Houston International Festival
Every spring for 2 consecutive weekends, several blocks and parks of downtown Houston are blocked off for the city's largest festival of the year. The Houston International Festival showcases Houston's diverse cultures and puts each on display for all to see. Each year a different country is spotlighted, with it's arts and culture exhibited. There are hundreds of vendors set up on the grounds, selling anything from crafts to food. There are various shows put on by local and visiting groups and clubs. The music is the highlight though, with several stages set up all around the festival, presenting an enormous variety of singers and bands from around the world. Admission is $10 at the entrance, but discount tickets are usually available ahead of time at local grocery stores. Check out the ifest website for dates and other details. A must-do if you are in the Houston area during this time!
Not A Liquor Store, A Liquor Warehouse!
If you are in need of alcohol, this is the place to go in Houston! Spec's is a local chain of liquor stores here in town, but their main location in midtown has the most alcohol I have ever seen in one place anywhere! It is huge! So may selections of domestic and imported beers, wines, and spirits. And they have everything else you could possibly want for a get together, including deli items (they have some of the best sandwiches in town!), gourmet foods, cheeses, even a vast assortment of cigars. And if you need your items delivered for that party you are having, they can accommodate you for that as well!
Thibodeaux's Cajun Food
This is a small, but very good Cajun restaurant. When the crayfish are in season this is the place to come. Nothing like sitting down to a bucket of steaming crayfish with a beer or two and some friends. Their other menu items are very good as well. Cajun Crayfish...HooooooYeah!
Restaurant, Brewery, Sports Bar: Call It Whatever!
Describing this place is not the easiest of tasks, because it has elements of a few different type of places. But no matter, because whatever you term it as, Two Rows is a great place to enjoy a meal, a beer, and take in some sports on the tube! With all of the televisions that are placed inside, as well as outside on the patio, and the fact that they are always showing sports events, you could term this place a sports bar. With it's extensive menu of delicious sandwiches, burgers, entrees, and salads, you could also define this place as a restaurant. And the fact that they brew their own beer on the premises would allow you to also call this place a brewery! So call it what you will, the food is tasty, the beer is great, and the sports are aplenty! :) And by no means is this place a dump. It has a very modern decor, and is popular with all sorts of people, from local college students to elderly couples in their golden years. I really like the Pollo Guapo sandwich here, which has blackened chicken, avocado slices, mushrooms, & mozzarella. As for beer, Osage Golden Wheat is excellent; a great pale malt served with a slice of lemon.
Just east of Memorial Park,...
Just east of Memorial Park, you will see Otto's, former Pres. Bush favorite burger and bar b q dive. Go down Malone (on the left side) to see the BEER CAN house-yep, you heard me right. Further down, on Floyd you will see a house too hard to describe with gigantic tin columns and an open-air room.Architect Frank Zeni's own home. (Don't stare)