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Houston Have To-Dos

Being a native Houstonian is becoming rarer and rarer these days. When I tell people I was born and raised here (with short detours for college and grad school), they are often surprised. I did a brief stint in Dallas but that’s neither here nor there. I love my city and will gladly elaborate to anyone who will listen! There is just so much to see and do here. Since Super Bowl Weekend is around the corner, I thought I would share all of my favorites for any recent transplants or those of y’all planning to visit soon. So whether you’re visiting or new to town, consider these your Houston Have To-Dos!

In Houston, like many other big cities in the South, you get the best of both worlds. There is no shortage of urban amenities and the simple life is just a stone’s throw away. Folks raised in places like Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans, are somewhere smack-dab in the middle of country bumpkin and city slickers. We were raised to say “Yes, ma’am/sir.” We had Go-Western days in grade school. We probably have cowboy boots in our closets. But right next to those boots might be a cute pair of designer pumps. We would just as soon go to a spoken word night as a hoe-down. And we’re probably saying “Yes, ma’am.” to another round of Rosé! It’s a good mix that feels like home to me, which is why I never want to leave! Additionally, we’ve got all the Southern hospitality you could want, the best Tex-Mex, and pockets of culture all throughout the city and surrounding areas. If all that wasn’t enough, I just have one word for you: Beyoncé. *drops mic* If you’re going to be in town, some of these things should definitely be on your list. Below are direct links to my favorite local spots but I’ve also written about many of them here on the blog. If you want my recommendations on what to order at each place, check out the Travel & Dining page.

Eat: Lucille’s | Peli Peli | PPK | Petite Sweets | Scrappy Brown’sShipley Do-NutsSuya Hut |MKT BarOriginal Max’s Wine Dive | The Original Marini’s Empanada House | Breakfast Brunch Cafe

Drink: Harold’s | Peli Peli | Scrappy Brown’s | The Tuck Room | UnWine on Almeda | Hungry’s

Hello Josephine Smoothies | Bebidas | Hungry’s Upstairs

Stay: Za Za | Hotel Derek | My Bachelorette Pad

Play: Hermann Park/Miller Outdoor Theater | The Tuck Room | Discovery Green | We Love Houston Sign | CityCentre

Shop: The Galleria | River Oaks District | Hong Kong City Mall | Montrose Area (antique home goods)

If you have questions about anything not mentioned here, don’t hesitate to ask me! Thanks for reading!

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  1. I always LOVE traveling with good food recommendations. Great list, thanks for sharing.

  2. I love all these ideas! I especially love that you mentioned Shipley’s – it’s a Houston staple!

    1. Jazz

      Yes! Have to have Shipley! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. I miss Houston so much! I love all these places!! I think Ouisie’s and Dolce Vita are high on my restaurant list, too!! So many good places.

    1. Jazz

      Ouisie’s is a great one! There is no shortage of great eateries around here. Thanks for reading, Jasmine!

  4. This is perfect! I come to Houston pretty often and love trying new places, im going to add these spots to my list of places to hit! Great post!

    1. Jazz

      Thank you and thanks for reading!

  5. This great !! I am from Houston too and this will be such a great year for the city with Super Bowl. Will love to connect with a Houstob blogger if you have time 🙂

    1. Jazz

      Hi and thanks for reading! It’s always nice to meet another Houston blogger. You can definitely shoot me an email at dashofjazzblog(at)gmail.com so we can connect!

  6. bitesofflavor

    Great list!! I’m from a suburb outside of Houston so I love reading any list of the best place of Houston to see. Wish I could be there for the Superbowl!

  7. Funz

    Keep hearing so many great things about several of these places on your lists…I should actually check them out

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