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

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Tacos and Sam Houston. What could be more Texan than that?
Bodegas Taco Shop and Hermann Park
Tacos almost have to be eaten outside, and Hermann Park near Bodegas Taco Shop is a fine place to do just that. One of the largest parks in Houston, Hermann Park has a number of areas perfect for picnicking, from the woods surrounding the zoo to the grassy knolls in the shade of the Sam Houston statue. Bodegas Taco Shop will hook you up with create-your-own tacos and burritos (a la Chipotle), and if you decide to stay and eat there, you can customize your margaritas as well. Or you could BYOB and bring the whole meal to the park. know...that's illegal. So we definitely didn't suggest it.

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Market Square Park is in bloom this time of year.
Fusion Taco and Market Square Park
The area around Market Square Park has been booming in the last few years, so there's no shortage of restaurants to hit up for a meal on-the-go. One of my favorites is Fusion Taco, right across the street from the park. Because the spot used to be a food truck, so the chefs know how to make food that can withstand being packed up and moved elsewhere. Market Square Park is an oasis in the middle of downtown filled with flowers, benches and the occasional homeless person. There's frequently live music in the park, and if you want booze, Niko Niko's sells beer and wine, as well as pretty good food if you aren't feeling like tacos. But if you aren't feeling like tacos, you might want to see a doctor.

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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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