How To Have The Perfect Gourmet Weekend In Houston

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The last few years have been good for this cityculturally speaking. From the broadcast of Anthony Bourdain's Houston episode of Parts unknown, In addition to countless Netflix specials and GQ articles as well as a World Series ring and the great Texas barbecue renaissance continue the cultural and culinary awards.

While those of us who have for years preached the merits of the city of Bayou to a deafening refrain of eye rolls and shrugs now say, "I told you," we applaud the many praises of the incredible diversity, thriving gastronomy, and diversity of ours City "Southern cool" aesthetics. Experience Houston as Bourdain, David Chang and most recently Andrew Zimmern. Whether you are visiting a friend, traveling to work, or embarking on a long overdue gastro-pilgrimage, we have the food and drink recommendations you need. This is our version of a perfect weekend in the city of Bayou.

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Ornate plates of beautiful Mexican food await you in Xochi.

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Friday

Once you've overcome the heat and humidity, you'll want to start with a welcome dinner. Somewhat conspicuous, pretentious, confident, but without substance. A place to question your ideas of a city and a kitchen. We are talking about Xochi, the crown jewel of the culinary empire of Chef Hugo Ortega. From Mole-tasting flights to a dark Mayan soup, which is kept hot by volcanic stones, Xochi's menu is a culinary walk through the ancient indigenous cuisine of inland Mexico.

After dinner, a nightcap in the city center is a short drive away Market Square Park, Once the trading center of Houston, it is now considered a rare historic landmark in a city that lacks the charming colonial history of the Dixieland South and East coasts. There you will find the oldest working bar in Houston. La Carafe– Part of the history of Texas, part of French history, part of the London pub. There is beer and wine and a cigarette on the terrace, or you can watch as the candle wax melts to the sounds of a lounge piano and creaky bottoms.

For a more spirited affair, take a block up Travis Street Public Services Wine and whiskey barJustin Vann is usually ready to guide you through his extensive selection of rare whiskeys and wines.

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You'll be just steps away from parked cars at La Guadalupana Bakery & Cafe.

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Saturday

Now is the time to venture beyond the skyline – where the humans are.

Nothing says Saturday morning in Houston as much as scrambled eggs in a flour tortilla. In Houston, several Taquerias of the old school serve classic breakfast tacos on handmade tortillas with a certain uniqueness je ne sais quoi passed down through generations. La Guadalupana Bakery & Café, Such a place is a backstory of a time and a neighborhood that has been lost through rising property values ​​and cultural whitewashing. They do not encourage takeaway orders, so bring company or sit and enjoy the sounds of a neighborhood dive on a lazy Saturday in Montrose.

Travel is essentially a free pass to drink all day. On vacation there is no five o'clock rule. With that in mind, we head to the Heights – Houston's oldest, best-within-reach and least-known neighborhood, for a cocktail destination as effortlessly cool as any bar in America imagines. Better luck tomorrow is a collaborative effort by James Beard with Chef Justin Yu (Oxheart, Theodore Rex) and Mix heavyweight Bobby Heugel (Anvil, The Pastry War). The two have made a concerted effort to create a neighborhood bar with the cocktail chops of the chicest downtown gin joint and the menu potential of one of Yu's highly decorated restaurants.

Back to Montrose, where a restaurant quietly creates a legacy for its own chef, Ryan Lachaine. Riel is the first concept of the Canadian and former sous boss of Chris Shepherd's Underbelly. Lachaine's creativity and flair for ethnic influences make his intimate restaurant and small plates one of Houston's most exciting restaurants. Try the vodka-flavored Oysters Moscow with a dash of crème fraiche and caviar, try champignons with empanadas, or try a whiskey through a bone marrow sledge and chase it with a piece of toast wrapped in marrow. Riel's cocktail list reflects Lachaines fondness for classic hip-hop with drink names like the tequila-centered My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me, created by rap legend Willie D. of Houston.

Sunday

After two days of trendy food and chic drinking, it's time to leave the loop to discover a page from Houston that defines the daily lives of its 2.3 million inhabitants. We're talking about Asiatown and the Metropolitan area of ​​Greater Houston, beyond downtown Inner Loop.

Asiatown grew out of a handful of shopping centers with former Inner Loop residents from their Midtown and East End communities. Today, it stretches over several miles of shops and now extends further southwest into the adjacent Alief. The growing community covers the breadth of the various Asian immigrant populations in Houston – mainly Vietnamese, Koreans, Indians, Pakistanis and Chinese.

Start with Dim Sum. The traditional Chinese small plate dining serves as the perfect lead for the American weekend, which is binge eating. How Houston Dim Sum goes, Fung's Kitchen is an absolute must. Fung's is a family-run establishment that offers push-cart service on weekends. It is known that they serve some of the country's best dim sum in Hong Kong. You can choose from almond prawns, taro puffs, pasta in black eel sauce, pork belly and dozens of dumplings. It is undeniably an outstanding experience in Houston.

After breakfast, a ride on Bellaire Boulevard should provide ample entertainment to fill the rest of the afternoon. Visit Dun Huang Plaza, a bustling commercial center with over 100 shops offering everything from foot baths to Chinese bakeries to Boba tea.

In a perfect world, you have time for dinner on Sunday. Hopefully you have prepared for this trip in advance with a coveted Sunday reservation at Houston. indigo, Chef Jonathan "Jonny" Rhodes opened in 2018 his intimate dining room with 13 seats. The experience is a guided tour of food originating in Africa, where Rhodes directs each course and the associated history lesson – focusing on oppression and survival. It is a revelation of food, history and art in a neighborhood most Houstoners have not visited before. Indigo defies expectations in its own poetic way, much like the Bayou City.

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