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Houston Barbecue Reflects The City’s Diversity

Houston’s barbecue scene has been booming in recent years, with barbecue joints of all stripes – mom-and-pop shops, chef-driven restaurants, and trucks – serving up tasty smoked meats to the delight of barbecue fans. Houston barbecue is further enriched by its deep cultural influences. From Cajun to Korean and Mexican, Houston’s diversity can be seen in its ‘cue. Courtesy of @southernq_bbq on Instagram Pay a visit to Ray’s BBQ Shack in the Third Ward, where pitmaster Ray S. Busch dishes out…

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Black Restaurant Weeks: Historic Houston Restaurants

When Jessie Hearn told Percy “Frenchy” Creuzot Jr. in 1969 that his fledgling po’ boy business might fare better as a fried chicken restaurant, Creuzot Jr. put up a fight. Fried chicken wasn’t his dream; he wanted to bring Creole cuisine to the masses. But, after seeing the steady stream of cars that pulled into the Church’s Chicken lot a few blocks down the street, Creuzot Jr. used an old recipe and put a New Orleans version of fried chicken on the menu. Similarly, when he noticed that other…

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Follow Your Fork to Black Restaurant Week

Founded in Houston in 2016, Black Restaurant Week is back for its 6th year to highlight black-owned restaurants in Houston, Galveston, and Beaumont from April 2nd - 11th. This year, the participation has expanded from restaurants to food trucks, sweets, and catering services. Diners can win culinary prizes when they eat at participating restaurants and complete a Bingo card. You can post your photos and tag @blackrestaurantweek on Instagram for a chance to win. Read on for our restaurant…

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Culturemap Tastemakers 2020 Awards Experience

Background 👩‍🏫 In anticipation of Culturemap Houston's annual awards ceremony, where they crown the best of Houston’s culinary and bar scene, we chose three awesome Houston Insiders to attend the event as our VIPs correspondents. Even though the big day was taken virtual, the organizers didn’t let that put a damper on the festivities. Here is an account from one of our VIP attendees, Marlene Meyers (@funinthecityHTX). The Experience 👀 “This year the CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards…

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Valentine’s Day Reservations in Houston

February has arrived and love is inevitably in the air. Whether you’re single or happily in a relationship, Houston’s top restaurants have tasty offerings for Valentine’s Day. Even those who prefer to avoid the crowds on Feb. 14 will find a way to celebrate since many restaurants are offering their V-Day menus before and after the big day. Read on for our suggestions and don’t forget to make a reservation. View this post on Instagram A post shared…

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Cultural Festivals with Amazing Food

One of the best things about Houston is the rich and diverse cultures present all across our city. We are a city for everyone! In true Texas style Houston celebrates everything in a big way, including festivals. There are plenty of cultural festivals this fall to give you a taste of other traditions and, of course, the way they like their food. Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican Fest 2019 November 2, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm This popular festival is done each year in Downtown Houston to support…

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The Joy of Eating…for a Good Cause

It’s that time of year again, when gluttony gives back. Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW), the single largest fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank, will take place Aug. 1 through Sept. 2. This month-long event ensures that eating out helps to feed Houstonians in need of meals. Since its inception in 2003, HRW has raised more than $12.2 million dollars to fight hunger and has provided 36.6 million meals. Each meal purchased from an HRW menu can provide up to 21 meals for the Houston Food Bank. This…

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Space City Celebrations and Libations During Space City Month

Houston isn’t called Space City for nothing. The city that boasts NASA’s Johnson Space Center is ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon with Space City Month. Plenty of bars and restaurants will have specials throughout July to commemorate the American spirit that won the space race! Brasserie du Parc – Blast off with Brasserie du Parc’s Blue Moon Eclipse cocktail with cognac, blue Curaçao, lemon juice, house-made grenadine and bitters. Xochi – James Beard…

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Where to Eat (and Drink) During Houston Pride

Houston knows how to party, and one of the biggest parties of the year will take place June 22nd in downtown for the Pride Parade 2019. With more than 700,000 people expected to participate, the only thing more epic than our Pride Parade is the roster of restaurants and bars where you can grab a bite, get a drink and party all night long. We’ve got your cheat sheet on a few hot spots for you to visit while you’re celebrating and having a good time. Rich’s The Pride Parade Official Afterparty is…

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Celebrate Houston Kolache Day

Who doesn’t love a fresh-baked, warm, straight-from-the-oven kolache on a brisk winter morning? You can taste it, can’t you? Well get ready to head over to some of Houston’s top kolache shops in celebration of National Kolache Day on March 1. Check out how a few stores are honoring the “holiday”’ with some delicious deals. Koala Kolaches National Kolache Day actually began with Koala Kolaches. To honor the occasion, they are giving away free authentic Czech fruit kolaches. Customers can also…

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