Fall extravaganzas: From craft fairs to art markets, this is where to drool over handmade goods in the Houston area
Want to purchase quality items from the person who made them? Here are several craft fairs, art markets and festivals where you can shop for unique goods while supporting local artists and businesses.
🔒Ultimate Texas to-do list: The Lone Star State’s 101 best experiences
A strenuous hike up Guadalupe Peak; A bowl of ice cream in Brenham; An unforgettable performance in Palo Duro; A bottle of Dr Pepper in Dublin; A hidden desk in Alpine; and 96 more delightful and awe-inspiring Texas experiences to satisfy your wanderlust.
Mother Nature’s Texas to-do list: These classic hikes showcase our state’s wild splendors
If Mother Nature made a to-do list for Texas, we’d venture to guess that these hikes would be on it. They capture much of what the Lone Star State’s wild backyard has to offer. Breathtaking mountain vistas? Check. Splendid canyons? Check. Deep forests and swampy lowlands? Check and check.
🔒 Pick up the perfect gifts at these shops, small businesses you’ll only find in Houston
Where we spend our money matters and when we buy local, our money does more good for our community than it does when we shop at big-box stores, so when you go shopping for surprises, whether they be for a birthday, holiday or major life milestone, consider supporting local entrepreneurs.
From hidden gems to historic spots: Discover ‘111 Places in Houston That You Must Not Miss’
"111 Places in Houston That You Must Not Miss" (Emons:)“111 Places That You Must Not Miss” is the name of the popular series launched by Emons Verlag in 2008. The colorful attire and accessories at Roop Sari PalaceRoop Sari Palace (111 places in Houston that you must not miss)2. The gods and goddesses at Teo Chew TempleTeo Chew Temple (111 places in Houston that you must not miss)3. Listening to the Mariachi Mass at St. Joseph Catholic ChurchMariachi Mass (111 places in Houston that you must not miss)For the complete list, get 111 Places in Houston That You Must Not Miss, available now at book retailers. Dana DuTerroil and Joni Fincham (111 places in Houston that you must not miss)To connect with DuTerroil and Fincham, click here.
6 spring break ideas for families in Houston
HOUSTON – If you are wondering what to do to keep the family busy and entertained during spring break, we’ve got you covered. There’s also a VR experience in which you can do 3D and do a day in the life of Van Gogh the artist. Keep in mind you’re going to have to be masked to go there,” said Sorena. You’ll start at George R. Brown and they’ll help guide you along Downtown as you solve the mystery of this art heist. To connect with Mommy Nearest, visit their website or download the free Mommy Nearest app for iPhone and Android.
LIST: This is where Houstonians say they get the best cream-filled doughnuts in our area
HOUSTON – Who can resist a delicious cream-filled doughnut? Whether you enjoy chocolate cream, vanilla creme or even Bavarian creme, the possibilities with these doughnuts are endless. To find the best places, we asked our KPRC 2 social media followers for their recommendations on where to score the best of these sweet treats in the Houston area. Here’s where they said the best are made in our area:Classic Donuts (8409 Beechnut, Houston)Best Donuts (1730 Williams Trace Blvd, Sugar Land)Shipley Do-Nuts (multiple locations)Donut Licious (1535 Spring Cypress, Spring)Donut Hole (multiple locations)Dillon Donuts (10527 FM 1764, Santa Fe)Know any others that we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!
Where2Eat: 6 of Galvestons best eateries, according to locals and visitors
We had the fried ribs and the catfish, the food was amazing, and the service was even better! - Steven C.This place has great food! Where: 8027 Harborside Drive Rating: 5 stars Number of reviews: 49 What people are saying: Yes yes and more yes. Where: 1528 Avenue L Rating: 4.5 stars Number of reviews: 573 What people are saying: Our breakfast stop when visiting Galveston. Best place for sandwiches in Galveston Island. Its a great place to eat or just to pick up.
