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The SBC 2013 Guide to Houston

I’ve joined forces with my friend Nathan Lino, who is pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church and first vice president of the SBC, to create this SBC 2013 Guide to Houston. It will point you to some of the best places to enjoy food and fun while in Houston for the Southern Baptist Convention. Thanks to those who made recommendations on twitter!

In addition to checking out these great places, I hope you’ll join the ERLC for our “Marriage on the Line” panel discussion with Russell Moore, David Platt, J. D. Greear, Susie Hawkins, and Paige Patterson on Tuesday, June 11th, at 7 AM in the General Assembly Theater on level 3 of the convention center. Pre-register now to make sure you get a seat because space is limited!

For Food

Hungry? Here’s your guide to the Houston food scene–both near the convention center and around town

Walking Distance to the SBC

To stay cool while walking downtown Houston, use the Houston tunnel system as much as possible.

  • The Shops at Houston Center Food Court ($-$$ | Food court | Web | Map) Includes Chick-Fil-A, Ninfa’s Mexican Express, Otto’s BBQ, Potbelly Sandwiches, and Treebeards Cajun
  • Guadalajara ($$ | Mexican food | Yelp | Map) Good quality TexMex near the convention center
  • McCormick & Schmick’s ($$-$$$ | Seafood | Yelp | Map) Excellent seafood in a nicer atmosphere
  • Treebeards ($-$$ | Cajun food | Yelp | Map) Tasty Cajun food at reasonable prices
  • The Grove ($$ | Modern American food | Yelp | Map) Great atmosphere, right across from the convention center with trendy food offerings
  • Zydeco’s ($$ | Cajun food | Yelp | Map) Amazing Cajun seafood and soul food.
  • La Palapa ($ | Mexican food | Yelp | Map) Taco stand with delicious breakfast tacos
  • The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation ($$ | Mexican food | Yelp | Map) A bit of historic Houston mixed with good Mexican food
  • Irma’s ($-$$ | Mexican food | Yelp | Map) Hole-in-the-wall with amazing lemonade and no set menu
  • III Forks ($$$-$$$$ | Steakhouse | Yelp | Map) Nice steakhouse with a good atmosphere and prime beef
  • Prince’s Hamburgers ($-$$ | Burgers and fare | Yelp | Map) Top notch hamburgers and milkshakes
  • Sparkle’s Burger Spot ($ | Burgers and fare | Yelp | Map) Cheap but delicious burgers and soul food
  • Brother’s Taco House ($-$$ | Mexican food | Yelp | Map) Mexican food; also good for breakfast
  • Beck’s Prime ($$ | Burgers and fare | Yelp | Map) Huge burgers and all the trimmings
  • Post Oak Grill ($$ | American food | Yelp | Map) A great variety of foods makes the long walk worth it
  • Pappas BBQ ($-$$ | BBQ | Yelp | Map) The best bbq in (long) walking distance from the convention center

Worth the Drive

  • Shipley’s donuts ($ | Donuts | Yelp | Map) Delicious donuts and kolaches
  • Lupe Tortilla ($$ | Mexican food | Yelp | Map) The best fajitas & tortillas you’ve ever had
  • Star Pizza ($-$$ | Pizza | Yelp | Map) Huge and flavorful pizzas
  • Goode Company BBQ ($-$$ | BBQ | Yelp | Map) Savory brisket, sausage, ribs and all the fixins
  • El Tiempo ($$ | Mexican food | Yelp | Map)
  • Molina’s ($$ | Mexican food | Yelp | Map) Great TexMex; get the Jose’s Dip and thank me later
  • Southwell’s Hamburgers ($-$$ | Burgers | Yelp | Map) My favorite burger spot when I lived in Houston; great waffle fries
  • Taste of Texas ($$$-$$$$ | Texas Steakhouse | Yelp | Map) Great steak, great atmosphere at a Houston landmark
  • Freebirds ($ | Burritos | Yelp | Map) Move over Chipotle, Qdoba & Moe’s, this is the best burrito around

For Fun

In addition to the good eats, enjoy these great places to have some fun during your free time:

In Houston

  • NASA – See our nation’s space program in South Houston
  • Lanier Theological Library – A unique Houston-area environment for theological study
  • Minute Maid Park – The Astros stadium offers daily tours of a unique field
  • Discovery Green – If you can handle the heat, this is a great park across from the convention center
  • Houston Zoo – See thousands of animals in the heart of Houston
  • Houston Museums – Choose from several excellent options in the museum district
  • Houston tunnel system – Travel downtown underground to stay cool and find shopping and restaurants
  • Waterwall – Perfect picnic spot with a nice park by the water wall
  • Houston Galleria – Huge mall featuring lots of stores and an ice skating rink
  • Lucky Strike Bowling – High quality bowling alley open all day and late near the convention center
  • Memorial Park Golf course – A convenient spot for a quick round of golf

Around Houston

Honorable Mention

Not finding something you like above? Here are some more options you can explore on your own:

For food

  • Mia’s
  • Union kitchen
  • Just Mac
  • Torchy tacos
  • Grand luxe
  • Kenny and ziggy’s
  • Breakfast klub
  • Pappas burgers
  • Niko nikos
  • Langford grocery and Market
  • Ruggles
  • Dolce vita pizzeria
  • Benjy’s
  • Barnaby’s cafe

For Fun

  • Natural science museum
  • Holacaust museum
  • Battleship Texas
  • Downtown aquarium
  • Memorial park


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