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Not Tex-Mex (Texas-Mexican) but Mexican cuisine. They make their own homemade spicy sauces. Personal favorite: Chicken flautas
Los Cocos Restaurant
3419 West Orem Drive
Not Tex-Mex (Texas-Mexican) but Mexican cuisine. They make their own homemade spicy sauces. Personal favorite: Chicken flautas
A wide selection of daiquiri drinks and flavored chicken wings. Be forewarned, the drinks are strong. Personal favorite: Lemon pepper wings
Daiquiri Shack
12703 Kirby Drive
A wide selection of daiquiri drinks and flavored chicken wings. Be forewarned, the drinks are strong. Personal favorite: Lemon pepper wings
They are an authentic Italian restaurant. Nothing like fake Olive Garden or Carrabba’s. Their menu is a la carte. Good customer service. Wait time might be long. Personal favorites: Spaghetti alla carbonara, panna cotta al yogurt.
Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
3215 Westheimer Road
They are an authentic Italian restaurant. Nothing like fake Olive Garden or Carrabba’s. Their menu is a la carte. Good customer service. Wait time might be long. Personal favorites: Spaghetti alla carbonara, panna cotta al yogurt.
American Southern cuisine. Be prepared to wait in line for at least an hour but it’s worth it. Stuffed turkey leg is a popular dish.
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Turkey Leg Hut
4830 Almeda Rd
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American Southern cuisine. Be prepared to wait in line for at least an hour but it’s worth it. Stuffed turkey leg is a popular dish.
They offer white and whole wheat crusts. You can choose deep dish or NY style crust and customize your own pizza. Personal favorites: Margherita, Chicken Alfredo (substitute the chicken for beef).
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Star Pizza
2111 Norfolk Street
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They offer white and whole wheat crusts. You can choose deep dish or NY style crust and customize your own pizza. Personal favorites: Margherita, Chicken Alfredo (substitute the chicken for beef).
They serve brunch and dinner. Good for happy hour.
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Benjy's
2424 Dunstan Road
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They serve brunch and dinner. Good for happy hour.
Not a restaurant but a local cheesemonger. They offer cheese tasting daily and always wish I could buy all of them. They have a great selection of artisan cheeses. They also sell fresh white bread, local butter (from Layla farms), yogurt (from Bellwether farms), snacks (cookies, crackers, olives), proscuitto, honey, a variety of wine, and more. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable about their selection of cheeses. It looks like their staff changes from time to time.
Houston Dairymaids
2201 Airline Drive
Not a restaurant but a local cheesemonger. They offer cheese tasting daily and always wish I could buy all of them. They have a great selection of artisan cheeses. They also sell fresh white bread, local butter (from Layla farms), yogurt (from Bellwether farms), snacks (cookies, crackers, olives), proscuitto, honey, a variety of wine, and more. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable about their selection of cheeses. It looks like their staff changes from time to time.
Prices are fairly reasonable. Their food is family-style. You could share a plate of shrimp Pad Thai between 3 to 4 people. Cost was $9.95. Personal favorite: Shrimp pad thai
Tony Thai Restaurant
10613 Bellaire Blvd
Prices are fairly reasonable. Their food is family-style. You could share a plate of shrimp Pad Thai between 3 to 4 people. Cost was $9.95. Personal favorite: Shrimp pad thai
I would say this establishment is a "gourmet" taco place. They know how to flavor their tacos!!! Personal favorite: Angus Brisket
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Velvet Taco
4819 Washington Ave
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I would say this establishment is a "gourmet" taco place. They know how to flavor their tacos!!! Personal favorite: Angus Brisket
Personal favorite: Drunken Noodles
Thai Stellar
803 E NASA Pkwy
Personal favorite: Drunken Noodles
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Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen
309 Gray Street
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Craving for Jamaican cuisine? Here's your spot! Personal favorite: Goat curry, Jamaican beef patty, Coco bread
Helen's Kitchen
14608 S Post Oak Rd
Craving for Jamaican cuisine? Here's your spot! Personal favorite: Goat curry, Jamaican beef patty, Coco bread
They have the best pupusas! Most popular is pork and cheese. The spinach and cheese is also a good choice. Their beef empanadas are delicious.