10 of Houston’s best shrimp taco spots, according to residents
Everyone loves tacos, but adding shrimp takes the deliciousness factor up a few notches. Here is where our Facebook KPRC 2 audience said you could find the best shrimp tacos in Houston:Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp - All locationsGrab N Go Tacos - All locationsLiberty Taco - Both locations (4703 Richmond Ave and 333 Old Spanish Trail)Bodega’s Taco Shop - 1200 BinzFuzzy’s Tacos - All locationsUSA Wings - 54 E Crosstimbers St.Chavez Mexican Cafe - Both locations (2557 Gessner E and 5930 Hwy. 6 North)La Brisa Mexican Grill - 501 N Wesley Dr.El Tacozano - 4003 Fulton StTorchy’s Tacos - All locations
These are the 17 best places to get hot dogs in Houston, according to residents
In the mood for a good hot dog? We’ve got a list on where you can find Houstonians favorites. Our KPRC 2 Facebook audience gave us these recommendations when we asked where to go:Good Dog Houston - All locationsCream Burger - 3481 Elgin StYoyo’s Hot Dog - 5555 Morningside DrJames Coney Island - All locationsSonny’s Place - 1206 19th St.Costco - All locationsThat’s My Dog - 22635 Morton Ranch Rd. AdCrave Hot Dogs and BBQ - All locationsSonic - All locationsBuldogies - 14543 Hwy 105 WestThe Burger Joint - Both locations (2703 Montrose Blvd. and 2002 N Shepherd Dr.)AdStomp’s Burger Joint - All locationsGood Dog - Both locations (903 Studewood St. and 1312 W. Alabama St.)Happy Endings - 3701 Travis St.Waddup Dog Houston - Check their social media for locationBubba’s Texas Burger Shack - 5230 Westpark Dr.
Best places to get refried beans in the Houston area, according to residents
Good refried beans are hard to come by, but when you find what you love you are likely to come back over and over. We asked our KPRC 2 social media audience where the the best places were to get refried beans and here’s what you said:Casa OléMultiple locationsMonterey House1090 S 11th St in BeaumontHEBMultiple locationsMerida Mexican Restaurant2509 Navigation BlvdIguana Joe’sMultiple locationsLupe TortillaMultiple locationsTaqueria Allende903 Broadway StMayra Arreozola said “they have the best! !”Sylvia’s Enchilada KitchenBoth locations (6401 Woodway Dr and 1140 Eldridge Pkwy)Gloria’s Latin CuisineBoth locations (2616 Louisiana St and 700 Baybrook Mall)Las Mañanitas Mexican RestaurantMultiple locationsLa Maria Mexican RestaurantBoth locations (16860 Stuebner Airline Rd and 17445 Spring Cypress Rd)i_am_pho_real from instagram said “I’ve had Mexican food all over Houston; all the popular places. Their refried beans are the absolute best.”Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant and CantinaMultiple locationsPappasito’s CantinaMultiple locationsCasa Vaqueros2140 FM 1092 Rd,Missouri City, TX, 77459Fajitas A Go Go5404 Kirby DriveFonda Santa Rosa9908 Beechnut StTaqueria Guadalajara703 S 75th St
15 dive bars Houstonians most recommend
Bars may be closed, but you can still put places on your to-do list for when they open back up. If you are looking for some good dive bars to go to after the pandemic, your fellow Houstonians have just the places for you. We asked KPRC 2s Facebook followers for suggestions and heres what they came up with:1. West Alabama Ice House1919 West Alabama St10. Warrens Inn307 Travis St
Houstonians say these 11 places serve the best chocolate eclairs in the area
HOUSTON – Chocolate eclairs, a delectable sweet originated in France is popular among Houstonians. The oblong-shaped pastry was first invented in the 1860s and made their way to the U.S. and Canada soon after. In honor of National Chocolate Eclair Day, we asked our KPRC 2 Facebook and Instagram followers which places serve the best chocolate eclairs in Houston. Here’s what they recommended:Ooh La La Dessert Boutique (Multiple locations)Shipley’s Do-Nuts (Multiple locations)Three Brothers Bakery (Multiple locations)Kenny and Ziggy’s Delicatessen (2327 Post Oak, Houston)Moeller’s (4201 Bellaire, Houston)House of Pies (Multiple locations)La Madeleine French Cafe & Bakery (Multiple locations)Croissant-Brioche (2435 Rice, Houston)French Gourmet Bakery (2250 Westheimer, Houston)Phoenicia Greek Market (Multiple locations)H-E-B Central Market (3815 Westheimer, Houston)Did we miss any recommendations? Let us know in the comments below and we will add them to the list!
Houstonians say these 16 restaurants serve the best french fries in town
HOUSTON From McDonalds to Five Guys and small Houston-area restaurants such as Dak and Bop and Oh My Gogi, KPRC 2 readers have shared which restaurant in the Houston-area serves the best french fries. Based on the comments, heres what they recommend: Weston Drounette, a Facebook follower visited The Catch in Conroe recently, and he said their french fries are the best. Best fries I have ever had on top of the amazing food. Instagram user @sweet_levijones says Phoenicias Zataan fries are best in-store. They taste the best when made fresh! @huddyham713, one of our Twitter followers recommended Dak and Bop on 18th Street in the Heights area. The Kimchi fries and the truffle oil fries with the Parmesan cheese are the best! Its gotta be Oh My Gogi, said Twitter user @joyousmonkey1997, who recommended the Korean food truck Oh My Gogi located in Rice Village, theyre called OMG!
