Houston, Texas has been our home for a month now. We relocated here for work, and will be in town for about 7 weeks. While work has taken the majority of our time, we have been able to get out occasionally to enjoy what the city has to offer.
As you have probably figured out by now, food is a huge part our travels. Houston has surprised us with its diversity, from fresh seafood to BBQ to Tex-Mex to Vietnamese! One memory we hoped to duplicate was oysters from Captain Tom’s (we’ve enjoyed those a number of times on previous visits!). They oysters were as good as we remembered, and huge! A great accompaniment is a michelada, beer with Clamato and or hot sauce and other ingredients, the mug rimmed with salt. A new, highly recommended find was Pier 8 in Seabrook. We were in the area around lunchtime and popped in for a bite and a beer. This place is a fresh seafood market that sells the daily catch by the pound, but they will also cook to order anything on their counter. Grab a beverage from the cooler and your number from the cashier, then head out onto the deck for a waterfront view. Our pound of peel-and-eat boiled shrimp was just what the doctor ordered!
We’ve had a variety of Tex-Mex fare: mostly successful outings but nothing that deserves a special mention. We have been indulging in homemade tortillas though. They’re available everywhere! Interestingly, we have had unexpected success with Vietnamese here in Houston. Last Sunday we found ourselves at Bo Ne. It recently changed its name for its signature dish, Bo Ne, which is basically Vietnamese steak and eggs. Paired with a cafe sua da (sweet, strong Vietnamese iced coffee), this made for a superb breakfast. We also had a great lunch at Pho Thanh. Their pho was well-seasoned, spring rolls were fresh, and they do some good lunch specials.
As for Texas barbeque that deserves a whole post of it’s own so keep an eye out for that real soon!