Just outside downtown Houston, within walking distance of the George R. Brown Convention Center and BBVA Compass Stadium, you’ll find a vibrant neighborhood with excellent dining and drinking options. Known as EaDo (for East of Downtown), this growing area has seen the arrival of an array of restaurants and bars that will keep you coming back for more. Ready to start exploring? Here are some suggestions for a day of eating in EaDo.
Breakfast: Tout Suite
A haven for students and freelancers looking to get some work done, Tout Suite is a good place to start your day on any day of the week. On weekdays, have a pastry and a latte before you head into work or opt for something a little more filling like a bacon and egg breakfast taco or smoked salmon toast. Weekend brunch comes with more filling options like chicken and waffles, migas and eggs benedict. Add a freshly pressed juice or caffeinated beverage and you’re ready to take on your day.
Also try Leeland House for a hearty breakfast. This cozy bistro serves dishes like shrimp and grits, creme brulee french toast, and brisket hash, as well as a variety of coffee drinks until 11 a.m. on weekdays and all day for weekend brunch.
A popular lunch destination for its homespun Vietnamese cooking, this family owned restaurant won’t disappoint. At Huynh, you’ll find classics like pho, vermicelli bowls, and duck salad (goi vit). Vegetarians will be happy to find plenty of options on the menu like the coconut curry tofu stir fry served over vermicelli noodles and rice.
Also try Seaside Poke for a quick lunch. The poke trend may feel a bit tired, but this isn’t just any poke. Seaside Poke puts its own spin on the Hawaiian dish by giving it a Houston flavor. Make your own bowl or try one of their signature bowls like the truffle yellowtail bowl.
Happy Hour: Around the Corner
Housed in a beautifully restored 1903 bungalow, Around the Corner is a welcoming neighborhood restaurant where visitors can kick back with friends while enjoying a good drink. Grab a seat at the indoor bar or on the patio – which offers great views of downtown – and order a glass of wine, craft beer or cocktail with light bites like roasted red pepper hummus and truffle Parmesan popcorn. During happy hour on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., house wines are $6, well drinks are $4, and craft beers are $1 off.
Also try Pitch 25 Beer Park, an expansive soccer-themed bar with a patio and indoor pitch, which serves up $3 beers and half-priced wine and frozen drinks during happy hour. Head over on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to enjoy the fun.
Dinner: Nancy’s Hustle
For dinner, head over to this warm neighborhood bistro for comforting fare by chef Jason Vaughan. Nancy’s Hustle shines for its eclectic menu of small plates like its lamb dumplings, which earned much love from Bon Appetit, and the famous Nancy Cakes, served with cold-smoked trout roe, butter and honey. Add to that a well curated list of wines and delicious desserts by pastry chef Julia Doran, and you’re in for a memorable meal.
Also try Indianola, which serves a variety of snacks, including a wonderful cheese board, small plates like slow-cooked pork ribs, fresh salads, medium plates like Veracruz-style rainbow trout, and larger entrees. Our favorite way to enjoy dinner here is to order a variety of small plates and sides to share. Oh, and don’t forget to order some Indianola sourdough.
Late Night: Miss Carousel
Your post-dinner cocktail awaits at Miss Carousel, a cocktail bar on Saint Emanuel St. Miss Carousel’s menu offers a mix of classic and specialty cocktails grouped in categories like Sours, Juleps, Cobblers & Fixes, and Collins, Swizzles & High Balls. Grab a seat and order your drink from one of the servers – no lining up at the bar. If hunger strikes, Miss Carousel serves food until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 10 p.m. the rest of the week. Neighboring pizza joint, Vinny’s, – a good late-night hangout in its own right – will also deliver you a slice until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and midnight Sunday through Thursday.
Also try Truck Yard Houston for its beer selection, frozen drinks, and Philly cheesesteaks. Open every day until 2 a.m., this beer garden has a unique atmosphere complete with a Ferris wheel, phone booth and rotating food trucks serving up good grub.