5 Tastes of Houston

The best Southern favorites enjoyed by the locals in Houston

In Texan style, all of these local places are family owned and run.

Houston, Texas, is known for serving some of the best Southern favorites in the country. Home to some of the best barbecue in the U.S., Houston has a wide array of restaurants serving all kinds of meats along with traditional BBQ dishes.

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Additionally, Houston is home to some Southern chicken favorites, like chicken and waffles. Houston also has strong Tex-Mex influences. The result of the presence of all these different cuisines is a city bursting with unique culinary options, all rooted in tradition — and all of the restaurants on our list are family owned and operated. Honored by locals and frequented by visitors, these places consistently create long lines. They may not be the newest or trendiest addresses in town, but having been around for years, these spots are tried and true.


Whether you are visiting Houston for a relaxing vacation or just passing through, here are some landmark local spots to visit for a taste of Houston. Check out the slideshow to see more!