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Houston & Beyond Blog

The Best BBQ Around Houston

Killen's Texas Barbecue It’s no secret that the south has the world’s best barbecue (duh!) and the greater Houston area is not an exception. Hop in your car and take your taste buds on a trip to flavor town with these drool-worthy, food coma inducing restaurants, where the brisket is just as important as the service, and the dessert is just as sweet as the southern hospitality. Killen’s Texas Barbecue Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland is a must-eat staple in the greater Houston area. Chef Ronnie…

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48 Hours Under $48 in Beaumont

While everyone wants to travel and take advantage of the sweet summertime and long weekends, vacations for more than one person can add up quickly. If you’re looking for a budget conscious destination to take a significant other or the kids, look to your own backyard. Beaumont is an incredibly affordable and easy getaway for a weekend away with the family or partner that won’t leave you sweating over splurging. An hour and a half due east, it feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of the…

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Must-Eat Burgers For Your Next Road Trip

Beware: if you read this post you will walk away wanting a burger. As long as you know that then you're in for a treat. We love a good burger, and while there are plenty of options in Houston, some of these delicious, meaty creations are the perfect way to start or end your road trip. Trust us. They're worth the stop. Killen’s Burgers – Pearland Located at the original Killen’s Steakhouse location and revamped with a 1950s diner feel, this local spot showcases the local food celebrity Ronnie…

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The Best Coffee Shops in Sugar Land

From cappuccinos to expressos, lattes to cold brews, here is your round up of the best coffee shops to help you score the perfect brew in Sugar Land. Check out our guide, refuel and get back out there. Don’t forget to snap a pic with your beverage of choice and tag @VisitSugarLand and #SweeterinSL. BlendIn Coffee Club Blendin Coffee Club is a neighborhood coffee shop for every kind of coffee drinker. This unique coffee shop is located at a repurposed former bank at 8410 Highway 90A, which…

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Delicious Crawfish Outside City Limits

It’s finally crawfish season and the best mudbugs in Texas are just a short drive from Houston. You can’t call yourself a true crawfish enthusiast if these places aren’t on your bucket (get it?) list. Conroe Mmm crawfish gets us through the cold months, and there are plenty of places to get your fill of it in Conroe. Sam's Boat is located on Lake Conroe and has a deck perfect for sitting and enjoying the scenery while Wolfies is more of a party atmosphere, with great music and friendly chatter…

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Popular Pies Outside of Houston

From meats to sweets, the holiday season is often when we spend time with family and friends around the dinner table. Take off one thing from your to-do list by hiring out the desserts. No matter what part of Houston are you are in, there is a popular pie stop near you! Hamilton’s Restaurant & Bar - Port Arthur Mile-high meringue tops pie creations at Hamilton’s in Port Arthur. In the Southeast Texas area, the Hamilton family is connected to good food at several popular restaurants around town…

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Cool Coffee in Neighborhoods Outside of Houston

Meet the Blues Brothers Rao’s Bakery was founded in 1941 by Johnny Rao and has been a Beaumont favorite ever since. Offering both decadent sweet pastries and cakes and savory sandwiches and wraps, Rao’s is the place to go. Sit out on the front porch or the patio outside at their original location or visit their other locations around Southeast Texas. Take a selfie in front of the “famous” Blues Brothers statues that greets you outside. Enjoy Art and Music The Art of Coffee is part coffee shop…

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Dog Friendly Patios You'll Want to Enjoy

As the weather starts cooling down, there’s no better way to enjoy time outdoors than to hang out on a patio with friends. It’s even better if you can find a restaurant where you can bring along your four legged friends. We’ve sniffed out a few dog friendly patios to meet up with friends just beyond the Houston area. Bakkhus Taverna Bakkhus reflects a small Greek family style restaurant that serves Greek and American fare with a southern twist. They offer a diverse menu and nothing but the best…

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Drool-Worthy BBQ Worth the Drive

There is no bad kind of bar-b-que (except the kind from California and New York – sorry, guys, keep trying). But luckily some of the most delicious sauces, premium meats and drool-worthy sides are just a short drive away, so get in your car and get moving before these places sell out and close up for the day. Patillo’s Bar-B-Q Texas Monthly calls it “the oldest family owned barbecue joint in Texas.” In fact, the Patillo family recipes have been luring Beaumont diners off their diets since 1912…

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Day Trip to a Nearby Brewery or Winery

Ahh, summer. In Houston it symbolizes the time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to spend all day doing nothing at all - preferably in front of a fan with a beer in hand. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places outside of Houston to do just that. So kick back, relax, and enjoy some ice cold suds or a chilly glass of refreshing wine at some of our favorite day trip destinations. Breweries BAKFISH Brewing Company BAKFISH is Pearland’s first microbrewery and is a popular family-friendly…

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