February 4th, 2010

Hittin’ 100 Articles With Our Top 100 of Houston

Even with 100 spots for all the things we love about Houston, we still had trouble narrowing it down. Perhaps we missed some things. Let us know in the comments.


100. The beer chandelier and Chimichurri Burger at Sawyer Park

99. Bayou Promenade – The sculptures that act as sentinels over I-45 and Buffalo Bayou (North of Allen Parkway, South of Memorial Dr.)

98. Sunset over the Kemah Bridge

97. The ever present amount of greenery, even in a dry spell

96. Fresh tortillas at Lupe Tortilla

95. Milk shake and pancakes at 59 Diner at 1:20 a.m.

94. The couches at the Lizard’s Pub

93. The tree at the Menil

92. The Chron.com and their new, Trekkie logo

91. The crescendo of squawking coming from seagulls as you get closer to Galveston

90. Miller Outdoor Theatre on a cool evening

89. The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture on the University of Houston Main Campus

88. BikeHouston’s Moonlight Bicycle Ramble

87. The eclectic crowd at the midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture in the River Oaks Theatre

86. Fresh Mojitos at Under the Volcano

85. The architecture of Lamar High Scool

84. Smell of salt as you look out over the Seawall in Galveston

83. The Train at Minute Maid Park

82. September tailgates at Robertson Stadium

81. Cinnamon Apple Pie Ice Cream at La King’s Confectionary


80. The observation floor in the the Williams or Transco Tower as it was formerly known

79. Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

78. The potential of the METRO Light Rail system to Katy and down Richmond.

77. The humidity, keeps your skin healthy

76. Oysters at Noah’s Ark

75. A Carbonite Shot or Black Star at the Harp (ask, they’ll know)

74. The Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit

73. Lake Conroe in the Spring

72. The deck at Little Woodrow’s in Rice Village

71. Frontier Fiesta – The Greatest College Show on Earth

70. An afternoon relaxing at the West Alabama Ice House with the dog

69. Our openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, in the reddest of states

68. Belladonna – The belly dancing troupe of Agora and Cafe Byzantio

67. LIT’s at the Marquis II

66. The yard behind the Continental Club and Shoeshine Charlie’s Big Top Lounge on a humid Summer night

65. Rice Stadium in Fall

64. Sitting around the lava rock fire pits at The Flat in the middle of Winter

63. The stuffed burgers at the Kemah Burger House

62. The view of Downtown from Cafe Byzantio

61. The sausage links at Buffalo Grille (any dish there, really)

60. $100K Warhol screen prints at Vaughan Christopher Gallery

59. Two championships for the Dynamo

58. Discovery Green

57. The Gingerman

56. Daddy’s Tacos at Crabby Daddy’s

55. The Pierce Elevated during rush hour

54. Happy Hour at T’afia

53. Revisiting grade school lunches at Brown Bag Deli

52. The Greek Festival in October

51. The Original Ninfa’s

50. Cups of Texas Pecan Coffee at Agora

49. Leisure Learning Classes for all of us that didn’t get enough in school

48. The ivy on the walls of Highway 59

47. Flower Row on Fannin

46. The great oak trees in League Park

45. The Tontons and their nineteen “final” shows

44. The patio at The Empire Cafe

43. The Nutcracker Market

42. The Spanish Village tradition

41. Memorial Park on a sunny day


40. Hearts in my cappuccino at Catalina Coffee

39. Shiner Bock Ice Cream at Amy’s Ice Cream

38. Freshly made potato chips at Kenneally’s

37. Trading LPs at Sound Exchange on Richmond Ave.

36. The Rancor Burger at the Petrol Station (Facebook) and all the nerdy, Star Wars conversation that comes with it

35. Bringing back the Westheimer Street Festival

34. The Texans and their first winning season

33. Photobooths at Amy’s Ice Cream, Boondocks or 59 Diner

