the Christopher C. Kraft Mission Control Center, the renovated Mission Control Center is part of the NASA Tram Tour, included in a general admission ticket. Getting the national landmark, which made the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1985, back to exactly as it looked and operated during nine Gemini missions, 21 space shuttle missions and the Apollo era—specifically during the Apollo 11 landing—has to rank among one of the tougher missions to date. Designers looked through archival footage, talked with flight controllers about their consoles and hit the smallest detail, down to wallpaper and the type of carpet on the floor.


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cramped living conditions. Then it’s on to NASA SCA 905 and go hands-on with interactive displays. Independence Plaza is just one of seven permanent exhibits, including the NASA Tram Tour, and limited-run exhibits that honor the ongoing missions, future plans and history of the space program. That history began with the establishment of the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston in 1961—opening in 1963 with Gemini IV as the first controlled flight—then renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1973. Today it is home to the astronaut corps; International Space Station Missions; and the Orion Program, a new spacecraft with goals of landing humans on Mars in the 2030s. The feats of the space program are on display, delving heavily into the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and Shuttle programs. The Starship Gallery immortalizes spacecraft and artifacts. Kranz, the flight director for the Gemini and Apollo programs, can be seen in his Apollo 17 vest, just one of the colorful vests he began wearing with the launch of Gemini 4. The Starship Gallery also shows the important contributions from astronaut Gordon Cooper with his Mercury 9 “Faith 7” capsule that orbited for more than 34 minutes in 1963. The capsule’s rounded bottom defended against heat on re-entry and that design continued with the Gemini, Apollo and current

Orion programs. His Gemini V spacecraft, also occupied by Charles “Pete” Conrad, which set a record for longest time in space by humans (seven days), is on loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The Astronaut Gallery displays spacesuits worn throughout the years, giving a close look at women astronauts. Displays include the T-38 flight training suit worn by Judith Resnik, who was in the first astronaut training class featuring women in 1978; inflight coveralls worn by Sally Ride, the first woman in space on Challenger (1983); and an Extravehicular Mobility Unit like the one worn by Kathryn Sullivan, the first woman to space walk. Among Sullivan’s three shuttle missions, she helped deploy the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990. Ever wonder what it’s like to live off-planet? The International Space Station Gallery takes away the guesswork. Learn about the mission involving astronaut Scott Kelly in which he and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spent 340 consecutive days on the station, or be a participant in “Living in Space,” a live program detailing daily operations on the center. As America continues to be leaders in the exploration of space, NASA Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston will be right there in the forefront.

“We want to keep the legacy of the Apollo era alive and preserve the Apollo Mission Control Center.”

—William T. Harris, Space Center Houston president and CEO

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HOUSTON’S UNDERGROUND SCENE Find your way through the city beneath the city to discover its hidden treasures.

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One of the more innovative ways that Houstonians move about the city is by utilizing the historic Downtown Tunnel System. With more than 6.5 miles worth of underground passageways and above-ground skywalks, the Tunnels connect 95 city blocks and link office towers with hotels, banks with government offices, restaurants with retail stores and businesses with the Houston Theater District. “Considered one of Houston’s best-kept secrets, most of Downtown’s 160,000-person workforce use it daily,” says Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and communications with Houston’s Downtown District. “The system is particularly handy when it’s raining or during Houston’s hot summer months.”

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HISTORY OF THE TUNNELS In the early 1930s, the 31st governor of Texas, Ross Sterling, built a pedestrian tunnel under present-day Fannin Street that connected two buildings he owned. The now sprawling tunnel system spread soon after. The next section of the Houston underground was begun by theater owner Will Horowitz, who constructed an underground walkway to connect the lobby of his Texan Theatre, the Uptown Tavern, the Texas Fountain Room and the Uptown Lounge, which were all across the street from one another. Horowitz’s dream of a mini-city below the streets of Houston died with him when he passed in 1941. His theaters closed one by one and were all razed by 1953 and the tunnel filled by 1968. The tunnels aggressively expanded during the 1970s and over the next 40 years have undergone periods of growth and closures. “Starting in the ’70s, it (the tunnels) became a necessary amenity that is now part of every new office development project. Portions of the tunnel contain gift shops, newsstands, banks, technology centers, flower shops, copy centers, dry cleaners and food courts similar to a major shopping mall.”

EXPLORING HOUSTON’S UNDERGROUND The Tunnel and Skywalk system is open to the public on weekdays during the city’s working hours, 6 am to 6:30 pm with numerous access points. From street level, take the tun-

nels at Wells Fargo Plaza and the McKinney garage. Aesthetically speaking, the Tunnels have more in common with an airport terminal than with a shopping mall, but what they lack in frills they make up for in convenience. Visitors have access to such prominent Downtown Houston locations as the AMC Houston 8, Revention Music Center, the Shops at Houston Center and the performance halls of the Theater District. They also connect high-profile buildings and sites such as the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Toyota Center and Houston Public Library. One of the intriguing sections of the tunnels is below the Museum of Fine Arts, where an exhibit, “The Light Inside,” connects two of the museum’s buildings. Visitors transiting are greeted with changing lights and the feeling of floating. When it comes to food, there are plenty of reliable chains to choose from like Salata and Fuddrucker’s, or go with local favorites including the carnivore’s paradise Becks Prime. Specializing in burgers, hot dogs and steaks, Becks Prime has been recognized as having not only one of the best burgers in the state, but also one of the best in the nation by numerous media outlets. Another local Houston favorite is the Post Oak Grill. Billed as serving “new American cuisine,” the restaurant offers up a sampling of diverse flavors that embody the city of Houston. Gulf Coast crab cakes, chicken enchiladas, and smothered steak are just some of the options to choose from. For even more of a taste of the diversity of Houston, try 5411 Empanadas, serving up the South American-style version of these tasty Latin hand pies. The Tunnels truly are a city unto themselves and a great slice of all that Houston has to offer.

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Downtown home, this area also caters to residents, with dozens of activities and after-dark entertainment options. Many visitors flock to the Theater District, where 17 blocks of venues like the Alley Theatre and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts showcase everything from Broadway musicals and operas to symphony performances. Other attractions include the Aquarium, Discovery Green, Market Square Park and, for the local nightlife scene, mixed-use complex GreenStreet.

Montrose are coveted residential neighborhoods for art, culinary and nightlife enthusiasts. As with everything in Texas, the brunch scene here is big—but breakfast and coffee (or mimosas and Bloody Marys) from Common Bond, Baby Barnaby’s Café or The Breakfast Klub are worth the wait on weekends.

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THE HEIGHTS Vintage shops, art galleries and home and garden boutiques define this picturesque Victorian neighborhood, where “First Saturdays” brings a street fair atmosphere to the sidewalks every month. Make 19th Street a priority, where you’ll uncover a treasure trove of kitschy finds at some of the city’s best resale shops. The neighborhood’s hip, bohemian-chic vibe, complemented by local bistros and shady sidewalks, highlights the area’s rich history and artsy culture.

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park with Williams Tower in Uptown/ Galleria District; Downtown’s skyline illuminated at night; historic Houston heights shopping district.

THE WOODLANDS An ever-evolving enclave north of Houston, this affluent suburb offers local watering holes for unwinding; upscale restaurants such as Cureight, Jasper’s and Grotto Ristorante; as well a bevy of boutiques and shopping centers. The Woodlands is also the ideal location for experiencing the area without battling downtown traffic: For concerts, festivals and events, head to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater, or cruise to the Woodlands Mall for a little retail therapy.

The bohemian-chic vibe of The Heights pays tribute to the area’s rich history and artsy culture. It’s also home to the city’s best resale shops.

LAKE CONROE The latest community to which suburban families and active city-dwellers are flocking, the Lake Conroe area is perfect for those looking for a little more outdoor exposure. Rent a lakehouse for the summer, check out the Texas Renaissance Festival and Sam Houston monument or explore the expansive waters by boat or jet ski. Flying solo? Follow your bliss along various hiking trails or spend an afternoon fishing. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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Galveston This jaunt to the Gulf Coast offers scenery, shopping and everything in between. Architecture- and history-lovers, shoppers, bird-watchers, sunbathers and those who appreciate fine dining all fall under this small island’s magical spell. A vacation destination for family trips or romantic getaways, Galveston is also home to one of Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebrations and unique festivals like Dickens on the Strand, when the Historic District travels back in time to Victorian London by creating a 19th-century-England environment.

