I’ve been to many cities in Texas, and Houston is one of the ones I visit the least. Not because I have a vendetta against it, but because I usually don’t have many reasons to go. Every time I visit, I find something new to love, and this trip was no exception.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, my boyfriend and I decided to take a spontaneous road trip to Houston. He had a friend who was visiting his family for the holiday, and I also have a friend named Sammi who you’ve met on the blog before, who lives there. We went into the weekend with no concrete plans and drove home with lots of pictures and memories.
On Friday, we drove up to Houston, and I was frantically searching Google and texting my officemate, a Houston native, to find ideas for things to do, and more importantly, places to eat. Eating was a priority after we checked into the hotel. I found this place online called MKT BAR that had really good reviews, and after eating there, I can see why. The vibe of the restaurant itself was awesome. There’s a main seating area and a bar area. There’s also a stage where a couple DJ’s came up and started playing. Behind the restaurant area, there’s also a market to do some food shopping.
We were starving, so we needed to eat ASAP and ordered some queso for an appetizer. That may have been my favorite part of the meal. Either it was really extra tasty or I was just starving. In either case, it was so dang delish. They even brought us some extra pita chips so we could finish it off.
For dinner, I had the Austin Street Burger minus the veggies cause I ain’t about that life. It was good, but not really anything special TBH. I actually enjoyed the fried fingerling potatoes that came with it more than I enjoyed the burger. Dipped in ranch, they were très magnifique.
My throat was hurting, so I got some hot tea to drink while we waited on our dessert. We shared a warm apple baklava, and I almost made myself sick trying to eat it all. It was so good, and I didn’t want it to end!
After dinner, we went to the Houston Zoo to see the Zoo Lights. It was amazing, and you can read all about our experience here.
On Saturday, we spent the whole day with my boyfriend’s friend and his family. It was my first time meeting all of them, and I was pretty nervous. We spent the morning chatting in the kitchen, them catching up and his friend’s family asking a little bit about me. We ate a few kolaches, and then my boyfriend, his friend and I went off on a little Houston adventure. We went downtown to find a pub festival that was supposed to be taking place in a park downtown. We got there, and it didn’t exist, which was a bummer for about ten seconds. We saw a neon sign that said “BAR,” and we walked over there.
The sign led us to Hearsay Gastro Lounge, which was another place I saw when I was looking up places to eat, so it was all a happy accident. We ordered a couple drinks and decided to make our own pub festival. The drink I ordered was called a Pink Delicious. I got two of them because they were, in fact, delicious.
We left Hearsay and ended up at a bar called Molly’s. There was literally no one else in there apart from the bartender. We ordered drinks, took over the jukebox then played some pool and a few round of darts.
After Molly’s, we decided to try our hand at another festival that was happening at a park a few minutes away. When we got there, again, no festival was happening. We decided to still hang out for awhile though. My boyfriend brought a Frisbee, and we threw that around for a bit. Surprisingly to all of us, I was good at it. I was catching it weird though and ended up bruising my thumb, so I had to sit out after awhile. Who knew it was such an intense game?
I was starving after the two failed festivals, so we went to a Szechuan restaurant called Spicy Girl and shared a tofu plate. Afterward, we went back to my boyfriend’s friend’s house where his mom had made dinner. They probably think I barely eat because I didn’t have much for dinner at all. I was so full from Spicy Girl, and I felt bad that I couldn’t eat more because it was so good.
One of the highlights of the day was playing Bananagrams. I know. I’m a nerd. I had never played before and was hesitant to, but I ended up winning both rounds. Now I’m obsessed, and I’m debating buying it for myself so my boyfriend and I can play it while we’re having wild nights at home.
On Sunday, I was so excited because we were going to have a double-date for brunch with my friend, Sammi, and her man. We met up a restaurant called Snooze Cafe, and it was so packed. Luckily, Sammi got there early so we didn’t have to wait for a table.
I started with an apple mimosa. Delish. For food, I couldn’t decide which eggs benedict I wanted, so I got two different kinds – I Like You E’Lote and Benny Goodman. Oh my goodness. Y’all, I judge breakfast and brunch places based on their eggs benedict, and Snooze Cafe is one of the best I’ve had. So good, y’all. I would go back to Houston just to eat there. Okay, probably not, but any time I’m in Houston, that will be a priority.
Houston is such a fun city, and my boyfriend and I have already talked about going back together again, so we’ll see if that happens. I already have plans to visit in September to go see Taylor Swift on her reputation tour. Can’t. Freaking. Wait.
Have you ever been to Houston?