Venture underground: 6 family-friendly Texas caves worth exploring
When you’re ready to tackle an adventure beyond your own backyard, grab your headlamp, and get ready to head underground and explore these six showstopping Texas caves centuries in the making. 325 Kreutzberg Road, Boerne; cavewithoutaname.comAdInner Space CavernInner Space Cavern, located in Georgetown, is considered one of the best-preserved caves in Texas. 4200 S. I-35, Georgetown; innerspacecavern.comLonghorn Cavern State ParkAn hour and a half northwest of Austin in Burnet, Longhorn Cavern State Park’s namesake attraction is Longhorn Cavern, open daily for tours since 1938. 1711 Pvt Rd 4468, Sonora; cavernsofsonora.comKickapoo Cavern State ParkKickapoo Cavern State Park has 20 known caves. Park staff lead cave tours of Kickapoo Cavern each Saturday.
Houstonians say these 5 places and chefs make the best devils food cake
HOUSTON In honor of National Devils Food Cake Day on Tuesday, we asked our social media followers where they find the best devils food cake in Houston. Heres what they recommended:Fluff Bake BarAddress: 1701 15th Street, HoustonWebsite: fluffbakebar.comMany of our Instagram followers praised Fluff Bake Bars Veruca Salt cake, which is a devils food cake topped with salted caramel buttercream and pretzel pieces, named after one of the characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.***SOLD OUT. *** WE MADE A FEW CAKES... 6 Veruca salt available ONLINE for pick up tomorrow. AshleyCakesAddress: 2032 TC Jester, HoustonWebsite: ashleycakeshouston.comRecommended by KPRC 2 Instagram follower @smpiccolo, AshleyCakes is located in the Heights and serves several chocolatey versions of cakes, including Devils Food. Chef MandersInstagram: chef_perezamandaSeveral KPRC 2 Instagram followers praised Chef Manders for her cakes, including @jessicaleal1995, who gives her three thumbs up.
This is where Houstonians say they get the best brisket
Published: May 19, 2020, 1:12 pm Updated: May 28, 2020, 8:26 amTexans sure do know a lot about their barbecue. We asked our audience which restaurants fire up the best brisket in the Houston area and received hundreds of recommendations. Places like FireCraft BQQ, Corkscrew, Pinkerton’s and Tejas Chocolate+Barbecue were notably popular among Houstonians. After digging through all the comments, we created a map featuring the most recommended barbecue joints. Popular catering recommendations that couldn’t be marked on the map include FireCraft BBQ, A-Que Lister’s Smokehouse BBQ & Catering, Daddy Duncan’s BBQ, and Lucky7cookers.
Find comfort in nature using these 6 biking trails in Houston
Address: 3600 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019Phone: 713-752-03142. Terry Hershey Park TrailsVisitors review: I love the Terry Hershey Park bike trails. Memorial Park TrailsVisitors review: Memorial park is part of my bike route for the last 25 years. From paved trails for the smooth riders to trails for mountain biking in the southwest section of the park. Address: 2300 Walker, Houston, TX 77003Phone: 832-395-7000
Where to get the best croissants in Houston, according to KPRC viewers
HOUSTON – We asked our audience for the best spots in Houston to order the flaky pastry and this is where KPRC viewers recommended:Angela’s Oven204 Aurora St, HoustonCheddar’s Scratch KitchenMultiple locationsCracker BarrelMultiple locationsDecadent Coffee and Dessert Bar350 Promenade Way #500, Sugar LandFrench Riviera Bakery and Cafe3100 Chimney Rock Rd, HoustonJulie’s French Pastries14522 Memorial Dr, HoustonLa MadeleineMultiple locations
10 Houston comfort foods to help you beat the winter blues
It can be difficult for some Houstonians to handle winter temperatures, no matter how fleeting. In H-Town, many view anything below 70 as heavy jacket weather. Then there are the rare few that relish the cool air, enjoying the brief period when they can slurp soup or sip piping hot coffee without sweating bullets. Whether you’re in group A or B, here’s a list of 10 winter comfort food spots locals love to indulge in when the temps drop.
