Convince them to try crawfish
Mudbugging is a Houston right of passage, as is spreading the good word and teaching your visitors how to pinch, peel, and suck properly. In season (roughly from February through June), you’ll find crawfish at favorites from BB’s Cafe to pop-up shack The Boil House, both of which offer fiery Cajun-style bugs. Viet-Cajun joints, including the famed Crawfish & Noodles and Midtown’s Saigon House, usually serve the garlic-butter-loaded crawdads year-round.
Plan the ultimate picnic
Houston’s most epic picnic purveyors are here to help. Near the Heights? Buy a ton of cheeses at Houston Dairymaids, then hop over to Canino Produce for fresh fruits and preserves. If you’re Downtown, hit up Phoenicia Specialty Foods and go nuts on imported cheeses, salumis, fresh salads, hummus and baklava. Now pat yourself on the back and bring your spread to Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park, Hermann Park, Memorial Park or Menil Campus.
Treat yourself to an opulent meal
Houston’s dining scene is world-class, with plenty of expense account restaurant experiences that are worth the splurge (we even recently got ourselves a Nobu). Try the intimate tasting menu at The Pass; it’s constantly refreshed, but you can expect five intricate courses offering tastes like tuna belly, caviar and pancakes, and roasted foie gras, plus expertly paired wines if you please. Looking to go big on beef? Doris Metropolitan is one of the city’s hottest steakhouses right now, offering Mediterranean flavors alongside beef dry-aged in a show-stopping, chandelier-lit meat locker. With so many good options, we have you covered with even more of the very best places to eat in Houston right now.
This fairly fresh spot hits the honky-tonk trifecta: live music, two-steppin, and plenty of good whiskey. On Thursdays through Saturdays, you’ll find local and regional country acts, as well as bluegrass, Zydeco and Americana. But if it’s not a weekend, don’t worry; you’ll always find 40 labels of bourbon, rotating drafts, craft cocktails, and late-night tacos filled with everything from 44 farms cheesesteak to lamb barbacoa.
Free or $
This newly revamped arts and cultural district houses plenty of bars, restaurants, and shopping. And at the center of it all is Sawyer Yards, with 55 acres of repurposed industrial warehouses, over 300 creative working studios, and an exceptional art community. Every second Saturday of the month, the district hosts a curated open market, and local artists open their studios to the public, showing off sculptures, paintings, jewelry and photography, from noon to 5pm. Afterward, hit up Holler Brewing Co. for juicy IPAs.
Jam to live music
Rock your face off to live music at venues like Walter’s, Warehouse Live, The Continental Club, and White Oak Music Hall; get rowdy at Midtown’s Howl at the Moon; check out the country lineups at The Rustic and Goodnight Charlie’s; or make your very own live music with some questionable singing at Glitter Karaoke.