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The Best Kolaches in Houston

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 to see what all the fuss is about. Koala Kolaches Serving up fresh, authentic Czech fruit kolaches, Koala Kolaches in Cypress does kolaches the way most people outside of Texas think of them. While you're there, you might as well try one of their homemade cinnamon rolls, even offered gluten free. Koala…

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Cultural Festivals with Amazing Food

One of the best things about Houston is the rich and diverse cultures represented across the city. Houston is truly a city for everyone! In true Texas style we celebrate everyone and everything in a big way, including how we celebrate different cultures. There are plenty of heritage festivals throughout the year that give insight into other cultural traditions, music, crafts and, of course, food! Note: Please be sure to check the exact dates for each festival as they are often subject to change…

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Where to Eat (and Drink) During Houston Pride

June, also known as Pride Month, is here. Although this year’s official Houston pride celebration Pride Houston Kick-Off + Theme Reveal Party has been postponed to July 25th due to COVID-19 restrictions, the LGBTQ community can still celebrate throughout the month. Here’s our list of places to eat and drink during pride month. Courtesy of @pearlbarhouston on Instagram PEARL BAR Let the countdown begin! The official Houston Pride Houston Kick-Off + Theme Reveal Party has been rescheduled until…

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A Perfect Foodie Day: Upper Kirby & River Oaks

The River Oaks/Upper Kirby area is one of the hippest trips in America. The neighborhood boasts beautiful homes, posh boutiques and even fabulous nightclubs. You could entertain yourself for hours on end without ever leaving the zip code. With hours of fun and amusement on deck, you’re going to need to replenish that energy throughout the day. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Loosen your belt buckle for a grand culinary experience you won’t soon forget. Courtesy of @barnabyscafe on…

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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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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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