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Guidebook for Houston

Jennifer

Guidebook for Houston

Entertainment & Activities
This music hall is within walking distance, next to a great bar and has great live acts!
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White Oak Music Hall
2915 N Main St
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This music hall is within walking distance, next to a great bar and has great live acts!
This is the big sports complex. It is home to Texan games, the rodeo (awesome fun - totally go if you are in town in February), concerts.... it is on the Redline Metrorail so you can take the train near our house directly there. (see map with Metrorail - is Moody Park stop)
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NRG Stadium
NRG Parkway
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This is the big sports complex. It is home to Texan games, the rodeo (awesome fun - totally go if you are in town in February), concerts.... it is on the Redline Metrorail so you can take the train near our house directly there. (see map with Metrorail - is Moody Park stop)
This is a nice park! It has free movies, concerts and events -- plus a fun splash park and playground. There is a Shake Shack type place and a nice restaurant with a cocktail bar too. Often they have lovely art installations as well. - - They often have fun outdoor events (concerts, movies, bingo...) check their online web calendar.
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Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street
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This is a nice park! It has free movies, concerts and events -- plus a fun splash park and playground. There is a Shake Shack type place and a nice restaurant with a cocktail bar too. Often they have lovely art installations as well. - - They often have fun outdoor events (concerts, movies, bingo...) check their online web calendar.
This place is awesome if you love video games! This is a bar that on select Fridays opens up the video games it has on sale for all you can play. I think it is the first and last Friday - but I could be wrong, so double check that. For a flat fee you can play all the video games you want - mostly classic games and pinball with some newer ones. It gets busy the later it gets so go early. We had my 40th birthday here!
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Joystix Classic Games and Pinball
1820 Franklin Street
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This place is awesome if you love video games! This is a bar that on select Fridays opens up the video games it has on sale for all you can play. I think it is the first and last Friday - but I could be wrong, so double check that. For a flat fee you can play all the video games you want - mostly classic games and pinball with some newer ones. It gets busy the later it gets so go early. We had my 40th birthday here!
This park is at the center of the downtown area which is loaded with bars and restaurants. In the park there is a B-cycle rental stop, a slightly pricey but tasty Greek restaurant walk-up. An honorable mention is La Carafe across the street - one of the city's oldest bars - great atmosphere, good juke box -- drink selection is ok (atmosphere is the draw). One block away is Main St where there are LOTS of fun bars - Nightingale, Honeymooner, Moving sidewalk, Pastry war.... plus the Conservatory which has ramen and crepes too. - They often have fun outdoor events (concerts, movies, bingo...) check their online web calendar.
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Market Square Park
301 Milam Street
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This park is at the center of the downtown area which is loaded with bars and restaurants. In the park there is a B-cycle rental stop, a slightly pricey but tasty Greek restaurant walk-up. An honorable mention is La Carafe across the street - one of the city's oldest bars - great atmosphere, good juke box -- drink selection is ok (atmosphere is the draw). One block away is Main St where there are LOTS of fun bars - Nightingale, Honeymooner, Moving sidewalk, Pastry war.... plus the Conservatory which has ramen and crepes too. - They often have fun outdoor events (concerts, movies, bingo...) check their online web calendar.
Food Scene
Everyone here is so nice! The coffee, food, and doughnuts are tasty too. They serve Greenway coffee which is locally roasted and yummy.
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Morningstar
4721 N Main St
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Everyone here is so nice! The coffee, food, and doughnuts are tasty too. They serve Greenway coffee which is locally roasted and yummy.
I love donuts – if you are lucky they will be warm. On some weekends they have boudain kolaches as well, if you like boudain. This right around the corner.
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Shipley Do-Nuts
3932 North Main Street
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I love donuts – if you are lucky they will be warm. On some weekends they have boudain kolaches as well, if you like boudain. This right around the corner.
Traditional Mexican fare; their guacamole and salsa are good. Friends like it so let us know if you do too.
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Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant
4701 North Main Street
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Traditional Mexican fare; their guacamole and salsa are good. Friends like it so let us know if you do too.
This is a walk up snow cone stand – but it is so much more! They have traditional LIQUADOS (like a smoothie with more sugar), AGUAS FRESCAS (fresh juice or blended fruit with water and sugar – sooo good, try the watermelon one); ELOTE is also delicious – corn with Mexican sprinkle cheese, hot sauce and mayo – it sounds a bit gross, but is delicious -- get it with everything!