THE STRAND Known as “The Strand,” this quaint “downtown” area of the island is populated with historic architecture, one-of-akind gift shops, local boutiques, along Postoffice Street and more. The Texas Seaport Museum is home to the 1877 Scottish-built sailing ship Elissa, and the Lone Star Flight Museum, where you can take a ride in a historic World War II airplane. Take a tour of Galveston’s historic homes and buildings, many of which were restored after 2008’s Hurricane Ike by the Galveston His40

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torical Foundation. Then indulge at the cafés and seafood restaurants like Fisherman’s Wharf, The Black Pearl Oyster Bar or Rudy & Paco. West of the Strand is where you’ll find family destinations like Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston, where kids can stay entertained at a variety of attractions, and golf enthusiasts can enjoy the greens year-round.

THE SEAWALL For a true beach vacation, take your pick of seaside resorts and luxury accommodations along the Seawall. From the San Luis Resort to Hotel Galvez, each resort provides a unique vibe all its own, from quiet and serene to hip and action-packed. After a day spent fishing, kayaking or lounging beneath an umbrella, dine at local gems like The Gumbo Diner (where the beignets are not to be missed) or Miller’s Seawall Grill. A trip to this side of the island isn’t complete without time spent along the boardwalk at Pleasure Pier. Once a 1940s hot spot for entertainment, the pier features vintage-inspired shops, retro roller coasters, carnival games and memorable experiences for the child in all of us.

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ALICE + OLIVIA The expert eye of Stacey Bendet brings cutting-edge fashions to womenswear and accessories. Find all your wardrobe needs, from dresses and jumpsuits to handbags and sunglasses. 4444 Westheimer Road, Ste. A150, 281.581.0649. www.aliceandolivia.com CAVENDER’S BOOT CITY This family-owned Western-wear company's stores are must-visits for fans of cowboy boots and their extensive collection. Also find workwear, classic Western styles and the latest trends in ladies and men’s fashion. 2505 S. Loop W. 610 and other locations, 713.664.8999. www.cavenders.com COTTON CLUB COLLECTION The boutique's assortment includes denim, tees, lingerie, designer collections, accessories, fine jewelry, their private label and many other lines exclusive to Cotton Club Collection. 3941 San Felipe St., 713.522.9101. www.cottonclubcollection.com

DAO CHLOE DAO From casual to formal and everything in-between, Chloe Dao is the go-to designer for every occasion. Shop affordable sportswear, cocktail dresses, evening wear, flirty frocks and accessories. 6127 Kirby Drive, 713.807.1565. www.chloedao.com H MAIDA’S BELTS & BUCKLESCL0091328 For fine leather goods or exotic and unusual pieces, look no further than Maida’s Belts & Buckles, where in-studio or nationally based artists have crafted many of the items. 5727 Westheimer Road, Ste. K, 800.785.6036. www.maidasbelts.com. REPUBLIC BOOT COMPANY Dedicated to Texas culture, Republic produces custom cowboy boots made with the finest materials and can be customized to fit your feet, or are available ready-made. 4222 San Felipe, 832.767.6586. www.republicboothouston.com THE WEBSTER This multibrand boutique populates the shelves with clothing and accessory selections for men and women from more than 200 designers. 5405 Westheimer Road, 713.840.1477. www.thewebster.us/stores/houston TOOTSIESCL004364 Tootsies offers a luxurious shopping experience. Clothes from every designer and style imaginable are included in the collection and there is an ample shoe department. 2601 Westheimer Road, 713.629.9990. www.tootsies.com

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THE GUIDE ANTIQUES & GALLERIES H THE ANTIQUARIUM The Antiquarium is Houston’s largest carrier of antique prints, maps, documents, photographs, globes and much more. 3021 Kirby Drive, 713.622.7531. www.theantiquarium.com ANYA TISH GALLERY This established gallery showcases artists from around the globe including Texas-based artists, who comment on today's social issues. 4411 Montrose Blvd., Ste. 500, 713.524.2299. www.anyatishgallery.com CATHERINE COUTURIER GALLERYCL00459 This ever-expanding gallery is home to some of the area's best fine photography. With a particular eye for creativity, Catherine Couturier showcases distinguished and unique prints throughout the space. 2635 Colquitt St., 713.524.5070. www.catherinecouturier.com HEIGHTS STATION ANTIQUES Shoppers at this 1895 carriage barn rummage through more than 5,000 square feet of stained glass, lamps, memorabilia, furniture and jewelry. 121 Heights Blvd., 713.868.3175. www.heightsstationantiques.com JUMPER MAYBACH ABSTRACT AND CONTEMPORARY ART This gallery features the works of renowned artist Ben Workman— or Jumper Maybach. It’s fashion and interior design works are on display globally. 238 W. 19th St., 832.523.4249. www.jumpermaybach.com.

OFF THE WALL GALLERY Since its opening in 1978, the ever-changing gallery has presented a wide swath of artists, from emerging to masters, across the artistic spectrum. 5015 Westheimer Road, Ste. 2208, Houston Galleria, 713.871.0940. www.offthewallgallery.com RUDOLPH BLUME FINE ART/ ARTSCAN GALLERY Offering rotating exhibitions that highlight various forms of art, Rudolph Projects showcases a wide assortment of talent and genres. 1836 Richmond Ave., 713.807.1836. www.rudolphprojects.com THOMPSON’S ANTIQUE CENTER OF TEXAS Browse 17 aisles of antiques and collectibles in this 108,000-square-foot antique center, which sells everything from artwork and furniture to jewelry and books. 9950 Hempstead Road, 713.688.4211. www.antiquecenteroftexas.com

GIFTS & SPECIALTY STORES ARAYA The delicacies at Araya Artisan Chocolate are almost too beautiful to eat. With hand-painted exteriors and exotic flavors like Pink Salt and Margarita, Houstonians simply can’t get enough of these delicious bites. 1141 Uptown Park Blvd. Suite 00, 713.960.0850. www.arayachocolate.com BERING’S Named one of the nation’s best retail stores in America, Bering’s delivers superior customer service with a unique array of merchandise. From

decorative hardware to fine gifts and everything in-between, Bering’s is the place to shop. 6102 Westheimer Road and other locations, 713.785.6400. www.berings.com H.E.B. CENTRAL MARKET From entertaining cooking classes to unique produce items, Central Market gives anyone the power to be a gourmet chef. Find a wide selection of fresh seafood, freshly made bread and chef prepared foods to-go. 3815 Westheimer Road, 713.386.1700. www.centralmarket.com HIGH FASHION HOME This giant offers four stories and 125,000 square feet of home-furnishing options. Shoppers could completely outfit their homes with furniture, linens, lighting and accessories. 3100 Travis St., 713.528.3838. www.highfashionhome.com MAGPIES GIFTS This family-owned gift and home décor store has goodies for girlfriends, guests or a well-deserved pick-me-up. Lines such as Brighton and Kendra Scott don the store, as well as baby, kid and teen items. 5000 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, 713.661.9777. www.magpiesgifts.com MEREDITH O’DONNELL FINE FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES Elegance and modernity represent the aesthetics behind Meredith O’Donnell Fine Furniture. The showroom is stocked with classic, intricate and sleek pieces of furniture, window treatments, rugs and home accessories. 1751 Post Oak Blvd., 713.526.7332. www.meredithodonnell.com

H MODERN DOG HOUSE Give your dog a stylish and modern place to rest with top-notch dog houses and furniture crafted from the best wood, metal and leather. 171 Howell St., Dallas, 214.642.6760 www.moderndoghouse.com OIL & VINEGAR Oil & Vinegar is a treat for the culinary-minded. With endless samples of olive oil and vinegar plus collections of spices and flavored oils, this store is perfect for gift shopping and browsing. 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 1155, The Woodlands, 281.419.6601. www.oilandvinegarusa.com PRIDE OF PERSIA RUG COMPANY This rug gallery boasts an immense array of genuine rugs from towns, villages and cities in Persia. Visit the showroom—where the people know high quality rugs—to find a style unique to any home. 7050 Portwest Drive, Ste. 140, 713.522.7870. www.prideofpersia.com TEXAS TREASURES Find unusual items with Texas flair here. This tiny shop has items from stained glass artwork and cast-iron candlesticks to wooden postcards emblazoned with longhorns and armadillos. 303 Memorial City, 713.463.8799. www.txtreasures.com THE WILDE COLLECTION Embrace all things weird and wacky at the Wilde Collection in the Heights, a unique gift shop filled with artifacts, oddities, creepy curiosities and one-of-a-kind treasures from around the world. 1446 Yale St., 713.931.1904. www.wildecollection.com

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THE GUIDE HOME FURNISHINGS ASHLY FINE RUGSCL0042635 To add a touch of opulence to your home, head straight to Ashly Fine Rugs. The store carries only the finest quality pieces. It also specializes in custom-made rugs, cleaning and restoration. 20425 Katy Freeway, Ste. 300, Katy, 713.426.5454. www.ashleyrug.com THE ARRANGEMENTCL009125 The Arrangement has room to brag about its stellar abilities to provide homes and offices with chic furnishings and unforgettable style. 1721 Post Oak Blvd., 713.627.9009. www.thearrangement.com

