Living in Houston has me waaaay excited for this year’s Super Bowl. I have to admit, most years I tune into the big game strictly for the nachos and commercials. But this year, we’re hosting in mine and Molly‘s (the face behind the Friday Five) hometown, so we actually know the teams playing. Even more, we’re pumped for the festivities leading up to this Sunday’s main event. In case you’re in town for the Super Bowl, here is a quick comprehensive BEST of Houston guide. Enjoy!
EAT & DRINK
Tiny Boxwoods :: Escape the Upper Kirby hustle and bustle here. Cookies are their claim to fame, but our favorite part is overlooking the pristine lawn from the patio with a latté.
The Dunlavy :: A family friendly brunch spot with the best views in town of our Buffalo Bayou. Bike it before or walk it afterwards: it starts on the border of historic River Oaks and extends all the way into downtown.
Brassiere 19 :: Veuve Clicquot is priced at market, and Beyonce is rumored to have a boozy brunch here Sunday morning. Say no more. We’ll see you there!
B&B Butchers :: Of all of the dinner spots in town, my money is on this spot being the best celeb sighting scene. This upscale steak house is perched just outside of downtown and the dinner menu is to die for. If you’re lucky enough to snag a ressie, go big or go home and get the Chef Tommy’s Bacon. You’ll thank me for one of the most delicious dishes I’ve tasted. Ever. Post dinner, head to Social 51 next door, an upscale pop-up bar created just for SuperBowl.
Uchi :: More than dinner, this sushi spot originally of Austin is a dining experience. Dubbed one of the top eight sushi spots in the country, you’d be sad to miss it.
Armando’s :: Mexican restaurants are on every corner, but this one stands apart from the rest. The amazing ahi tuna tartare tacos were served at A Couture Cause, and they were a hit.
State of Grace :: Pull up a seat in the pearly oyster bar for cocktails and coastal fare or dive into the dining room where beautiful leather booths lie beneath the impressive deer mounts for true Texas decor.
Underbelly :: At minimum, visit the wine bar at this Montrose establishment or find brews at Hay Merchant next door. Stay for supper served by star chef Chris Shepherd. The goat dumplings are his original creation and out of this world.
Common Bond :: The two of us first met here, discussing our mutual love for blogging and having breakfast here. Come in for a cup coffee, and don’t leave without a box of pastries.
Catalina :: This spot is East on Washington on your way downtown, so grab a coffee on your way to Discovery Green.
Blacksmith :: A quaint hipster coffee shop, get the best biscuit this side of the Mississippi here. The Benton’s bacon, egg and cheese croissant is the bomb.com.
Anvil :: The menu at this Montrose staple is Texas-sized, but every drink is as delicious as it is sophisticated. If you’re me, you order Pliny’s and a pretzel to share.
The Pastry War :: Texas is known for mean margaritas, but tequila drinks of all kinds can be found at this downtown bar.
Julep :: Their namesake is their signature drink, but they’ve got plenty more where that came from. A stone’s throw from downtown on Washington, my favorite to sip on is the Whispering Mathilda since gin is my spirit of choice.
SHOPPING & BEAUTY
Tootsies :: A Houston establishment, the chicest Houstonians shop at Tootsies. Carrying a beautifully curated collection of both contemporary and designer styles, this boutique is a must-shop.
River Oaks District :: Houston’s newest luxury shopping destination, favorite stores include Alice + Olivia, Intermix, Joie, Roberta Roller Rabbit, and Bonpoint and locally owned BAANOU carries everything you’ll need for a night out in H-town.
Biscuit :: I’m biased, but this shop is a hop, skip and a jump from several of our other hot spots and is home to a Houston designer’s original bedding line and great gifts for your Houston hostess for the weekend.
Full Blown :: This boutique blow dry bar has a full cocktail bar and couture fashion show coverage on a big screen. They sell R & Co. products, and you’ll be in walking distance from Brasserie 19 when you’re done.
Dripped Nail Salon located in the heart of Montrose, just a few miles from Downtown
Paloma Nails Houston’s newest nail salon in the heart of Uptown
We hope you enjoyed the tour of our hometown, H-town!