Dozens of Houston hospitality companies were voted the best of the best in the inaugural Locals’ Choice Awards.

The awards covered categories including the arts, nightlife, leisure activities, hotels and dining. In late April, users of were asked to write-in their favorite places in more than sixty specific areas, from favorite sports bar to favorite Italian restaurant. After one week of write-in votes, the top write-ins in each category were included in the multiple choice portion of the contest for another week. Overall, more than 2,800 votes were cast over the two week period.

“Houstonians locals choiceknow what a wonderful, diverse and unique place we live in,” says Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We also know that locals are our own best advocates for getting more people to come to Houston. What we sought to do with the Locals’ Choice Awards was to showcase and honor the restaurants, nightlife, museums and other places that Houstonians love. We’re proud to promote these favorites—and we hope the businesses, and those who voted for them, spread the word and encourage friends and family to head to H-Town and experience it for themselves.”



Winners in multiple categories included Hotel Zaza, which took six awards including favorite hotel restaurant, happy hour and pool. Kemah Boardwalk won awards for favorite place to take a visitor and favorite Houston attraction and Miller Outdoor Theatre won for favorite cultural attraction and favorite free thing to do. The Breakfast Klub and House of Pies both took multiple awards as well.


Here’s the full rundown:


Favorite Museum

Holocaust Museum Houston

Favorite Art Gallery

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Favorite Cultural Experience

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Favorite Performing Arts Group

Theatre Under The Stars

Favorite Houston Public Art

The Waterwall



Favorite Draft Beer Selection

Flying Saucer

Favorite Spot for Live Music

House of Blues

Favorite Wine Selection

Max's Wine Dive

Favorite Dive Bar

Goode's Armadillo Palace

Favorite Coffee Spot

Three Brothers Bakery

Favorite Houston Patio

Backstreet Café

Favorite LGBT Bar

F Bar

Favorite Sports Bar

Little Woodrow's

Favorite Girls Night Out Activity

Margaritas at El Tiempo

Favorite Date Night Activity

Alamo Drafthouse

Favorite New Houston Bar

OKRA Charity Bar



Favorite Houston Attraction

Kemah Boardwalk

Favorite Houston Brewery Tour

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Favorite Houston Golf Course

Hermann Park Golf Course

Favorite Historic Site

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Favorite Houston Spa

Houstonian Trellis Spa

Favorite Sports Team

Houston Texans

Favorite Annual Event in Houston

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Favorite Kids Activity

Houston Zoo

Favorite Hiking Trail

Memorial Park

Favorite Place to take a Visitor

Kemah Boardwalk

Favorite Event or Festival

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Favorite Free Thing to do in Houston

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Favorite Place to take a Photo

The Waterwall

Favorite Houston Souvenir

Goode Company Pecan Pie

Favorite Houston Boutique Store

Kuhl Linscomb



Favorite Hotel Restaurant

Monarch Restaurant at Hotel ZaZa

Favorite Hotel for Families

Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa

Favorite Hotel Happy Hour

Hotel ZaZa

Favorite Hotel Spa

Hotel ZaZa- ZaSpa

Favorite Hotel Pool

Hotel ZaZa

Favorite Green Hotel

Magnolia Hotel

Favorite Pet-Friendly Hotel

Hotel ZaZa

Favorite Hotel Concierge

Lancaster Hotel

Favorite Bed and Breakfast

La Maison in Midtown

Favorite Historic Houston hotel

Lancaster Hotel

Favorite Luxury Hotel

Hotel ZaZa



Favorite Ice Cream or Gelato restaurant

Amy's Ice Cream

Favorite Pet-friendly restaurant

Barnaby's Cafe

Favorite Burger restaurant

Beck's Prime

Favorite Food Truck

Bernie's Burger Bus

Favorite Italian restaurant


Favorite restaurant for Cooking Classes

Central Market

Favorite Kid-friendly restaurant

Downtown Aquarium

Favorite Barbecue restaurant

Goode Co. BBQ

Favorite Dessert restaurant

House of Pies

Favorite 24-hour Dining restaurant

House of Pies

Favorite Deli

Kenny & Ziggy's

Favorite Indian restaurant


Favorite Power Lunch restaurant

La Griglia

Favorite Vietnamese restaurant

Mai's Restaurant

Favorite Sushi restaurant


Favorite Ethnic restaurant

Niko Niko's

Favorite Seafood restaurant


Favorite Mexican restaurant