Apparently, there’s a football game happening this weekend in Houston. Crowds will descend on the city to root for the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons. While the stadium will be the place to be to see some pigskin and eat ballpark nachos, Space City’s culinary scene is really (ahem) taking off.
Although you probably won’t be able to snag reservations to chef Chris Shepherd’s new restaurant concept, One Fifth, we have a few other suggestions of where to go. Please note that we’re not the only ones who are fans of these spots and some have limited hours due to parties and catering events, so be sure to call ahead or make reservations.
Dot Coffee Shop
This 24-hour spot specializes in hearty breakfast foods all times of the day. We won’t judge if it’s 2 a.m.
The Breakfast Klub
Tuck into Southern-style breakfast dishes any time before 2 p.m. The waffles, fried chicken, “pankakes,” and more will keep fans cheering through the game.
Flo Paris French Bakery
Swing by for a light breakfast crêpe or a sandwich for lunch. Both are excellent options.
The restaurant that put chef Chris Shepherd on the map and earned him his James Beard Award still draws a crowd for its fusion pork cuisine.
Because burgers are football food, swing by this mainstay to dive into one and watch the game on one of the many TVs.
Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack
This burger stand has been slinging Buffalo burgers and bottled Texan beer for more than 30 years. These people know what they’re doing.
Looking for a break from the burgers and wings? Try this Vietnamese restaurant that’s known for its rice cakes.
House of Pies
This 24-hour institution has been slinging diner fare for 45 years. Order breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but definitely don’t forget the pie.
Stop by for the wood-fired pizzas and rotisserie chicken, but stay for the lengthy and impressive wine list.
Pass & Provisions
This two-for-one restaurant can pose a challenge to get a quality reservation time, but you can’t go wrong with either Pass’ fine dining or Provisions’ more casual atmosphere.
Willie G's Seafood & Steaks
This surf-and-turf restaurant could be the perfect respite from the cheering of game day.
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The home of the original fajita and quite possibly the origin of Tex-Mex cuisine has been a must-eat since 1973.
A local mini-chain, the three restaurants all serve up fantastic Mexican cuisine that pairs perfectly with the free-flowing margaritas.
These desserts are baked throughout the day to ensure freshness. Swing by to grab one (or a dozen) of the football-themed ones for the easiest party add-on.