JEWELRY & WATCHES DEUTSCH & DEUTSCH Deutsch & Deutsch Fine Jewelry and Watches offers the pinnacle of bedazzled perfection. Shop the company's latest and greatest array of fine jewels, diamonds, pearls, estate jewelry and watches. 3747 Westheimer Road, 713.627.7787. www.deutschjewelers.com IW MARKSCL006859 This family-owned jeweler has been outfitting Houstonians with stunning gems since 1978. IW Marks carries an impressive selection of fine jewelry and timepieces. 3841 Bellaire Blvd., 713.668.5000. www.iwmarks.com LESLEY ANN JEWELS Lesley Ann Jewels near the Houston Galleria stocks unique designer accessories (and a bridal collection) made with semiprecious stones and the discerning buyer in mind. 4721 Westheimer Road, 713.871.1074. www.lesleyannjewels.com

LEWIS JEWELERS An emphasis on relationships over sales has led Lewis to become one of the leading jewelers in the Houston area. Shop designer jewelry, revered timepieces and an excellent selection of certified diamonds and engagement rings. 1411 Uptown Park Blvd. and other locations, 281.671.8151. www.lewisusa.com H NAZAR’S FINE JEWELRY From elegant watches to timeless engagement rings, Nazar’s always caters to its customers. In business for more than 35 years, the store continues to be a Houston hot spot for any and all jewelry needs. 4901 Richmond Ave., 713.952.3687. www.nazarsandco.com OMEGACL00436 From space to keeping time at the Olympics, OMEGA has the perfect watch for each customer. 5015 Westheimer Road, Houston Galleria, 713.621.1122. www.omegawatches.com RICE VILLAGE DIAMONDS Carrying names such as Martin Flyer, this family-owned business offers diamonds for every occasion. The store also specializes in bridal design as well as jewelry repair for contemporary or vintage pieces. 2376 Rice Blvd., 713.526.1510. www.ricevillagediamonds.com ZADOK JEWELERS Zadok Jewelers’ knowledge of exquisite jewelry and luxury timepieces is steeped in family tradition. The huge showroom houses a vast selection of world-renowned jewelry, certified loose diamonds and engagement and wedding rings. 1749 Post Oak Blvd., 713.960.8950. www.zadok.com

SHOPPING CENTERS/ SHOPPING DISTRICTS CITYCENTRE Anchored by watch-and-dine concept Studio Movie Grill, as well as office towers and residential lofts, the mixed-use development features shops at a variety of price points: there's something for the whole family. 800 Town and Country Blvd., 713.629.5200. www.citycentrehouston.com H HIGHLAND VILLAGE Visitors will find a luxe shopping experience, along with a selective yet broad range of retailers, at this outdoor plaza. 4055 Westheimer Road, 713.850.3100. www.shophighlandvillage.com HOUSTON GALLERIA Located in Uptown Houston, The Galleria is a tourist attraction and a daily stop for locals. The mothership of all shopping, The Galleria welcomes more than 24 million annual visitors. 5085 Westheimer Road, Ste. 4850, 713.966.3500. www.simon.com/mall/the-galleria KATY MILLS MALL Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping center in South Texas, provides the ultimate shopping experience with nearly 200 outlet stores. 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy, 281.644.5000. www.simon.com/mall/katy-mills MITCHELL HISTORIC PROPERTIES Enjoy the best restaurant and shopping destinations downtown Galveston has to offer including The

Admiralty, Santa Fe Trail, Riondo’s Ristorante and much more. 2228 Mechanic St., 409.761.4102. www.mitchellhistoricproperties.com RIVER OAKS DISTRICT World-class retail meets luxury dining and entertainment at River Oaks District, just 25 minutes from Bush International Airport. Discover more than 50 distinctive boutiques from elite designers and labels. 4444 Westheimer Road, 713.904.1310. www.riveroaksdistrict.com UPTOWN PARK Located a stone’s throw from the Galleria, Uptown Park boasts itself as a European-style shopping experience. The center is lined with shops, boutiques and cafes that create an intimate, charming atmosphere. 1121 Uptown Park Blvd., 214.691.2306. www.uptownparkhouston.com THE WOODLANDS MALL The Woodlands Mall two-story shopping haven is home to everything from elite women’s fashion shops to dining venues, salons and more. 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, 281.363.3363. www.thewoodlandsmall.com

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THE GUIDE TAXFREE SHOPPING The Texas-based service works like this: register an account online, purchase items at any of its 6,000 participating retailers, then bring the items and receipts to a nearby refund location for an instant sales tax reimbursement. www.taxfreeshopping.com

SALONS & SPAS FIORI SPA This Tuscan-style villa offers extensive facial, hair-removal, body and nail treatments, including couples massages and the spa's signature fire and ice stone massage with hot and cold stones. 2613 Potomac Drive, 713.244.0070. www.fiorispa.com JOSEPHINE’S DAY SPA & SALON This full-service Aveda salon and spa is a one-stop-shop for head-to-toe beauty. Stylists specialize in haircuts, colors and extensions, while certified estheticians offer a variety of services. 5302 Morningside Drive and other locations, 281.768.8375. www.josephinedayspa.com VENETIAN SALON Treating yourself to a spa session has never been easier. Services include manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials and massages, as well as day packages and signature treatments for men. 4444 Westheimer Road Ste. D 145 and other locations, 713.993.9313. www.venetiansalon.com

MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS MUSEUMS AMERICAN COWBOY MUSEUM This museum at the Taylor Stevenson Ranch highlights the contributions Native Americans, African-Americans, Latinos and women made to cowboy culture. Explore it through tours, oral histories and exhibits. 11822 Almeda Road, 713.478.9677. www.americancowboymuseum.org BATTLESHIP TEXAS Founded nearly five decades ago, this museum is the first battleship memorial in the United States and is a national historic landmark. The U.S. Navy ship plays host to tours and is located near the San Jacinto Monument. 3523 Independence Parkway., La Porte, 281.479.2431. www.tpwd.state.tx.us BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM The museum tells the history of the Buffalo Soldiers, who earned their sobriquet from Cheyenne warriors impressed with their fierceness in 1867, through artifacts, documents and videos. 3816 Caroline St., 713.942.8920. www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com H CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON This giant museum is composed of more than a dozen exhibits for kids of all ages, including "Tot*Spot," which has learning activities for toddlers and their parents. 1500 Binz St., 713.522.1138. www.cmhouston.org

CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTONC The diverse culture of central Europe is displayed in this elegant site. Czech crystal, glass, porcelain, pottery and antique furniture help tell the story. The center also offers language classes and genealogy resources. Museum District, 4920 San Jacinto St., 713.528.2060. www.czechcenter.org GALVESTON NAVAL MUSEUM Learn the history behind World War II naval vessels submarine USS Cavalla and destroyer USS Stewart and make a day of it at Seawolf Park. 100 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston, 409.770.3196. www.americanunderseawarfarecenter.com HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON This inspiring museum, open since 1996, is dedicated to the legacy of the Holocaust and offers galleries, exhibitions and learning programs that seek to educate patrons on the dangers of intolerance and prejudice. 9220 Kirby Drive, 713.942.8000. www.hmh.org HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHYCL009138 True to its name, this location seeks to celebrate photography in all of its forms and offers education and fellowship programs in addition to its impressive facilities. 1441 W. Alabama, 713.529.4755. www.hcponline.org HOUSTON MARITIME MUSEUM Visitors encounter history here through 150-plus model ships, a collection of more than 100 navigational instruments and other artifacts. The museum plays host to lectures on

nautical topics and has a research library. 2311 Canal St., 713.225.1688. www.houstonmaritimemuseum.org H HOUSTON MUSEUM DISTRICT ASSOCIATIONL00459 Nineteen museums, including the Children’s Museum of Houston and The Menil Collection, are located within a 1.5-mile radius in downtown Houston. 1300 McGowan St., Ste. 120, 713.715.1939. www.houmuse.org. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCECL00913 This striking location offers special and permanent exhibitions and houses an IMAX 3D theater. The museum seeks to further the education of natural science and offers learning and outreach programs for both families and schools. 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 713.639.4629. www.hmns.org THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON More than 65,000 works of art from ancient times to today are on display. Collections include African gold, ancient Asian art, Latin American art, photography and textiles. 1001 Bissonnet St., 713.639.7300. www.mfah.org H OCEAN STAR OFFSHORE DRILLING RIG & MUSEUMCL004321 This fun-filled museum lets visitors explore a retired drilling rig and three floors of interactive displays, videos and exhibits. Don’t forget to take the skywalk out onto the drill floor of the rig. Pier 19, Harborside Drive, Galveston, 409.766.7827. www.oceanstaroec.com