14 out-of-the-ordinary Houston attractions and landmarks your kids will love
Hindu Mandir Houston (Jill B. Jarvis)Drive through an industrial area off the highway, and then through apartment complexes, and then out of no where are bright white pinnacles, topped with flags. Rice University Lovett Hall Columns (Jill B. Jarvis)Pack up your explorers and start uncovering secrets at Rice University! Sisters of Charity Park (Jill B. Jarvis)This park does not have a playground… but it’s the most surprising thing you’ll find in Downtown Houston. Helen's Park (Jill B. Jarvis)This might just be one of Houston’s best kept secrets. Sam Houston Park (Jill B. Jarvis)Sam Houston Park is Houston’s oldest park.
These are the most popular pet names of 2019
Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, rabbit or even a fish, pets have become an important part of the family. So much so that 90% of pet owners say their non-human family members are full-fledged members of the family, according to the American Pet Products Association. The APPA also found that between 81% and 85% of pet owners regard their pets as a reliable daily go-to resource for affection, unconditional love, stress relief and relaxation, and improved overall health. In 2019, one of the most popular trends in pet names has been naming our furry family members after celebrities or food. If you are considering welcoming a new pet into your family, here are the top names in 2019 to consider according to Rover.com:Dogs: Female1.
5 Texas restaurants that will change your mind about vegan food
If the thought of vegan food conjures images of a giant plate of alfalfa sprouts, it’s time to revisit the concept. While Austin has long been considered the capital of Texas’ vegan scene, other cities now offer stiff competition in the way of veggie-forward, animal-free fare. Cruz uses vital wheat gluten —“a culinary marvel,” he says—to make the seitan that he smokes to create vegan brisket and carne asada. If you have a sweet tooth, try the gooey cinnamon rolls dripping with vegan cream cheese frosting and the dense, cakelike brownies made with applesauce instead of eggs. The Broken Sprocket Bar and Food Truck Park6305 Paredes Line Road956-545-38001204 Chestnut St.512-629-6936This article was first published in Texas Highways.
Quirky Quarters: Unusual accommodations perfect for adventurous Texas travelers
Nearby: Matagorda Bay Nature Park, Brazos Bend State Park, Wharton Riverfront Park, Colorado River. Nearby: Marfa art galleries, Marfa Lights Viewing Area, Davis Mountains State Park, McDonald Observatory, Big Bend National Park. Nearby: Goliad Paddling Trail, Goliad State Park & Historic Site, Fannin Memorial Monument, Fannin Battlefield State Historic Site. Nearby: Lehnis Railroad Museum, Lake Brownwood State Park, Rising Star Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards. Nearby: Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area, Pedernales Falls State Park.
Here are the 10 best Houston-area suburbs to live in and why, according to one website
HOUSTON – Houston Properties, an online source for local home sales, has released its list of the best Houston-area suburbs based on factors including commute times, employment, public schools and other amenities. Nearby amenities include popular shopping and entertainment establishments, Typhoon Texas Water Park and many of Houston’s best golf courses and communities. Richmond (A)Richmond is one of the most affordable suburbs among the list, according to Houston Properties. Missouri City (A-)Master-planned communities like Sienna Plantation and Lake Olympia have brought more residents to Missouri City, according to Houston Properties. For more details about the best Houston-area suburbs including seven more, visit Houston Properties online.
5 Over-the-top Houston-area playgrounds your kids will love
HOUSTON – As the Houston weather approaches something resembling bearable temperatures, head to these over-the-top H-Town-area playgrounds with your kiddos. Parents, while your kiddos play themselves silly, take a beat at one of many tables surrounding the playground. Gear up to enjoy a 33-foot slide, climbing logs, a boulder rock scramble, a tri-level tree house. 105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007The Heights Playground at Donovan ParkThis Heights-area playground features a railroad theme. 700 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Where to eat for National Fried Chicken Day
Tell your diet you need your space to experience more “self-growth.” It’s time to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day. Pick one and celebrate National Fried Chicken Day in its grease-covered glory. [Scroll down to take our fried chicken poll]FAST-FOODThis stuff isn’t A-list in terms of appearance, but it will satisfy your fried chicken needs and will do it quickly. POLLO CAMPEROKnown for its "flavor-to-the-bone" fried chicken recipe, Pollo Campero is fried chicken with a twist. While you’re waiting for your chicken, it offers a wide selection of wines and other drinks to make fried chicken fancy.
Attention Houston Foodies! Yelp just released a list of top 100 places to eat in Texas
Yelp just released a list of the top 100 places to eat in Texas. If you're looking to travel in through Texas on a good old fashioned road trip anytime soon, here is the full list:1. Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe – Grapevine5. Nelson's BBQ – San Antonio16. Leon Valley Cafe – San Antonio35.