Tampico Refresqueria
4520 N Main St
This is a walk up snow cone stand – but it is so much more! They have traditional LIQUADOS (like a smoothie with more sugar), AGUAS FRESCAS (fresh juice or blended fruit with water and sugar – sooo good, try the watermelon one); ELOTE is also delicious – corn with Mexican sprinkle cheese, hot sauce and mayo – it sounds a bit gross, but is delicious -- get it with everything!
They do a good job with big plates of traditional Mexican fare – enchilada, fajitas, tostadas…. Margaritas are fine. BIG breakfasts, enclosed patio. Festive atmosphere. There is another, smaller one with better breakfast (I think) but no patio at 4624 Irvington
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Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe
1511 Airline Drive
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They do a good job with big plates of traditional Mexican fare – enchilada, fajitas, tostadas…. Margaritas are fine. BIG breakfasts, enclosed patio. Festive atmosphere. There is another, smaller one with better breakfast (I think) but no patio at 4624 Irvington
There is one of these on Washington Ave (street with LOADS of restaurants and bars) that always has a line – the one close by is cheaper and doesn’t haves the massive line. Great tacos, gorditas, tortas – be ready to order when you get to the front if there is a wait – they are fast! True traditional Mexican food and tasty.
Taqueria Laredo
311 Patton St
There is one of these on Washington Ave (street with LOADS of restaurants and bars) that always has a line – the one close by is cheaper and doesn’t haves the massive line. Great tacos, gorditas, tortas – be ready to order when you get to the front if there is a wait – they are fast! True traditional Mexican food and tasty.
This is a very charming gastropub with tasty food, slightly up scale take on comfort food, lovely patio, breakfast, and tasty cocktails. Menu items like an acai bowl, heirloom tomato salad, duck and pancakes -- you get the idea…
Edison Street
This is a very charming gastropub with tasty food, slightly up scale take on comfort food, lovely patio, breakfast, and tasty cocktails. Menu items like an acai bowl, heirloom tomato salad, duck and pancakes -- you get the idea…
My son’s favorite burger. The people who own it are really nice and they believe in bacon on every burger! (Halal too)
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Stanton's City Bites
1420 Edwards Street
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My son’s favorite burger. The people who own it are really nice and they believe in bacon on every burger! (Halal too)
Belgian food – mussels, frites and Belgian beer. mmm.... Belgian beer
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Cafe Brussels
1718 Houston Avenue
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Belgian food – mussels, frites and Belgian beer. mmm.... Belgian beer
Good cocktails, slightly pretentious southern home cooking – kinda' steam punk /throw back vibe.
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Down House
1801 Yale Street
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Good cocktails, slightly pretentious southern home cooking – kinda' steam punk /throw back vibe.
This is a local favorite. Good Asian noodles, rice dishes, curry…really nice people, vegan and vegetarian options. Very kid friendly with actual food on the kids menu (not just crap) and a simple play area outside.
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Jenni's Noodle House
602 East 20th Street
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This is a local favorite. Good Asian noodles, rice dishes, curry…really nice people, vegan and vegetarian options. Very kid friendly with actual food on the kids menu (not just crap) and a simple play area outside.
Nice space, delicious coffee. They donate a portion of their proceeds to anti human-trafficking efforts.
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A 2nd Cup
1111 E 11th St
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Nice space, delicious coffee. They donate a portion of their proceeds to anti human-trafficking efforts.
Coffee shop with cuban style sandwiches, salads, and coffee – bakery stuff too. Support them, they are new and very nice. Often live jazz in the evenings.
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Cafeza
1720 Houston Ave
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Coffee shop with cuban style sandwiches, salads, and coffee – bakery stuff too. Support them, they are new and very nice. Often live jazz in the evenings.
Nice atmosphere, good coffee, laid back. Snacks in the cooler case – vegan stuff too.
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Antidote
729 Studewood St
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Nice atmosphere, good coffee, laid back. Snacks in the cooler case – vegan stuff too.
This bar is a bit run down, but Sara is really nice. It has Mexican beer and Budweiser as well as a pool table. Tejano on the jukebox.
Sara's Ice House
4003 N Main St
This bar is a bit run down, but Sara is really nice. It has Mexican beer and Budweiser as well as a pool table. Tejano on the jukebox.
This is the Mexican bakery that is the gold standard for Mexican bakeries. Get a pizza pan and tongs and get way too many pastries…mmmmmmm……..