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THE GUIDE ORANGE SHOW CENTER FOR VISIONARY ARTCL009140 This immersive folk-art location houses the Art Car Parade, the Beer Can House and more distinct activities and exhibitions. 2402 Munger St., 713.926.6368. www.orangeshow.org STATION MUSEUMCL004693 Social activist artists are given their due at the Station Museum. The work displayed for the public, often political in nature, is embraced as a means to civil discourse. 1502 Alabama St., 713.529.6900. www.stationmuseum.com THE HERITAGE SOCIETYCL009135 Sam Houston Park is the setting for this collection of restored historic structures. Visitors can wander through buildings and view exhibits delving into the city's rich past. 1100 Bagby St., 713.655.1912. www.heritagesociety.org

ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT BOHEMEO’SCL003825 This venue claims to be the West End’s first music and art coffee house. The cozy cafe has stages both indoors and outdoors featuring live music. 708 Telephone Road, 713.923.4277. www.bohemeos.com BUFFALO BAYOU PARK Just west of Houston’s Theater District, along Buffalo Bayou, is a thriving green space with hiking and biking trails that link downtown’s Memorial, Buffalo Bayou, Sam Houston and Sesquicentennial parks. 3600 Memorial Drive, 713.752.0314. www.buffalobayou.org

H CITYPASSCL006024 This money-saving ticket booklet gives access to five of Houston’s top attractions, including NASA’s Space Center Houston, the Downtown Aquarium, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and more. Passes are sold online or at any of the participating attractions. 888.330.5008. www.citypass.com/houston DISCOVERY GREENCL004152 This 12-acre public park is a haven for Houston residents and tourists alike. A destination for fun, dining, art, play and relaxation, enjoy exercise classes on the lawn and dine at the Lake House or The Grove. 1500 McKinney St., 713.400.7336. www.discoverygreen.com H DOWNTOWN AQUARIUMCL005213 The Downtown Aquarium isn’t just for dining on fresh seafood and American classics—the gumbo and broiled stuffed shrimp are incredible—at the underwater Aquarium restaurant, it’s also the setting of a great underwater adventure. 410 Bagby St., 713.223.3474; Kemah Boardwalk, Ste. 11, Kemah, 281.334.9010. www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston H GALVESTON ISLAND HISTORIC PLEASURE PIERCL005213 Once a 1940s hot spot, history is reborn at this famous Galveston attraction. From seaside dining to modern roller coasters and thrilling rides, the Pleasure Pier has something for kids of all ages. 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 855.789.7437. www.pleasurepier.com

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THE GUIDE GERALD D. HINES WATERWALL PARK The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is a Houston landmark featuring a 64-foot architectural fountain, recirculating 11,000 gallons of water per minute. The serene atmosphere is a welcome contrast to the rest of downtown. 2800 Post Oak Blvd., 713.850.8841. www.uptown-houston.com/news/ page/water-wall-park GOODE’S ARMADILLO PALACE There's no doubt this is Texas when at this temple to the Lone Star State. Texas bands are onstage and state paraphernalia covers the walls. The dance hall's bar food comes recommended. 5015 Kirby Drive, 713.526.9700. www.thearmadillopalace.com H THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE This circa-1894 theater presents an annual performing arts season that brings stars and popular productions to Galveston, from Broadway musicals to comedy and live music. 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894. or 409.765.1894. www.thegrand.com H HILTON GALVESTON ISLAND RESORT0 Enjoy a stay at the beach with rooms and suites that gorgeous Gulf of Mexico views, a swim-up bar and grill and 10 walkable restaurants. 5400 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 409.744.5000. www3.hilton.com

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theaters, a first-class restaurant and all-encompassing views of downtown. 800 Bagby, Ste. 300, 713.315.2400. www.thehobbycenter.org H HOLIDAY INN GALVESTON ON THE BEACH0 Take a break from the beach and enjoy tennis courts, a children's pool with waterfalland games at Arcade Island. Babysitting services are available. 5002 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 409.740.5300. www.ihg.com/holidayinnresorts/hotels/us/en/galveston HOUSTON BALLETCL0 Touted as “one of America’s best ballet companies,” this accomplished venue works with other top groups in the U.S. to further the exploration and encouragement of new theatrical pieces as well as beloved classics. 501 Texas Ave., Wortham Theater Center, 713.227.2787. www.houstonballet.org HOUSTON GRAND OPERACL0091360 The Houston Grand Opera is renowned nationwide for the quality of its productions and its reputation for excellence. The opera works with a wide assortment of talent to create innovative and arresting productions. 510 Preston St., 713.546.0200. www.houstongrandopera.org HOUSTON SYMPHONY When hearing the Houston Symphony, it’s all about great music at the prominent Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston. The organization is celebrated nationwide for its top-notch performances and reputation for professionalism. 615 Louisiana St., Ste. 102, 713.224.7575. www.houstonsymphony.org

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THE GUIDE HOUSTON ZOO Located inside the scenic Hermann Park Conservancy, the Houston Zoo now houses more than 6,000 reptiles, amphibians, aquatic specimen and wildlife. Exhibits include the African Forest and Wortham World of Primates. 6200 Hermann Park Drive, 713.533.6500. www.houstonzoo.org K1 SPEED INDOOR GO-KART RACING From karting tournaments to birthday parties, K1 Speed is the place for authentic racing experiences with its European electric karts, indoor asphalt tracks and racing leagues. 14900 Northwest Freeway, 281.674.8012. www.k1speed.com H KEMAH BOARDWALKCL006857 Located on Galveston Bay, the Kemah Boardwalk gives visitors an old-fashioned amusement-park experience complete with a double-decker carousel, Ferris wheel, thrilling rides and multiple dining options. 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, 877.285.3624. www.kemahboardwalk.com MINUTE MAID PARKCL0 The Houston Astros' home is a bright light in the skyline. The stadium blends a design inspired by early-20th-century architecture and Houston’s celebrated Union Station, with modern touches including the stadium’s retractable roof. 501 Crawford St., 713.259.8000. www.astros.com MOODY GARDENS Visitors flock from across Texas to this nature-friendly venue housing a 10-story aquarium and rainforest pyramids, man-made beach, hotel, spa, convention center and 4D

Theater. One Hope Blvd., Galveston, 409.744.4673. www.moodygardens.com ORIGINAL OKRA CHARITY SALOONCL Drink proceeds go to charity. Cast a nightly vote for one of four charities with the one tallying the most votes at the end of the month receiving the next month's proceeds. 924 Congress Ave., 713.237.8828. www.friedokra.org PIER 21 Located on Galveston’s historic harbor in the Historic Strand Seaport Area, Pier 21 offers a variety of attractions and restaurants, plus lodging at the pier’s exclusive hotel and marina, Harbor House. 2100 Harborside Drive, Galveston, 409.761.4111. www.pier21galveston.com REVENTION MUSIC CENTER Voted Houston's best venue for live music, patrons can have it all here. Acts at Revention Music Center range from rock, smooth jazz, hiphop, R&B, plays and more. 520 Texas Ave., 713.230.1600. www.reventionmusiccenter.com SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE This lush room attracts a well-heeled crowd for dinner, drinks and music. The after-dinner menu has an extensive list of wines, ports, liquors and cigars. 909 Texas Ave., 713.224.5299. www.sambucarestaurant.com SPACE CENTER HOUSTONCL0072914 Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Check out the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, the Mission

Control Center and Independence Plaza. 1601 NASA Parkway, 281.244.2100. www.spacecenter.org THE ENSEMBLE THEATRECL0091357 Founded more than four decades ago, this performing arts center strives to preserve African-American culture through works portraying the African- American experience. It produces a full season of works each year. 3535 Main St., 713.520.0055. www.ensemblehouston.com H THE SAN LUIS RESORT, SPA & CONFERENCE CENTERCL00812 This 30-acre beachfront resort in Galveston is a perfect getaway. From gorgeous views of the Gulf to award-winning dining and a tropical heated pool, staying at the San Luis Resort is a vacation within itself. 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 409.744.1500. 2nd 800.445.0090. www.sanluisresort.com THE WOODLANDS Home to an expansive mall, boutiques and restaurants, the Woodlands is a lush, upscale neighborhood with an outdoor pavilion. The Woodlands plays host to seasonal festivals and family entertainment throughout the year. The Woodlands. www.thewoodlands.com

