When the clock strikes lunch time, downtown Houston swarms with hungry office workers. Between the underground Tunnels, the mall food courts and various free-standing options, there are a lot of possibilities--not all of them good. But we've got suggestions for the best places for lunch downtown--simply bypass the clammy chain sandwich for gumbo, falafel or burgers at one of these downtown Houston lunch restaurants. (Photo: Falafel Factory)
Since attic purges and garage sales have long cleared out your parents? and grandparents? mod and Mad Men era clothing, you have to buy your vintage clothing new. Luckily, there are plenty of well-stocked vintage, consignment and resale shops to mine. Whether you're looking for the perfect T-strap pumps or just something silly for a costume party, here's where to shop vintage in Houston. (Photo: Retropolis)
In the words of Texas Monthly's Patricia Sharpe, ?Fried dill pickles are the new onion rings.? These Southern bar snacks are popping up on more and more menus these days and getting tricked out by some of Houston's finest chefs. Salty, sour and perfectly crispy, here are some of the delicious fried pickles in Houston. (Photo: Beaver's)
We don't get much credit for having a lively nightlife scene in Downtown Houston thanks to the mass exodus that occurs each day when the clock strikes 5pm. But each year, more bars and restaurants colonize the area to the point where practically any kind of drinking experience (barring the illegal) can be found there. From the sports digs to the aging martini bars, here's our guide to bars in downtown Houston.
We've had our fair share of growing pains getting farmers markets in Houston. Rather than join forces, small markets have popped up across the city, each with their share of organic tomatoes and Texas cheeses. But if fresh, local fare is what you're after, here's the skinny on our local farmers markets.
Ever a city of contradictions, Houston has as many vegetarian restaurants as it does steakhouses. The fourth largest city in the nation cannot thrive on cowboy beef culture alone, after all. So shun the tired old bean burger and feast on falafel platters, shepherd's pies and enormous masala dosas instead. (Photo: Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine)
Enough with the strip club jokes--those bills are for the dollar deals in Houston. That's right, there is food and drink all around this city that will only set you back $1. It's not just tacos and sliders that get discounted to a buck either, but martinis and mimosas too. So scrounge up a fiver and spend it on something worth a lot more.
Business travel can be unpleasant; it's time consuming, inconvenient and you end up eating at an unremarkable bordering on sad restaurant more often than you care to think. But now you get to see Houston (great city) and if you plan accordingly, you'll get to sample some of the best our oil and gas turned arts and food mecca has to offer. Below, some hotel and restaurant suggestions for downtown and in the Galleria area. (Photo: Flickr/eflon)
France's Bastille Day, which falls on July 14 every year, is generally celebrated with food, fireworks and summery activities--three things we enjoy very much. So why not get into the act? We've got countless French spots worth a visit so somewhere between the apertif and tarte tatin, light a sparkler for our Gallic friends. (Photo credit: SpecialKRB)
It's hard to know where to start with Washington Avenue bars. There are a lot of them. And while the trendiest, fastest-growing nightlife corridor in Houston has a reputation for being a bit of a frat house, there's actually a wide range of drinking possibilities. From the sports bars to the velvet rope clubs and everything in between, here are a few of the notable stops along Washington. (Photo: Ingrid Norbergs)