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El Bolillo Bakery
2517 Airline Drive
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This is the Mexican bakery that is the gold standard for Mexican bakeries. Get a pizza pan and tongs and get way too many pastries…mmmmmmm……..
My husband and son have been telling me drool-worthy tales of Pinkerton's chopped brisket sandwich for a while now. I finally went and they were not kidding. It is INCREDIBLE! I had the pulled pork and it was just as good as the brisket. Super tender and smokey, huge portion too.
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Pinkerton's Barbecue
1504 Airline Dr
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My husband and son have been telling me drool-worthy tales of Pinkerton's chopped brisket sandwich for a while now. I finally went and they were not kidding. It is INCREDIBLE! I had the pulled pork and it was just as good as the brisket. Super tender and smokey, huge portion too.
This is my favorite Mexican restaurant! This is not tex-mex burritos, rather very well made Oxacan style food (amazing mole, osso buco, chicken baked in a banana leaf...). Consider an Uber if you are a fan of margaritas as we think the GOLD margarita is the best margarita in town (and we have done our research!) Price is not cheap (12-22$/plate) but worth it.
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Arnaldo Richard's Picos Restaurant
3601 Kirby Drive
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This is my favorite Mexican restaurant! This is not tex-mex burritos, rather very well made Oxacan style food (amazing mole, osso buco, chicken baked in a banana leaf...). Consider an Uber if you are a fan of margaritas as we think the GOLD margarita is the best margarita in town (and we have done our research!) Price is not cheap (12-22$/plate) but worth it.
This is my second favorite Mexican place in town - it is much closer to the house than Picos too, and like Picos, the food is more traditional/upscale than typical Tex-mex. It is delicious - reasonable portions of mole enchiladas, fajitas, crispy tacos and posole. Price point is middle - 12-20$/plate. I am always satisfied and usually have leftovers.
Alma Latina
2203 North Shepherd Drive
This is my second favorite Mexican place in town - it is much closer to the house than Picos too, and like Picos, the food is more traditional/upscale than typical Tex-mex. It is delicious - reasonable portions of mole enchiladas, fajitas, crispy tacos and posole. Price point is middle - 12-20$/plate. I am always satisfied and usually have leftovers.
If it is a lovely day and you want a quiet outdoor place to have a cup of coffee and food - come here. it is a good place to hang out or get some work done. They have beer and wine when you finish work too so you can head right in to happy hour.
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Slowpokes
1203 W 34th St
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If it is a lovely day and you want a quiet outdoor place to have a cup of coffee and food - come here. it is a good place to hang out or get some work done. They have beer and wine when you finish work too so you can head right in to happy hour.
This local chain serves great Cuban food at a nice price point! I love the Havana pork plate and Cuban tacos (i am a fan of plantains), but really all the food is good. They have drive through too. -- There is another El ray on 610 north - it is close too.
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El Rey Taqueria
910 Shepherd Drive
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This local chain serves great Cuban food at a nice price point! I love the Havana pork plate and Cuban tacos (i am a fan of plantains), but really all the food is good. They have drive through too. -- There is another El ray on 610 north - it is close too.
really... what could be better. They even have a fried chicken sandwich on a donut?! And their sign is maybe my favorite neon sign ever.
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Sam’s Fried Chicken & Donuts
601 Heights Blvd
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really... what could be better. They even have a fried chicken sandwich on a donut?! And their sign is maybe my favorite neon sign ever.
This is the first place I ate when I moved to Houston. I still love it. It is simply Tex - mex food done fun - burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, frozen margaritas and a lively atmosphere. It gets busy so you may need to kick back with a margarita in the bar while you wait - bummer. Kid friendly.
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Chuy's
2706 Westheimer Road
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This is the first place I ate when I moved to Houston. I still love it. It is simply Tex - mex food done fun - burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, frozen margaritas and a lively atmosphere. It gets busy so you may need to kick back with a margarita in the bar while you wait - bummer. Kid friendly.
so I REALLY LOVE donuts - and this place gets it. They are not cheap, but they are unique and scrumptious. Totally worth the trip if you are into donuts. (It is next to the marvelous Fat cat Creamery if you are feeling decadent)
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Hugs & Donuts
1901 N Shepherd Dr
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so I REALLY LOVE donuts - and this place gets it. They are not cheap, but they are unique and scrumptious. Totally worth the trip if you are into donuts. (It is next to the marvelous Fat cat Creamery if you are feeling decadent)
This is not Baskin Robbins (nothing against them) - this is a richer spoonful of delight. They have homemade ice cream with locally sourced ingredients plus a few adult flavors like milk stout chocolate. They are nice too.
