Top ChoiceMuseum in Houston

Menil Collection

Menil Collection

As the name suggests, the Menil Collection is rooted in the extraordinary array of art and archaeological artifacts amassed by Houstonians John and Dominique de Menil. Housed in a modernist building designed by...

Top ChoicePark in Houston

Buffalo Bayou Park

Buffalo Bayou Park

This sinuous 160-acre city park follows Buffalo Bayou west from downtown, with easy pedestrian access and plentiful parking en route. Sweeping views stretch back to the downtown skyline, while assorted areas are...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Houston

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Don’t even dream you’ll see the whole of this colossal and absolutely stellar museum – the most popular in Texas – in a single visit. The permanent collection alone is extraordinary, with colorful models and...

Top ChoicePark in Houston

Hermann Park

Hermann Park

This 445-acre park is home to playgrounds, a lake with paddleboats, a picturesque Japanese Garden, the Hermann Park Miniature Train and the Houston Zoo. It offers shady walks under mature old oak trees and there...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Houston

Rothko Chapel

Rothko Chapel

Commissioned by the Menils in 1964 to create a nondenominational chapel, American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko (1903–70) devoted the final years of his life to the project. The octagonal brick structure now...

Top ChoiceTheater in Houston

Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre

Houston's top theater is fresh off a massive 2015 makeover. It offers a packed lineup of shows, large and small, many cast with its revered in-house ensemble of actors.

Top ChoiceModern American in Houston

The Hay Merchant

Renowned for fusing Houston's multicultural influences, chef Chris Shepherd offers an irresistible combination of top-quality restaurant food served in a pub setting. The changing array of beers, draft and/or...

Top ChoiceParade in Houston

Houston Art Car Parade

Wacky, arted-out vehicles – Mad Max, dinosaurs, giant gerbils and more – hit the streets en masse at the city's top alt event. The parade, which centers on Smith St downtown then continues along Allen Pkwy on the...

Top ChoiceBar in Houston

La Carafe

Set in Houston's oldest building (1848 or thereabouts), La Carafe has to be the city’s most atmospheric bar. It's a warmly lit drinking den, with exposed brick, sepia photos on the walls and flickering candles....

Top ChoiceSteak in Houston

Taste of Texas

Welcome to Houston's favorite steakhouse. While other beef palaces start perusing Las Vegas leases at the first sign of success, this long-running gem stays true to its one location. Go to the butcher shop out...

Top ChoiceCreole in Houston

Brennan’s of Houston

The most famous name in New Orleans cooking runs this refined restaurant in Midtown. No mere offshoot, it’s a culinary temple all of its own, blending New Orleans flavors with Texas. Ingredients are uber fresh...

Top ChoiceBurgers in Houston

Lankford Grocery

This vintage neighborhood grocery store is now dedicated to serving some of Houston's finest burgers. Thick, juicy and loaded condiments, what more could you want? The interior is shambolic but there’s plenty of...

Top ChoiceMexican in Houston

Hugo's

Chef Hugo Ortega elevates regional Mexican cooking and street food to high art in this much-celebrated Montrose bodega. Many menu items may seem familiar, but these well-spiced meats and Oaxacan-style dishes are...

Top ChoiceMexican in Houston

Original Ninfas

Formal but friendly, this large Mexican restaurant, just east of downtown, is a true local institution. Houstonians have flocked here since the 1970s to savor the legendary shrimp diablo, tacos al carbon (beef...

Top ChoiceLive Performance in Houston

Rudyard's Pub

Rudyard’s puts on live events most nights, typically including edgy and indie bands at weekends, comedy on Mondays and karaoke on Tuesdays. A fine selection of microbrews and good grub (especially the burgers) –...

Top ChoiceLive Performance in Houston

Match

Opened in 2017, this impressive performance venue is used by over 500 Houston cultural groups and organizations that aren't part of the big money Theater District downtown. Its four venues seat from 70 to 350...

Top ChoiceBurgers in Houston

Stanton’s City Bites

In a town where the competition for best burger is tough, Stanton's is always on the A-list, with big, stacked juicy burgers. The chipotle option has spicy zing. Besides beer and wine, there's a range of...

Top ChoiceBeer Garden in Houston

Moon Tower Inn

A simple shack with an edgy Warehouse District vibe, Moon Tower Inn draws a lively crowd of young and old. They hunker down at picnic tables in its huge yard, strung with lights, over frothy housemade microbrews...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Houston

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

Acoustic, Irish, folk and country performers play nightly in pubby surrounds. Concert prices vary but Mondays (open-mike) and Wednesdays (Irish folk) are free. It's a great space with a classy supper-club look,...