AZUMA SUSHI & ROBATA BAR Asian. One of Houston’s most popular lunch spots serves up a great variety of sushi combinations, such as tuna, salmon, crab, shrimp and a California roll. 909 Texas St. and other locations, 713.223.0909. www.azumarestaurant.com B&B BUTCHERS & RESTAURANT Steak. This butcher shop and steakhouse provides only the finest USDA prime beef and superior meats, dry-aged and hand-cut daily in the shop. Dine inside or on the spacious rooftop patio. 1814 Washington Ave., 713.862.1814. www.bbbutchers.com H BABIN’S SEAFOOD HOUSECL006891 Seafood. Serving up New Orleansstyle seafood, Babin’s is known for its Creole gumbo, succulent crawfish, shrimp and grits and shucked-to-order oysters. 17485 Tomball Parkway, 281.477.9300. www.babinsseafood.com

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H BRENNER'S STEAKHOUSE Steak. A Houston staple since 1936 offering brunch, lunch and dinner, Brenner’s Steakhouse serves succulent steaks in a classic, elegant atmosphere. 10911 Katy Freeway and other locations, 713.465.2901. www.brennerssteakhouse.com

ALEXANDER THE GREATCL005742 Greek. Located in the heart of Houston, this Greek restaurant provides a diverse menu and great wine list, accompanied by a belly dancer on Friday and Saturday nights. 3055 Sage Road, Ste. 170, 713.622.2778. www.alexanderthegreat.cc

H BRICK HOUSE TAVERN & TAP American. This is where friends gather around flat screen TVs and comfy leather recliners relaxing over craft brews and a chef-inspired menu. 17111 Tomball Parkway and other locations, 832.912.1094. www.brickhousetavernandtap.com

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H BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.CL0065131 Seafood. Bubba Gump’s takes pride in serving fresh seafood with a Southern- and Cajun-inspired twist. Try popular options such as stuffed shrimp and Dixie-style baby back ribs. Kemah Boardwalk, Ste. 5, Kemah, and other locations, 281.334.2881. www. bubbagump.com H CADILLAC BARCL00681 Mexican. Cadillac Bar is a Mexicanfood hot spot with a fun, festive atmosphere. It has more than 70 tequilas behind the bar, so get ready for a party. Serving lunch and dinner all week and a fabulous Sunday brunch. 1802 Shepherd Drive, 713.862.2020. www.cadillacbar.com. CAFE ANNIE Regional. This is commonly considered one of Houston’s most impressive restaurants. The gourmet seasonal entrées may include Texas red fish and wood grilled rabbit. 1800 Post Oak Blvd., 713.840.1111. www.cafeanniehouston.com CAFE GINGER UPTOWN Chinese. This sleek restaurant with expansive windows and dark wood accents is the perfect place to gather for sushi. The menu also features traditional Chinese favorites like Mongolian beef and General Tso's chicken. 2200 Post Oak Blvd., 713.599.0022. www.cafegingeruptown.com CYCLONE ANAYACL003824 Latin American/Mexican. Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen is some of the best Mexican food you will ever have! The fish tacos are delightful, as are the crab enchiladas.

309 Gray St. and other locations, 713.520.6969. www.cycloneanaya.com DIVINO RESTAURANT & WINE BARCL00428 Italian. The heavily northern Italian menu offers risotto and pasta (there’s a spicy shrimp fettuccini with saffron), and entrees such as grilled Texas quail with morello cherries. There is an extensive wine list. 1830 W. Alabama St., 713.807.1123. www.divinoitalian.com H EL TIEMPO CANTINACL003840 Latin American/Mexican. Fajitas and margaritas ... is there anything better? If in Texas, diners must partake in the sizzling-hot Mexican cuisine at El Tiempo. They are known for serving outstanding Mexican meals. 3130 Richmond Ave., 713.807.1600. www.eltiempocantina.com ESCALANTE’S FINE TEX-MEX & TEQUILA Tex-Mex. Escalante’s has been serving tequila and fine Tex-Mex fare made with family recipes since 1993. Stop by one of the restaurant’s area locations for flavorful food, handcrafted margaritas and top-notch service. Highland Village, 4053 Westheimer Road and other locations, 713.623.4200. www.escalantes.net EUGENE'S GULF COAST CUISINE Regional. Expect to find the freshest of fish from the Texas Gulf Coast and the best steaks expertly cooked and grilled over oak and hickory. 1985 Welch St., 713.807.8883. www.eugeneshouston.com

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THE GUIDE THE FISH Sushi. A chic, modern interior sets the tone for a meal of fresh sushi rolls and entrees. Do not miss the specialty rolls like the Surf and Turf, with lobster katsu, kobe beef and avocado. 309 Gray St., Ste. 107, 713.526.5294. www.fishhouston.net H FISH TALES Seafood. Find deliciously prepared Gulf Coast cuisine—from oysters on the half shell to crawfish—as well as seasonal and specialty cocktails (with a great happy-hour menu) at this oceanside seafood restaurant in Galveston. 2502 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 409.762.8545. www.fishtalesgalveston.com H FISHERMAN’S WHARF Seafood. Housed in a former shrimp and fish “factory” from the 1940s, Fisherman’s Wharf is a family-friendly seafood grill located right off The Strand, Galveston’s historic district, adjacent to the Texas Seaport Museum. 2200 Harborside Drive, Galveston, 409.765.5708. www.fishermanswharfgalveston.com FLOYD’S CAJUN SEAFOOD COMPANYCL0042853 Regional. CLCome here for a drink which offers all manner of cocktails, or a plateful of spicy seafood. There are various oyster offerings, fried shrimp, crawfish and other types of fish food. 20760 Gulf Freeway,, Webster and other locations, 713.748.2233. www.floydsseafood.com. FRENCHY’S CHICKEN Southern. The titular chicken has a spicy crunch and isn’t greasy. Side dishes include beans and rice, greens

and Creole-spiced fries. Sweetpotato pie and peach cobbler show up for dessert. 3919 Scott St., University of Houston and other locations, 713.748.2233. www.frenchyschicken.com H GIACOMO’S CIBO E VINO Italian. At this humble Italian café, dine alfresco while finding a variety of simple, fresh flavors perfect for sharing, as well as comforting dishes like pasta e fagioli, ratatouille and homemade ravioli. 3215 Westheimer Road, 713.522.1934. www.giacomosciboevino.com GOODE COMPANY BARBEQUE Barbecue. This popular local haunt has been serving up traditional Texas barbecue for more than four decades, with smoky aromas and sounds of country-western music as dining companions. 5109 Kirby Drive and other locations, 713.522.2530. www.goodecompany.com. GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIACL0 Italian. All of Grimaldi’s pizzas are cooked to perfection in a coal-fired brick oven. This technique makes for an extremely flavorful taste with a crispy crust that’s to-die-for. 1248 Queensbury Lane, Ste. 101 and other locations, 713.463.3730. www.grimaldispizzeria.com. H GROTTO Italian. Keeping the Italian tradition of hospitality alive, Grotto serves its authentic cuisine in an Old World setting. Offerings include salads, pizzas, pastas, seafood and an extensive collection of Italian and domestic wines. 4715 Westheimer Road and other locations, 713.622.3663. www.grottohouston.com

H THE GROVE American. Located in the heart of downtown, The Grove features upscale dining in a chic, yet warm, modern setting. The second floor Treehouse deck offers patrons a relaxing atmosphere to kick back with cocktail in hand. 1611 Lamar St., 713.337.7321. www.thegrovehouston.com GUADALAJARA HACIENDA Mexican. Take a seat in Houston’s home for fine Mexican cuisine and authentic hospitality. Try the sizzling fajitas or explore new avenues with dishes like grilled quail and Texas redfish. 1201 San Jacinto, Ste. 141 and other locations, 713.650.0101. www.guadalajarahacienda.com HARRY’S RESTAURANT American. This family-owned restaurant serves up home-style breakfast and lunch infused with the fresh flavors of Greece and the Mediterranean, from country-breakfast platters to chicken souvlaki. 318 Tuam St., 713.528.0198. www.harrysrestaurantcafe.com HOME PLATE BAR & GRILL American. The kitchen produces delicious burgers and wings with game-day specials when the Astros, who play just across the street, are on. 1800 Texas Ave., 713.222.1993. www.homeplategrill.com HUGO’S Latin American/Mexican. Hugo’s serves authentic Mexican cuisine, using fresh ingredients to create light and flavorful dishes that span all of the different regions of Mexico. 1600 Westheimer Road, 713.524.7744. www.hugosrestaurant.net

