Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely very aware that Super Bowl mania will soon descend upon Houston, Texas. Since it was announced that Clutch City would play host to Super Bowl LI, restaurateurs across the city have brought an almost breathtaking number of new places to dine in the city.
On the heels of a ton of national attention for the city’s food scene, the 140,000+ fans that are expected to flood into the city ahead of February 5 to watch the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons duke it out on the field will no doubt be hungry for what Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, and more culinary experts describe as one of the country’s most diverse — and best — food cities.
Whether you’re in town for the game or a lifelong local, let this be your guide to drinking, dining, partying, and watching during the festivities surrounding Super Bowl LI at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
Where To Eat & Drink In Houston
Houston’s Essential Restaurants — If you’re looking for a snapshot of the city’s restaurant scene, any one of these 38 eateries serves up fare that is uniquely Houstonian. Stop at Chris Shepherd’s Underbelly for a delicious amalgamation of the global cuisines and flavors that make Houston special, or head to Hugo’s, a destination for excellent Mexican cuisine that is some of the best in the country.
Houston’s Hottest Restaurants — The Eater Houston Heatmap keeps tabs on the city’s newest and most interesting eateries, and ahead of Super Bowl LI, there’s more than ever to be excited about. If you’ve already checked out Houston’s standby eateries, add Chef Ryan LaChaine’s brand new Riel, a restaurant that expertly blends French-Canadian, Ukranian, and Texas fare, or Southern stunner Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors to your must-try list.
Houston’s Best Barbecue— You can’t come to Texas without enjoying a killer plate of brisket & ribs. If smoked meat is what you seek, get thee to Killen’s BBQ and drink free Lone Star beer while you wait in the omnipresent lines, or head to Gatlin’s for St. Louis-style ribs and brisket paired with smoked corn and baked beans.
Houston’s Most Excellent Burgers — Nothing pairs with football better than burgers and beer. If you’ve got a craving after the game, head to Bernie’s Burger Bus for a holy marriage of crispy jalapenos and fried egg atop a beef patty, or hit Lankford’s Grocery for a 70-year-old, endlessly delicious Clutch City staple.
Dining Near NRG Stadium— It isn’t exactly in one of Houston’s best dining neighborhoods, but if you’re staying near NRG Stadium, you can score barbecue, sushi, wings and more without having to venture too far away from the game or your hotel. (See Full Article Here: EATER)