When many locals and visitors to Houston think about the Midtown area the things which spring to mind are as a spot where the young gather for a raucous night out or as a waystation when heading to vibrant Downtown. The truth of the matter is that Midtown Houston deserves more attention than this. It is an area that provides a mix of fabulous nightlife, retail shopping opportunities, and cultural/artistic attractions.
Living in Midtown
Here are some of the attractions that visitors to the Midtown area of Houston should not miss.
The culinary scene in Midtown is especially vibrant. There are many options – in fact, something for everyone, from traditional Texas-style comfort food to fine dining establishments. Some highlights of any visit would be breakfast or brunch at the ‘Breakfast Klub’. Here one can tuck into delicious traditional Texan fare such as wings and grits or mix it up by substituting wings with Catfish – either way, you’re in for a treat. Or for a refined dining experience try Brennan’s of Houston where excellent service and sumptuous dishes combine to provide a culinary adventure. For a serious case of Southern-inspired delight try the frog’s legs or the Snapping Turtle Soup. If diners are in search of an award-winning dining experience, then the place to be is Reef. The establishment has garnered recognition as diverse as James Beard Award nominations, being voted ‘Best Seafood in the U.S.’ by Bon Appetite and recognition as hosting the ‘Best New Chef from Food and Wine magazine.
Things to do in Midtown
As far as more intellectual attractions are concerned those who are in the Midtown district should set aside some time to visit the Midtown Arts and Theater Center. This beautiful attraction is home to a variety of visual and performing arts groups. There is also the Ensemble Theater on Main Street. This space that was established in 1976 plays host to a variety of shows, including comedies, dramas, and musicals – all under the capable direction of the largest African American production company in the United States.
For something a little unusual head towards Little Woodrow’s for the turtle racing every Thursday. It’s also one of the best sports bars in Houston. It’s also a place to have a great outdoor experience. The patio is perfect for taking in the summer sun. 100 beers available with 22 on tap certainly add to the attraction. Wednesday night is excellent for steak lovers when the 16oz Ribeye is the star of the show. For an art deco treat head towards The Nouveau Antique Art Bar where Tiffany style lamps contribute to the fantastic ambiance. These pieces of art can be found on every flat surface and also hanging from the ceiling. It has gained a reputation as one of the romantic dining and entertainment establishments in Houston. Come early enough, and you will be able to settle into one of the incredible leather couches.
In short, the Midtown district is filled to the brim with wonder. It will reward those who want to step off the usual beaten path of tourist experiences.
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Zip code: 77002
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