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Fat Cat Creamery
1901 North Shepherd Drive
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This is not Baskin Robbins (nothing against them) - this is a richer spoonful of delight. They have homemade ice cream with locally sourced ingredients plus a few adult flavors like milk stout chocolate. They are nice too.
We eat here often as it is good and right down the street. Tacos are "fancier" including offerings like the yummy tikka taco on nan, Berkshire pork, and blackened tilapia - plus they have churros for dessert. They have a small patio and a full bar. I usually get 2 tacos - if you are a pretty big eater you may want 3.
Fusion Taco Canteen & Cocktails
4706 N Main St
We eat here often as it is good and right down the street. Tacos are "fancier" including offerings like the yummy tikka taco on nan, Berkshire pork, and blackened tilapia - plus they have churros for dessert. They have a small patio and a full bar. I usually get 2 tacos - if you are a pretty big eater you may want 3.
Drinks & Nightlife
A Tiki bar in a building with a quickie mart, marked with a small neon sigh over the door which says "RUM". There is now a big tropical mural too. It is easy to miss (but don’t); it has TASTY drinks in tiki glasses and the staff is nice. We love this place.
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Lei Low Bar
6412 North Main Street
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A Tiki bar in a building with a quickie mart, marked with a small neon sigh over the door which says "RUM". There is now a big tropical mural too. It is easy to miss (but don’t); it has TASTY drinks in tiki glasses and the staff is nice. We love this place.
Walkable, great beer list, great patio, often has the MACRO food truck which makes great street tacos. Has corn-hole if you are into that. Right next to the music venue – White oak music hall.
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The Raven Tower
310 North St
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Walkable, great beer list, great patio, often has the MACRO food truck which makes great street tacos. Has corn-hole if you are into that. Right next to the music venue – White oak music hall.
This bar is great. Very local neighborhood feel with a fantastic beer selection, good food, nice patio. Run by the folks that own Down House restaurant. When they took over and expanded the previously tiny local watering hole, they had to cut down a big tree, but used it to make the lovely long bar and big table.
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D&T Drive Inn
1307 Enid Street
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This bar is great. Very local neighborhood feel with a fantastic beer selection, good food, nice patio. Run by the folks that own Down House restaurant. When they took over and expanded the previously tiny local watering hole, they had to cut down a big tree, but used it to make the lovely long bar and big table.
They only sell 2 beers on tap – Lone Star and Shiner in a big chilled schooner. They have a pool table and a few locals. Sometimes the bartendress will have a crock pot of queso or soup you can enjoy for a few bucks. Old-school Houston at its finest.
Alice’s Tall Texan Drive Inn
4904 North Main Street
They only sell 2 beers on tap – Lone Star and Shiner in a big chilled schooner. They have a pool table and a few locals. Sometimes the bartendress will have a crock pot of queso or soup you can enjoy for a few bucks. Old-school Houston at its finest.
This is Houston's oldest micro brewery (there now are a ton of great ones). They were a steadfast advocate when the laws against microbreweries in Houston were still terrible, and remain a big community supporter. They have a fantastic indoor/outdoor beer hall, with lots of area for families (bacci, big connect four...) and art cars on display. It is a very fun vibe. They have brewery tours most days. It is a short Uber or b-bike from the house and a fun way to spend and afternoon.
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
2000 Lyons Avenue
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This is Houston's oldest micro brewery (there now are a ton of great ones). They were a steadfast advocate when the laws against microbreweries in Houston were still terrible, and remain a big community supporter. They have a fantastic indoor/outdoor beer hall, with lots of area for families (bacci, big connect four...) and art cars on display. It is a very fun vibe. They have brewery tours most days. It is a short Uber or b-bike from the house and a fun way to spend and afternoon.
EL PALENQUE Warning-- even just a couple years ago this was a rough place where you could find a fight, drugs and hourly company. It appears to have mellowed, but the risk is yours!
4007 N Main St
4007 N Main St
EL PALENQUE Warning-- even just a couple years ago this was a rough place where you could find a fight, drugs and hourly company. It appears to have mellowed, but the risk is yours!
This stellar beer garden has 20+ taps, a bunch of sky chairs, hammocks and picnic tables. Several nights a week they have music or a movie outside. Luigis pizza as well as a changing lineup of food trucks will keep you fed while you hang about with friends. I really enjoy hanging out here. It is quite kid friendly, although ask that families head home by 9p.