INDIKA Indian. Modern Indian cuisine is the hallmark of this upscale establishment from chef/owner Anita Jaisinghani. The menu is comprised mostly of traditional favorites, prepared to suit a more sophisticated palate. 516 Westheimer Road, 713.524.2170. www.indikausa.com H JOE’S CRAB SHACK Seafood. Crab is the main attraction here and Joe’s delivers in a delicious way, or select shrimp and lobster options. There is plenty for landlubbers as well. 3502 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 409.766.1515. www.joescrabshack.com KATZ’S DELI AND BAR Deli. Katz’s Deli is a New York-style deli that is open 24 hours. Get your fill of half-pound sandwiches, franks, breakfast or classic dinner options any time of day. 616 Westheimer Road and other locations, 713.521.3838. www.ilovekatzs.com H KENNY & ZIGGY’S NEW YORK DELICATESSEN RESTAURANT American. Serving house-cured deli meat, New York smoked fish and made-to-order everything, Kenny & Ziggy’s brings the authentic New York deli experience to Texas. 2327 Post Oak Blvd. and other locations, 713.871.8883. www.kennyandziggys.com. KILLEN’S STEAKHOUSE Steak. This unassuming beef temple focuses on churning out expertly grilled steaks. Other highlights include hand-cut French fries and the crème brûlée bread pudding for dessert. 6425 W. Broadway St., Pearland, 281.485.0844. www.killenssteakhouse.com

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KIRAN’S Indian. Chef Kiran Verma’s fine dining restaurant serves classically prepared Indian dishes, infused with French and American influences and a farm-to-table mentality. 2925 Richmond Ave., 713.960.8472. www.kiranshouston.com H KUU RESTAURANT Japanese/Sushi. Its name means “the art of eating,” and KUU Restaurant takes that to heart. The modern Japanese restaurant specializes in locally raised, seasonal, tapasstyle dishes developed by former Nobu chef Adison Lee. 947 Gessner Road, Ste. A180, 713.461.1688. www.kuurestaurant.com H LA GRIGLIA Italian. Transport the taste buds to a classic Italian trattoria for dishes native to Tuscany. Festive hues of yellow, green and blue pepper the establishment, which offers an eclectic range of fresh fish, pastas and vegetables. 2002 W. Gray St., 713.526.4700. www.lagrigliarestaurant.com LA MEXICANA RESTAURANT Mexican. In 1982, a family bought a small Mexican grocery and turned it into this well-received restaurant. Traditional dishes are served here for breakfast through dinner; options include eggs with fried tortilla strips and enchiladas. 1018 Fairview St., 713.521.0963. www.lamexicanarestaurant.com LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE Seafood. This original Gulf Coast seafood and steak restaurant offers fresh catch-of-the-day options to traditional staples like fish and chips, lobster tail and chowder. A famed national chain, it all started in Katy.

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22215 Katy Freeway, Katy, and other locations, 281.392.0452. www.landrysseafood.com. H LAURENZO’S RESTAURANT Steak. From brunch specialties to evening cocktails, Laurenzo’s serves everything with a little Texas flair. Patrons can’t go wrong with menu items like ahi tuna steak and the famed prime rib. 4412 Washington Ave., 713.880.5111. www.laurenzos.com H LUPE TORTILLA Latin American/Mexican. It’s Tex-Mex with a twist at this fiery joint complete with tableside guacamole, homemade tortillas and the famous lime pepper marinated fajitas and a tempting selection of margaritas. 2414 Southwest Freeway and other locations, 713.522.4420. www.lupetortilla.com H MASTRO'S STEAKHOUSE Steak. This swanky, upscale steakhouse serves prime steaks and Japanese and Australian waygu tomahawks, but don’t miss out on the delectable seafood. 1650 W. Loop S., 713.993.2500. www.mastrosrestaurants.com.

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THE GUIDE MOLINA’S CANTINA Latin American/Mexican. This family-owned diner is a perennial favorite among locals for its authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. Specialty plates are served in a festive atmosphere while signature margaritas and tequilas make for lively weeknight happy hours. 7901 Westheimer Road and other locations, 713.782.0611. www.molinasrestaurants.com. H MORTON’S GRILLE Steak. A hip business crowd heads to this sleek and contemporary restaurant. Dine on menu items like buffalo-chicken meatballs, filet mignon and a Cajun pork chop inside or on the patio. 25 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, 832.585.0794. www.mortonsgrille.com H MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Steak. Morton’s has everything from its signature cut prime New York strip to delicious soups, fresh seafood specialties and more. Don’t miss happy hour at Bar 12.21 to experience more of the restaurant’s sophisticated atmosphere. 1001 McKinney St. and other locations, 713.659.3700. www.mortons.com. H MOXIE'S BAR & GRILL American. This casual yet stylish restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere for gathering with friends over craft cocktails or a pint of beer. Sink your teeth into a hand-cut steak or share a fresh-smashed guacamole. 5000 Westheimer Road, 346.571.6164. us.moxies.com NIKO NIKO’S GREEK & AMERICAN CAFE Greek. Open for more than 20 years, the authentic, yet affordable Niko Niko’s serves up some of the best 60

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PELI PELI Global. This South African restaurant has the perfect setting for an intimate fine dining experience. Try the filet medallions with five signature sauces. 110 Vintage Park Blvd. and other locations, 281.257.9500. www.pelipeli.com H POST OAK GRILL Eclectic. 0This luxe eatery co-mingles an elegant atmosphere with classic, high-quality cuisine. Choose from rich pastas, seafood, premium center-cut steaks and chops. Stop by for happy hour and enjoy relaxing piano music. 1111 Louisiana St., Ste. B, 713.650.1700. www.postoakgrill.com THE REMINGTON New American. The Remington is red-hot—from the flame-hued walls to the New American menu with a Texas kick. The Remington Bar keeps things sizzling with live music on weekends. St. Regis Hotel, 1919 Briar Oaks Lane, 713.840.7600. www.stregishoustonhotel.com RISE Nº2 French. French charm exudes from Rise, a contemporary bistro outfitted with French antiques. Start with marshmallow soup, but don't forget: soufflé is the star here. 1700 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 290, 713.850.7473. www.risesouffle.com H SALTGRASS STEAKHOUSE American, Steak. The name of this popular venue dates back to the 1800s. The restaurant keeps the tradition of Old West excellence with its Certified Angus Beef Steaks, fresh seafood selections and more. 1803 Shepherd Drive and other locations, 713.869.7074. www.saltgrass.com.

SEASONS 52 New American. This fresh grill and wine bar features New American fare made with the freshest ingredients, all served in a chic settting. Select from the award-winning wine list; 52 are available by the glass. The Millennium High Street, 4410 Westheimer Road and other locations, 713.621.5452. www.seasons52.com. H THE STEAKHOUSE Steak. One of Galveston’s finest restaurants, The Steakhouse is consistently selected as one of the area’s top steakhouses. Find high-quality cuisine and an award-winning wine list in an elegant atmosphere. The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 800.445.0090. www.sanluisresort.com H VIC & ANTHONY’S Steak. The steakhouse offers incredible filet mignon, as well as an irresistible range of chicken, seafood and salad options. The piano lounge and gorgeous upstairs ballroom complete the swanky, upscale experience. 1510 Texas Ave., 713.228.1111. www.vicandanthonys.com H WILLIE G’S Seafood. Noted as one of the finest seafood restaurants in the country, Willie G’s serves dishes from its large menu fresh and Louisiana-style, featuring classics such as Oysters Rockefeller. 1640 West Loop S. and other locations, 713.840.7190. www.williegs.com.

NIGHTLIFE THE CELLAR BAR This pleasant dive bar has an extensive beer list, offered at affordable prices. The room offers a few pool tables and


an area where DJs occasionally spin and the bartender mixes a good hurricane. 3140 Richmond Ave., 713.528.6435. www.thecellarbar.org DEAN’S DOWNTOWN Dean’s Downtown has a lot of history and a well-curated menu of classic cocktails. With a contemporary, cozy vibe and weekly live performances from the area’s top singer-songwriters, Dean’s is a local favorite. 316 Main St., 713.227.3326. www.deansdowntown.com EL BIG BAD A gastro-cantina serving handcrafted infused tequilas and seriously inspired margaritas. Infusions are seasonal; one visit might bring a cocktail mixed with vanilla habanero while another gets you a peanut butter-infused tequila. 419 Travis St., 713.229.8181. www. elbigbad.com LITTLE WOODROW’S A favorite hangout of Houstonians for happy hour and casual get-togethers, Little Woodrow’s is known for its big deck and ice-cold beers, It’s a no-frills place to unwind. 5611 Morningside Drive and other locations, 713.521.2337 www.littlewoodrows.com H THE MEN’S CLUB For three decades, The Men’s Club of Houston has served as a premier upscale venue for men’s entertainment. Its expansive wine list and fine-dining restaurant are just a few of the amenities. 3303 Sage Road, 713.629.7900. www. mensclub.com

PROHIBITION THEATRE The theatre and event space plays host to weekend burlesque performances that entertain guests as they enjoy Prohibition’s prix fixe dinner and hand-selected drink menu. 1008 Prairie St., 281.940.4636. www.prohibitionhouston.com

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THE RAILYARD Skeeball, arcade games and a vintage photo booth round out the laidback experience at The Railyard, a neighborhood bar and local hangout known for its domestic and craft beers. 4200 San Felipe St., 713.621.4000. www.railyardhouston.com UNDER THE VOLCANO04371 Fresh-squeezed juices and herbs create craft cocktails with a LatinAmerican flair as does the cuisine. Venture in to find live music nights, vinyl nights and weekly specials. 2349 Bissonnet St., 713.526.5282. www.underthevolcanohouston.com.