Taqueria y Pupuseria Cristal
4321 West Orem Drive
They have the best pupusas! Most popular is pork and cheese. The spinach and cheese is also a good choice. Their beef empanadas are delicious.
Decent tacos. They only accept cash. Personal favorite: tacos with chorizo
Tacos 2 Amigos
14698 Hiram Clarke Road
Decent tacos. They only accept cash. Personal favorite: tacos with chorizo
I've tried different Jamaican restaurants in Houston and this one is the best
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Cool Runnings
8270 W Bellfort Blvd
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I've tried different Jamaican restaurants in Houston and this one is the best
Sightseeing
Home to more than 4,500 exotic animals. Free daytime admission is provided once a month, typically on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from open until closing.
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Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
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Home to more than 4,500 exotic animals. Free daytime admission is provided once a month, typically on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from open until closing.
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Downtown Aquarium
410 Bagby Street
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Located on Rice University campus
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James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace
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Located on Rice University campus
Located inside Hermann Park. Features a teahouse, small waterfalls, bridges, and lush gardens. Open daily and no admission charged.
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Japanese Garden
6000 Fannin St
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Located inside Hermann Park. Features a teahouse, small waterfalls, bridges, and lush gardens. Open daily and no admission charged.
A venue for various shows and concerts, which are free to the public. To get a covered seat, you must pick up a ticket in advance. Otherwise, you can sit on the lawn. Events occur mainly during the spring and summer.
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Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
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A venue for various shows and concerts, which are free to the public. To get a covered seat, you must pick up a ticket in advance. Otherwise, you can sit on the lawn. Events occur mainly during the spring and summer.
They offer film showings and various works of art. Free for Bank of America cardholders.
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Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet Street
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They offer film showings and various works of art. Free for Bank of America cardholders.
Has 5 floors of permanent exhibits, astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, geology, seashells and Texas wildlife. Free on Thursdays from 2 pm till closing.
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Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
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Has 5 floors of permanent exhibits, astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, geology, seashells and Texas wildlife. Free on Thursdays from 2 pm till closing.
Small nature park in the city near the Galleria
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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
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Small nature park in the city near the Galleria
For adventure thrill seekers!
Skydive Spaceland Houston
16111 FM 521 Rd
For adventure thrill seekers!
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Rothko Chapel
3900 Yupon Street
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The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
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Next to the Medical Center. Great spot for a run. Houston Zoo, The Japanese Garden, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and McGovern Centennial Garden are all located inside this park.
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Hermann Park
6001 Fannin Street
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Next to the Medical Center. Great spot for a run. Houston Zoo, The Japanese Garden, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and McGovern Centennial Garden are all located inside this park.
Great views! Nice place to walk around and take photos
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McGovern Centennial Gardens
1500 Hermann Drive
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Great views! Nice place to walk around and take photos
Crocodile Encounter
23231 County Road 48
American Statesmanship Park
1400 Elder St
Sights an hour away
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Galveston Beach
6285 Seawall Blvd
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Good spot for family barbecues. Easy hiking trails are available (none are steep). Lots of alligators and wide array of bird species.
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Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762 Road
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Good spot for family barbecues. Easy hiking trails are available (none are steep). Lots of alligators and wide array of bird species.
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Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Avenue
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During the mild winter, a section of the park is open. Great for families.
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Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston
2026 Lockheed Road
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During the mild winter, a section of the park is open. Great for families.
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Moody Gardens
1 Hope Boulevard
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Space Center Houston
1601 East Nasa Parkway
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Lake Livingston State Park
300 State Park Rd 65
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Groceries
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H-E-B plus!
2805 Business Center Dr
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Walmart Supercenter
10505 Broadway street
Target
3045 Silverlake Village Drive
Family Dollar
2913 West Orem Drive
Kroger
11003 Shadow Creek Parkway

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