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Axelrad Beer Garden
1517 Alabama St
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This stellar beer garden has 20+ taps, a bunch of sky chairs, hammocks and picnic tables. Several nights a week they have music or a movie outside. Luigis pizza as well as a changing lineup of food trucks will keep you fed while you hang about with friends. I really enjoy hanging out here. It is quite kid friendly, although ask that families head home by 9p.
Arts & Culture
This is a pretty cool food and wares market. The front is an older grocery store with good produce, but go through the back and there is a legit fruit and vegetable market – really neat. If you like mango and see a mango on a stick rolled in red powder stuff – get it!! These are delicious and slightly spicy as they are rolled in a special chili powder for fruit. Really amazing. The row of markets next door is more wares and spices – also pretty cool. El Bollio bakery (in this guide book) is across the street as is a great smelling spice market with bizarre remedies for maladies like being broke, impotent or baldness in the back.
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Canino Produce
2520 Airline Drive
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This is a pretty cool food and wares market. The front is an older grocery store with good produce, but go through the back and there is a legit fruit and vegetable market – really neat. If you like mango and see a mango on a stick rolled in red powder stuff – get it!! These are delicious and slightly spicy as they are rolled in a special chili powder for fruit. Really amazing. The row of markets next door is more wares and spices – also pretty cool. El Bollio bakery (in this guide book) is across the street as is a great smelling spice market with bizarre remedies for maladies like being broke, impotent or baldness in the back.
This private free collection is small enough to take in fully in a morning; It is very diverse with something for everyone's taste. The grounds are a wonderful place for a picnic (sometimes they have free jazz), the on site restaurant is tasty too.
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The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
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This private free collection is small enough to take in fully in a morning; It is very diverse with something for everyone's taste. The grounds are a wonderful place for a picnic (sometimes they have free jazz), the on site restaurant is tasty too.
I am not 100% this is the exact address but i am on the right block. This AWESOME spice store is across from Canino's market and next to El Bollio bakery. This is a just a cool place and it smells really good. I suggests getting some “Spice for Fruit” – it is a spicy powder that is amazing on mangos, apples, cucumbers, pomegranate seeds... In the back are some cool Mexican folk remedies for a long list of crazy maladies. It is just a fun place to spend 10 minutes after filling up on pastries at El Bollio.
2521 N Main St
2521 N Main St
I am not 100% this is the exact address but i am on the right block. This AWESOME spice store is across from Canino's market and next to El Bollio bakery. This is a just a cool place and it smells really good. I suggests getting some “Spice for Fruit” – it is a spicy powder that is amazing on mangos, apples, cucumbers, pomegranate seeds... In the back are some cool Mexican folk remedies for a long list of crazy maladies. It is just a fun place to spend 10 minutes after filling up on pastries at El Bollio.
Shopping
A little boutique with wonky hours, but a great place to get local made jewelry, soft and unique t-shirts (including Houston / Texas souvenir type), and fun quirky fashion.
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Hello Lucky Life
1025 Studewood Street
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A little boutique with wonky hours, but a great place to get local made jewelry, soft and unique t-shirts (including Houston / Texas souvenir type), and fun quirky fashion.
Everything Else
This is a good cross fit gym run by a guy that knows what he is doing (masters level kinesiology). Nice, laid back, friendly with 2 locations – the east side is younger crowd 20-30s, Center St. is more 30+ - I enjoy both even though in my 40s ;)
F3 Cross Training
2012 Center St
This is a good cross fit gym run by a guy that knows what he is doing (masters level kinesiology). Nice, laid back, friendly with 2 locations – the east side is younger crowd 20-30s, Center St. is more 30+ - I enjoy both even though in my 40s ;)
Getting Around
The closest Metro stop is at Moody Park about a 10 min walk: METRORail Moody Park Station - Redline at Fulton St & Catherine St Houston, TX 77009
METRORail Red Line
The closest Metro stop is at Moody Park about a 10 min walk: METRORail Moody Park Station - Redline at Fulton St & Catherine St Houston, TX 77009
B-cycle is the network of rental bikes across town -- the closest ones are this one and another at 2109 South St. Houston, TX 77009
Houston BCycle
401 S Heights Blvd
B-cycle is the network of rental bikes across town -- the closest ones are this one and another at 2109 South St. Houston, TX 77009