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KATY I-10 @ MASON RD. (281) 829-9200

WOODLANDS I-45 @ TAMINA RD. (281) 296-8829

BABINSSEAFOOD.COM

VELVET MELVIN PUB4381 Dark wood paneling lines the walls at this dive bar. Either inside or on the patio, regulars saddle up for cheap drinks and tasty pizza. 3303 Richmond Ave., 713.522.6798. H VIVID GENTLEMEN’S CLUB A top-rated lounge and gentlemen’s club, Vivid offers two bars, four stages, VIP tables, bottle service and a hip nightlife scene. 2618 Winrock Blvd., 713.974.2100. www.vividgentlemensclub.com

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THE GROVE The Grove welcomes you and your guests to a truly unique dining experience amidst Houston’s lush Discovery Green Park, in the vibrant heart of downtown. With award winning architecture and beautiful interior design, all while maintaining LEED Gold status, The Grove offers an ambiance and setting of unsurpassed beauty. The restaurant is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows which provide stunning views of Discovery Green Park and the downtown skyline; the perfect complement to your dining experience or special event. The Grove is owned and operated by the Schiller-Del Grande Restaurant Group which has proudly been serving the city of Houston for over 35 years. James Beard Award-winning Chef/Partner Robert Del Grande, with Chef De Cuisine Ryan Williams, have crafted an exquisite Modern Texas cuisine. Our menu features rotisserie and grilled meats, artisanal cheeses and proudly supports resident farmers and fisherman by serving a variety of fresh local produce as well as fresh, Gulf fish. The wine program is thoughtful, unique and will enhance your visit in a most memorable way. Our professional staff will provide an unparalleled and impeccable service. At The Grove, we know you have immense destination dining options, but none can deliver the same distinctive excellence through an embellished experience. This knowledgeable and personalized service, fresh & local food, all combined with The Grove’s phenomenal setting will ensure an experience you are not soon to forget, and that you will be anxious to do again soon! 1611 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77010

713.337.7321

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LUPE TORTILLA Lupe Tortilla Is Texas’-Mex! Any trip to Houston isn’t complete without a visit to Lupe Tortilla, now a Texas institution that first opened their doors in 1983! Opening daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner with 15 area locations, there’s a location just a short Uber ride away. A bustling spot to see and be seen, unlike some restaurants with multiple locations, Lupe Tortilla makes everything by hand at each chef-run restaurant. Their culinary team uses only high-quality, premium cuts of meat and the freshest locally sourced produce and ingredients to create their unique offerings, including fresh crafted salsas, crispy thin corn tortilla chips and warm, hand-rolled flour and hard-pressed corn tortillas that are always made to order. The scene at “Lupe’s” as the locals call it, is lively but relaxing and perfect for any occasion, from meeting clients for lunch to happy hour on the patio with friends or a casual dinner. Ask the seasoned and knowledgeable staff to start you out with an artfully-prepared, hand-shaken margarita made with only freshly-squeezed juices and some table side guacamole, made with hand-hulled, large Haas avocados. Lupe fans and critics alike will tell you not to miss the selfproclaimed “world-famous” lime-pepper marinated beef and chicken fajitas, brought to yet another level when you add the bacon-wrapped Pepper Shrimp. Have a large gathering? Their intimate private dining rooms and off-site catering services can accommodate any type of event for 10 guests or as many as 1000. After one visit to Lupe’s you’re sure to recognize what Texans have known for over 35 years. Lupe Tortilla isn’t just ordinary Tex-Mex, as they say, they’re “Texas’-Mex, and proud of it y’all”. Visit Our 15 locations in Houston www.tex-mex.com

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EL TIEMPO CANTINA In 1949, the Laurenzo family began selling corn and flour tortillas, taco and chalupa shells, barbacoa de res, tamales and pizza pies on Navigation Boulevard in Houston’s Second Ward. In 1973, the family introduced the sizzling fajitas and tacos al carbon to Houston. For more than three generations, Houstonians have enjoyed their signature Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine at lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Join us and enjoy homemade family recipes made fresh everyday! ¥Goza Cada Momento! Greenway Plaza: 3130 Richmond Avenue

713.807.1600

Midtown: 322 Westheimer Road

713.807.8101

Energy Corridor: 2605 S. Gessner Road

713.785.1220

Washington Corridor/Memorial Park: 5602 Washington Avenue

713.681.3645

Downtown: 2814 Navigation Boulevard

713.222.6800

Montrose: 1308 Montrose Boulevard

713.807.8996

Webster: 20237 Gulf Freeway

713.802.1580

Vintage Park: 114 Vintage Park Boulevard

281.374.0500

Stafford: 12710 Southwest Freeway

346.350.5016

eltiempocantina.com

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KENNY & ZIGGY’S

NEW YORK DELICATESSEN RESTAURANT From NY to LA, everyone loves Kenny & Ziggy’s! Known for its sky-scraping sandwiches, bountiful breakfast plates and other delicious dishes, the deli makes authenticity the key, from the crunchy pickles to the egg creams. Everything is done in-house, from smoking and curing meats to slicing the smoked fish flown in from New York. Ziggy Gruber is the chef and third-generation New York Deliman. His grandfather opened the first Jewish deli on Broadway which explains items on the menu like Fiddler on the Roof of My Mouth and Give Me Liverty or Give Me Schmaltz! Since 2000. this New York-style delicatessen in the heart of Houston is among the best in the nation. Featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in 2009, and the hit documentary “Deli Man” in 2014, this not-to-be-missed dining spot is where you bring your appetite - there is not much portion control! GALLERIA 2327 Post Oak at Westheimer Houston

713.871.8883 WEST UNIVERSITY 5172 Buffalo Speedway

832.767.1136 www.kennyandziggys.com

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LAURENZO’S RESTAURANT The Laurenzo family has been serving the Houston community since 1949. Laurenzo’s Restaurant embraces the family’s Italian, Mexican and American culinary heritage in their dishes. The menu includes fresh Seafood, Prime Rib, Prime steaks, home-made pasta, fresh bread and much more. The Laurenzo’s have a passion for cooking with love and work hard to deliver amazing dishes cooked from scratch with the freshest ingredients. At the restaurant, each customer is given exceptional service from friendly staff in a wonderful atmosphere. Great food served with a smile is what Laurenzo’s work hard to deliver each day. Come visit us for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch! Comfort food classics, made fresh everyday! 4412 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007

713.880.5111 laurenzos.com

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VIC & ANTHONY’S STEAKHOUSE Indulge at One of America’s Top Ten Steakhouses

Located in the heart of Downtown Houston near Minute Maid Park, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse features an award-winning menu with the finest prime beef and freshest seafood, as well as an extensive wine collection. The high-quality food is complemented by one-of-a-kind hospitality, impeccable service and an elegant atmosphere. The menu features an array of appetizers such as Maple Glazed Quail and Petrossian Caviar. Featured salads include a Steakhouse Chopped Salad, Pear & Saga Blue Cheese and classic Caesar. Not to be overlooked is the selection of USDA Prime grain-fed beef, including Ribeye, Porterhouse and Filet Mignon, all with a bone-in option. Among the succulent seafood selections are Australian Rock Lobster Tail, Live Maine Lobster, Alaskan King Crab and Shrimp Scampi. Vic & Anthony’s also offers Veal and Lamb Chops, Chicken and more. In addition to the breathtaking main dining room, the restaurant offers three private rooms, a piano lounge and bar, and a wine room which holds more than 1,000 bottles. Vic & Anthony’s has received accolades from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, Gayot and Zagat, and has earned the distinction as one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in America. Come experience the extraordinary cuisine and superb service that makes Vic & Anthony’s famous. Open 7 days a week for dinner service, Monday – Friday for lunch. Reservations recommended. 1510 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

