Most out-of-towners come here knowing nothing of #kolachelife. But if there were to be a boxing match for the title of Heavyweight Champion of Houston Breakfast, it’d be a solid fight between this pastry and the breakfast taco. Thankfully, there’s not an upcoming match, because we really can’t decide who we’d put our money on. The sweet, filled, and stuffed pastries were brought to Texas by Czech immigrants during the mid- to late 19th century. As addicting as they are, it didn’t take long for them to make a name for themselves in Texan culture. Today, you’ll find them everywhere, but you’ll want to step away from the Kolache Factory and make sure you try some more authentic varieties, like at The Original Kolache Shoppe, for instance.
A meal in Chinatown
If you’ve been settling for whatever questionable Chinese, Thai, and Pakistani restaurants that will deliver to your apartment at 10pm on a Friday night, you’ve been doing Houston wrong. (Side note: you should be out, not getting delivery at 10pm on a weekend, because at the very least, you may find some Pokémon out there.) What you need to be doing is making your way to Chinatown, which should really be called something else because it has way more than just Peking duck and dim sum (though don’t worry, there’s that, too). Until you work a weekly pilgrimage to Asiatown into your routine, you’re not a Houstonian IRL.