Tequila (and, of course, mezcal)
Only OT VIII-level Houstonians know the difference between mezcal and tequila. The intricacies are best learned over a tasting sesh at The Pastry War, but we’ll give you a head start. Both are made from the agave plant, and tequila is technically a type of mezcal. The differences come along in the production method and type of agave used. Tequila can be made only from agave tequilana (blue agave), and can only produced in the state of Jalisco and other small regions. Mezcal can be produced from over 30 varieties of agave and in most Mexican states. As such, it has a lot more variety of flavor and smokiness, which comes from a different production technique. Like we said, you should really just go to Pastry War.
Outside skirt steak fajitas
You can get mediocre steak fajitas at any Tex-Mex chain around the nation, but true Houstonians know the only way to do fajitas right is to make them with outside skirt, just the way Mama Ninfa taught us. Get ‘em sizzling on a hot comal, with fat, fluffy, freshly made tortillas and all the proper trimmings. Then tack on a giant grilled jalapeño, because this is Houston, and we just can’t help our damn selves, can we?