32. The Houston Press’ “Best Of” edition

31. A Houston Chowhounds Throwdown


30. Ordering via Twitter from Coffee Groundz

29. Catching local acts at Walter’s on Washington

28. Kelvin Arms – A bank turned pub: That’s money

27. Tuesday at Dirt Bar – Flip a coin, guess correct, free drink

26. The Sunday roast at Feast

25. The hoopla caused by each St. Arnold Divine Reserve release

24. The Red Swing Project in the park at the Menil and Caroline Collective

23. METRO Light Rail (and all the problems it caused in the 1st year)

22. Twenty-two in a row by the Rockets

21. Stop the Ashby Highrise signs. That’s one mean looking building


20. Free Press Houston Summer Fest (Day 1 and Day 2)

19. Original Fish Tacos at Berry Hill

18. The roundabouts at Washington/Westcott and Museum District

17. Searching for vinyl at Cactus Music

16. Sipping Old Fashioneds at Anvil Bar & Refuge

15. InBound Houston – Blending billboards into the skyline

14. The Brochstein Pavilion with the sun at its height

13. Beaver Balls

12. Give Up street art

11. Mosquitoes that could carry you away if they wanted


10. Downtown skyline looming ever-larger during inbound travel

9. Making a lap around the 610 Loop at 3 a.m. to clear your mind

8. The Bank of America Building

7. Jamming with The Mighty Orq at the Big Easy

6. La Carafe Wine Bar

5. The lack of zoning laws

4. Support Local Grow Together – #SLGT

3. The Art Car Parade

2. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

1. The fact that “Houston” was the first word spoken from the moon

[Now that you've heard our Top 100 tell us what you would have added to the list]

— Richard


Mark — Thursday, February 4, 2010 8:44 am

#1 is epic! Good call.

Ricky — Thursday, February 4, 2010 9:01 am

Rock on. Some good ones, there.

stephanie — Thursday, February 4, 2010 11:35 am

Well, you left out Knitta, Please. Check it out, though I’m sure you’ve already seen it around town.


Pipez — Thursday, February 4, 2010 1:30 pm

Well done… Especially #29

BP MS 150 — Friday, February 5, 2010 6:34 am

Don’t forget the BP MS 150 Bike Ride from Houston to Austin! Over 13,000 cyclists and 3,000 volunteers raised over $17million in 2009! This is the largest fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis in the world, right here is Houston!

amy — Friday, February 5, 2010 10:40 am

liked this, good perspective on a beautiful Houston friday. thanks.

Nate '08 — Friday, February 5, 2010 12:05 pm

Mountainbiking downtown at 4am

Practicing duck calls at Hermann Park in the Fall and Spring.

Open House at the Theater District

Bonfire parties in the Arboretum (bad idea, good times)

Firedancing at Last Concert Cafe

Any Audobon Society NightOwls party

The College Classic at Minute Maid

Artopia was kinda rad

Barbecue Cookoff

Making up excuses to ride the Light Rail (Gun Show? Okay!)

The top of the parking garage of the old Page Parkes building

Taking the dog for a walk on the esplanades of North and South Blvds.

The Buffalo Bayou dog park!

Wasting a whole day at Brazil/Domy

Banana liquados and chilaquiles “con sombrero” at Guadalupana

ditto: KnittaPlease, ms150

Nate '08 — Friday, February 5, 2010 12:25 pm

And, because it deserves its very own comment:

The Egg Toast at Dolce Vita

Jeff Shipp — Friday, February 5, 2010 2:49 pm

Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs at House of Pies at 2:30 AM after you’ve waited for 30 minutes to even get a table!

Dan — Friday, February 5, 2010 3:25 pm

The three #34’s in Houston sports…Hakeem Olajuwon, Earl Campbell, and Nolan Ryan!

Dave Henry — Thursday, August 19, 2010 10:48 am

Breakfast Tacos at Villa Arcos.

Sam Houston pointing to San Jacinto

The pool at the Shamrock Hilton (RIP)

Sig Byrd

Tila’s margaritas

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