Where to Eat in East Downtown (EaDo)

Near the George R. Brown Convention Center and PNC Stadium you’ll find the vibrant and vastly growing neighborhoods of EaDo (short for East Downtown) and East End. EaDo was once home to Houston’s Chinatown and East End has been known for its great art scene. Both neighborhoods now boast a culturally diverse selection of restaurants and bars for Houstonians and visitors to enjoy. If you’re hungry for a good time, read on for our food and drink recommendations! 

 Brass Tacks
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Brass Tacks is the perfect place to study, work or simply get your day started. Grab a pastry and an iced coffee, nitro cold brew or a London fog tea to take on the day. If you love a good breakfast option order their “BELT” croissant with bacon, sunny-side up egg, lettuce and tomato or a chorizo, egg and cheese breakfast taco with a warm flour tortilla. 

You can also try Brothers Taco House whose breakfast tacos are so good, you’ll often find a line out the door! Taste their popular barbacoa, egg, picadillo or migas breakfast tacos made with freshly made tortillas. 

Rodeo Goat
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Rodeo Goat is a casual joint that offers creative variations of house-ground burgers like their Sugar Burger with candied bacon, grilled peaches, caramelized onions, arugula and jalapeño jam that you can enjoy indoors or on their outdoor patio. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. Be sure to add cheese fries to your order (they are half priced on Wednesdays)!

Visit SeaSide Poke for a quick lunch and try their poke, a classic Hawaiian dish made with produce from local Texas farms and sustainably caught fish to give it a Houston flavor. Get creative and build your own poke bowl or opt for one of their popular bowls like the Salmon Ponzu made with ponzu, oranges, edamame, fried garlic, maldon and orange oil. 

Happy Hour

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Truck Yard
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Known to be an adult playground for its ferris wheel, food trucks, live music (6 - 9 p.m.) and great drinks, Truck Yard is a neighborhood favorite. You and your friends can enjoy carne asada, steak philly or chicken philly tacos on Taco Tuesdays for $2 each and pair with $3 frozen margaritas and $4 select Mexican beers. Pets and children are allowed, but Truck Yard is 21+ after 9 pm.

The popular Little Woodrow’s in EaDo is another great spot to relax, enjoy drinks and hang out with friends on the patio. You can choose $3 domestic drafts, $4 wells, $5 select calls from their happy hour menu available Monday through Friday from open to 7 p.m. You can also start your week with Texas Mondays where you can have $1 off select Texas beer and liquors and continue with Tall Beer Tuesdays to receive a 22oz select draft beer.

Dinner options along Bellaire Boulevard are endless, but for a nice dinner with friends in a warm and intimate atmosphere, try Costa Brava Bistro. On the menu you’ll find Spanish- and French-influenced dishes and a well curated wine list. Try ordering several appetizers to share and enjoy tapas-style.

If you’d like something more casual but equally delicious, try Mala Sichuan. This acclaimed Sichuan-style restaurant now has three locations in Houston. The original Bellaire location is homey and welcoming and definitely worth a visit for its Dan Dan noodles, crispy Mala beef, basil crispy chicken, and more.

Pho Binh
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Late Night

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After dinner, sit back and relax with a glass of wine at Roots, a self-serve wine bar that offers you to “Try Before You Buy” by using fully automated wine dispensing machines. You can taste fine wine in 1 oz, 3 oz, or 5 oz pours from their rotating list of 50+ wines on tap. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. If you’re up for a late night snack, you can order food like the Crawfish Croquettas and Fried Oysters. The Tasting Room and patio are open from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. on Wednesday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday and 12 - 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Continue the night with great beer, ciders, seltzers, cocktails and food trucks at the laid-back East End Backyard brought to you by owner and Houston Dynamo legend Brian Ching. It’s 16,000-square-foot patio and 3,500-square-foot dog park makes it a great spot to enjoy with friends and pets. This bar is kid-friendly until 8 pm and open Tuesday - Thursday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.