713.228.1111 www.vicandanthonys.com

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KUU

THE ART OF EATING Artistic, passionate and educated are three words diners often use to describe Adison Lee while enjoying his culinary expertise at his Japanese fusion flagship, Kuu Restaurant. Combining his foreknowledge of Japanese fish and sushi techniques with haute cuisine and local ingredients, Chef Lee designated his Houston debut, Kuu, which translates to “the art of eating” in Japanese. At Kuu, patrons will experience Lee’s culinary prowess as they feast on the finest of fish from the Pacific waters of Japan paired with local fruits and vegetables truly combining East and West. Lee and his expertly trained staff invite you to dine, sip and experience all he and his vision have to offer. “10 Best Sushi Restaurants” - Culturemap Houston “One of the Hottest Sushi Restaurants in Houston” - Zagat “Best Sushi Restaurant 2015 & ”Best Japanese Restaurant of 2016 - Houston Press “Award of Excellence” for 2015, 2016, 2017 - Wine Spectator 947 Gessner Rd., #A180, Houston, TX 77024

713.461.1688

www.kuurestaurant.com

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MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE Mastro’s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouse and Ocean Club Seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience… A trip to Mastro’s Steakhouse is a culinary adventure of pure refinement and excellence. Recognized among the nation’s most extraordinary restaurants. The menu features 16 different steaks and chops-ranging from an eight-ounce petite filet to a 48-ounce double cut porterhouse-and an array of fresh seafood selections. Enjoy live entertainment at the bar seven nights a week while sipping on handcrafted cocktails and eclectic wines. Mastro’s is committed to delivering an unforgettable experience, every time. 1650 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027

713.993.2500 www.mastrosrestaurants.com

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GROTTO Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and entertaining atmosphere. At Grotto, everything is homemade, and you will find only the freshest of ingredients in every dish, from our new creations to the classics that patrons have enjoyed for years. Start with the impressive antipasti display. It’s the largest you’ll find and always filled with the freshest creations from the chef. Satisfy your craving for pasta with one of the specialties of the house. Authentic Italian food deserves to be paired with a fine Italian wine, and Grotto offers a unique collection to complement your meal. If wine isn’t your thing, try one of our perfectly mixed cocktails or our famous peach bellini. The newest location, Grotto Downtown, is conveniently located near Minute Maid Park and offers a modern look and twist on Italian cuisine. With three locations in the Houston area and a location in Galveston, Grotto is the premier Italian restaurant for the Texas Gulf Coast.

53rd and Seawall, Galveston, TX 77551

409.740.8605 4715 Westheimer (at Loop 610), Houston, TX 77027

713.622.3663 Market Street, 9595 Six Pines #100, The Woodlands, TX 77380

281.419.4252 1001 Avenida De Las Americas A, Houston, TX 77010

713.658.0752 www.grottorestaurants.com

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WILLIE G’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Recognized nationally as one of the top upscale seafood restaurants, Willie G’s is known for providing the finest seafood and steaks with unsurpassed service. Our chefs have set the standard for combining the freshest hand-sourced, local and seasonal ingredients that create a culinary experience like no other. Willie G’s menu features classic favorites such as the Oyster Bar Trash and Louisiana-style gumbos that complement the new and innovative dishes. From sushi to oysters to a unique seafood display, Willie G’s offers a new take on fresh seafood. The combination of a diverse menu, an eclectic wine list and hand-crafted cocktails will impress even the most discerning taste buds. Whether you take a seat on the stylish patio or in the dining room, the sophisticated décor and top notch service will add to its appeal making it the ideal setting for date night, business functions, special occasions and more. Private dining rooms are available for both large and small events. As Willie G’s continues its legacy of excellence, the second location in Galveston remains true to the dedication of providing the finest seafood, steaks, and style. The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston, 1640 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027

713.840.7190 2100 Harborside, Galveston, TX 77550

409.762.3030 www.williegs.com

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MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE To find “The Best Steak… Anywhere!” in Houston, you don’t have to go far. With two excellent locations, Morton’s The Steakhouse serves only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA Prime aged beef, fresh seafood, decadent desserts and an award-winning wine list. Both the Downtown and Galleria Area locations have been updated with modern, stylish interiors—the wide-open dining rooms and fantastic bar areas make them a lively yet intimate place for an evening out. For private parties, the luxurious boardrooms can accommodate up to 100 guests, offering elegance, privacy and genuine hospitality for every function. Join us during Power Hour for specially priced cocktails and Bar Bites. Houston Downtown 1001 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77002

713.659.3700 Bar Monday - Friday 11am - 10pm Saturday - Sunday 4pm - 10pm Dining Room Monday - Friday 11am - 10pm Saturday - Sunday 5pm - 10pm Houston Galleria 5000 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056

713.629.1946 Bar Monday - Friday 11:30am - 11pm Saturday 5pm - 11pm Sunday 5pm - 10pm Dining Room Monday - Friday 11am - 11pm Saturday 5:30pm - 11pm Sunday 5pm - 10pm

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THE OCEANAIRE As sleek as an ocean liner, yet as relaxed as dinner on the shore, The Oceanaire Seafood room provides the perfect setting to enjoy Ultra-Fresh seafood, flown in daily from around the world. Located in the bustling Houston Galleria, the restaurant’s inviting, high-energy atmosphere features a spacious and comfortable dining room, complete with traditional table-style and horseshoe booth seating. The restaurant’s timeless architecture provides a contemporary yet comfortable ambiance including cherry wood paneling, highbacked leather booths, nickel trim and white linen tablecloths. Incredible floor to ceiling windows give the restaurant a bright, airy feeling and offer guests exceptional people-watching opportunities! With an intimate private dining and tantalizing oyster bar, The Oceanaire caters to every mood. The restaurant offers over 25 species of seafood and shellfish flown in daily from around the world, tailored to local market tastes. Only top-of-the-catch fish are served and each is carefully crafted to ensure the restaurant’s high standards of quality and flavor are exceeded in every dish. The menu is based on market availability, therefore selections change by the day. Traditional favorites include Chesapeake Bay Style Crab Cakes, Pacific Jumbo Shrimp Scampi and Seared Massachusetts Jumbo Scallops. In addition, each restaurant’s menu is designed with the Chef’s creative expression and made to satisfy the culinary expectations of local patrons. The Oceanaire Seafood Room 5061 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056

832.487.8862

www.theoceanaire.com

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LA GRIGLIA A Houston favorite for over 25 years, La Griglia offers guests authentic Italian dining in the River Oaks neighborhood. The upscale casual environment, impeccable service and authentic Italian cuisine combine to create a distinct recipe for an afternoon or evening to be enjoyed by all at your favorite Italian hotspot. Relax and savor the aromas of Sicily, Roma and Tuscany while enjoying the exquisite wine list, representative of all 20 regions of Italy, including 200 bottles of wine. Start off with guest favorites such as Mussels a La Griglia, Shrimp & Crab ‘Cheesecake’ or a fresh greens Burrata Salad with balsamic caviar before moving onto your main course consisting of house made pastas, fresh seafood and nostalgic Italian dishes. Dine al fresco on La Griglia’s chic patio offering shade and comfortable seating or enjoy conversations over cocktails and light bites for Happy Hour in the desirable River Oaks neighborhood. Open for lunch during the week and dinner nightly, visit LaGrigliaRestaurant.com to make a reservation and explore the flavorful menu at your Italian hotspot. 2002 West Gray, Houston, Texas 77019

713.526.4700

www.lagrigliarestaurant.com

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BRENNER’S STEAKHOUSE The Original Brenner’s Steakhouse & Brenner’s on the Bayou - A Prime Dining Experience Since 1936 -

Where do you go when the occasion warrants a special celebration, exceptional food, warm surroundings and personalized service? For generations, Houston diners have chosen Brenner’s to mark a special event or just to indulge in an excellent culinary experience. While Brenner’s has always been famous for its USDA Prime steaks, many delicious seafood specialties have emerged as guest favorites including succulent fresh Gulf Red Snapper topped with Jumbo Lump Crab, Blackened Scallops and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Delectable menu offerings include original Brenner’s favorites, like Crunchy German Potatoes and Apple Strudel. To complement your meal, Brenner’s features a full-service bar with over 200 wines from around the world, from hard-tofind vintages to new releases. Each location is surrounded by beautiful landscaping, and the dramatic dining rooms offer breathtaking views. Perfect for weddings and other special events, both restaurants feature elegant indoor and outdoor private spaces. Always the recipient of numerous culinary honors, Brenner’s was named Best Vintage Steakhouse by the Houston Press and also garnered Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence. Both locations are open 7 days a week. Brenner’s on the Bayou features an unparalleled Sunday Brunch and Blue Bar, a luxurious high energy patio bar. Reservations are recommended The Original Brenner’s Steakhouse (between Beltway 8 and Wilcrest) 10911 Katy Freeway, Houston TX 77079

713.465.2901 Brenner’s on the Bayou (off Memorial at Birdsall) One Birdsall Street, Houston TX 77007

713.868.4444 www.brennerssteakhouse.com

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