The Five Best Spots in Houston for Take-Out and a Picnic

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Bring your burgers to Watonga Park in Garden Oaks, and soak up some sun.
What is up with this Spring?

Usually by this time of year we're all cranking up the ACs as high as they can go and wishing we had oxygen masks when we go outside so we could breathe a little easier in the hot soup-like air. But something weird is going on this year. It's actually still kind of nice outside. Of course, putting that in print is bound to jinx it, but while there's still a nice breeze happening and temperatures in the 75 to 85-degree range, I say we get out and soak it up.

Instead of slaving over the perfect picnic, though, why not let someone else do the work for you? Here are the best spots in town where you can get food to-go and dine al fresco.

Mytiburger and Watonga Parkway Park
Never heard of Watonga Parkway Park? You sheltered Inner-Looper. Just kidding. I only know about it because I have a friend who lives near there, but it turns out the park at the intersection of TC Jester and 43rd Street is a nice spot for a meal. There's a running trail, a cement-lined creek (not the prettiest, but it'll do), grassy hills and groves of trees for shade. Stop by Mytiburger, serving the Oak Forest area classic Texas-style burgers since 1967 for a meal on-the-go. From Mytiburger on West 43rd Street, it's only a short walk to Watonga Parkway Park, burgers and milkshakes in hand.

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Location Info


2211 W. 43rd St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bodegas Taco Shop

1200 Binz Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hermann Park

6001 Fannin St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Fusion Taco

801 Congress St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Market Square Park

300 Travis, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Eatsie Boys

4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Menil Park

1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX

Category: General


1001 Austin St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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And after your picnic in Hermann Park, go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. You'll find a planetarium, a butterfly center, great temporary exhibits, and best of all, great permanent exhibits, including spectacular minerals and amazing fossils.


You can bring your own alcohol to Hermann Park, just not in glass containers.

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