a long weekend in Houston!

Monday, July 22

Inspired by this NY Times book, I wanted to put together a list of our top things to do and eat when visiting Houston, Texas for the weekend. It has been almost 4 years since I moved here – honestly, that is hard for me to believe – and we have had our fair share of visitors over that time so I sort of feel like we know what’s up.

Here is our list…
Friday: A Texas greeting with margaritas

Hotel: Hotel Zaza and the St. Regis seem to be the favorite of our friends and family

DinnerEl Tiempo on Washington – If you know anyone that lives in Houston we are all constantly struggling to decide our favorite Tex-Mex joint. This place currently tops our list with its fun vibe {this place is always packed}, the strooong margaritas and the killer, sizzling fajitas. Plan to grab a frozen margarita at the bar while you wait for a table and soak up the lively atmosphere.

After Dinner: Washington Avenue – this is the hot spot on a Friday or Saturday night in Houston. If you aren’t weary from your travels you can easily walk from El Tiempo and hit a few bars before you head back to the hotel. Our favorite bars include: Kung Fu, Little Woodrow’s, Max’s Wine Dive and Rebels Honky Tonk.
Saturday: Museum District and Rice University

Breakfast: Torchy’s Tacos on Kirby – This restaurant hails from Austin and they whip up some of the best breakfast tacos in town. They have so many variations that you are sure to find one that fits your taste-buds.

AM Activity: Take a walk around Rice University {it is a 3-mile loop} and then escape the heat with some shopping at Rice Village. Don’t miss the Kendra Scott store!

Lunch: Local Foods – Cool vibe plus delicious sammies and salads prepared with local ingredients. Order the egg salad.

PM Activity: Hit up one of our many museums. My personal favorites are the Menil Collection or the Houston Museum of Fine Arts!

Dinner: Tiny’s No. 5 – This is a tiny restaurant in the “West U” neighborhood and is a little more casual. Order the pizza, wine and the chocolate chip cookies to share. The mini donuts also come highly recommended from friends.

After DinnerAnvil Bar – A mixology bar known for their classic cocktails made with fresh ingredients. Get here on the early side to make sure you can grab a table or a spot at the bar – this place fills up quick.
Sunday:  Heights and Downtown

Breakfast/Coffee: Revival Market – We frequently stop here for coffee and breakfast on Saturday mornings. The restaurant is contemporary in style and traditional in menu. Get there early so they don’t run out of their special menu items as they tend to do by 9am!

AM Activity: Walk down 19th street for some antique shopping

Lunch/Brunch: Down House – A popular Heights spot {located in an old bank building on Yale Street} specializing in amazing coffee, local foods and high quality cocktails. Don’t miss the pork hash or  bloody mary!

PM Activity: Segway tour of downtown Houston – we did this with my family and it is a fun way to see all of downtown Houston in 2 hours

Dinner: Tony’s – our favorite splurge restaurant in Houston! David’s good friend Chef Grant Gordon always makes the experience memorable. The atmosphere is a tad stuffy but it’s worth the delicious food.

After Dinner: Check to see if there are any plays or concerts in town
Monday:  Galleria and late afternoon flight home

Am Activity:  The Galleria is known as the spot for shopping in Houston but if you want something more original to Texas don’t miss Kuhl Linscomb, Tootsies or Biscuit Home.

Lunch: Goode Company BBQ or Pizzitola’s BBQ – No trip to Texas is complete without some BBQ. Don’t miss the ribs and/or the beef brisket at either of these Houston institutions.

Also, this itinerary doesn’t include any sporting events. I always recommend catching a Texans or Astros game if they are in town and you are interested in that sort of thing.

And Houston is known for its fooood! Seriously, we have some of the best restaurants in the country. I’m planning to do a separate restaurant post later to go through so many of the delicious options!

Okay, so I know I have left some of our favorites off! What else would my Houston people add in here?

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