The Dining Capital of the United States
Having an office in Houston we though our clients might want a couple good tips and a little tad bit of history on the cuisine in this neck of the woods. Enjoy!
USA Today referred to Houston, Texas as the “dining capital of the U.S.” Houstonians eat out more often than residents of any other U.S. cities. Houston restaurants are also known to be inexpensive and convenient. A major role in Houston’s eccentric food scene is the city’s ethnic diversity.
Tex-Mex cuisine is very popular in Houston. Many Mexican restaurants are influenced by the Texas culture. Rob Walsh of the Houston Press says, “the immigrant flow is what keeps the ‘Mex’ is ‘Tex-Mex’.” The cooking methods in the city are highly influenced by the recent immigrants.
In the 1920s, the Louisiana Creole people settled in Houston and brought their food culture with them. The cuisine became popular during World War II and has since spread state wide. Food chains like Frenchy’s Chicken, Pappadeaux, and Popeye’s in the area all sell Creole food. Typical foods include: boudin, black rice and shrimp creole, crawfish, gumbo, and jambalaya.
Houston is also greatly influenced by Vietnamese immigrants. The Louisiana and Vietnamese crawfish fusion is among most famous dishes in Houston. The city is known for their variety of restaurants that offer a “you buy, we fry” concept. Most of those restaurants are ran by Vietnamese immigrants and Vietnamese Americans.
Top Houston restaurants to check out:
Peli Peli – African, International, Fusion
Phoenicia Specialty Foods – Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Vietnamese
Brennan’s of Houston – American, Cajun & Ceole
Hugo’s – Mexican
Killen’s BBQ – American
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