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

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Feel cultured and intellectual eating by great art at the Menil.
Eatsie Boys and the Menil Park
Grabbing food at Eatsie Boys and taking it to the grounds of the Menil is a bit of a hike (12 minutes--I timed it), but it's definitely worth the trip to both spots. When you're dining among the artsy sculptures outside the Menil, you want some, well, artsy food to go with it. You want the Mutt Barkus sandwich, a smoked beef sausage, cole slaw, bbq sauce, fried onions and jalapenos on cheddar jalapeno hotdog bun. Or the chicken shazamwich with grilled chicken breast, avocado, arugula, feta, tomato and tarragon mayo on ciabatta bread. Then, when you're done eating, take a nap on the cool grass under the shade of an old live oak or tour the magnificent museum.

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One of Houston's more entertaining parks, Discovery Green is ideal for a picnic and many more activities.
Phoenicia and Discovery Green
Say what you will about the uber deli downtown, but I have never gotten a bad meal from Phoenicia. Whether I order a sandwich at the deli, a salad from the salad bar or a more upscale Mediterranean dish from MKT Bar, I'm always satisfied with the worldly options at Phoenicia. Park in the large garage above the market, grab some grub and walk a few blocks to Discovery Green and lunch under the lush trees at Kinder Lake or at Sarofim Picnic Lawn, the designated picnic area. Sure there are restaurants on the grounds of Discovery Green (The Lake House and The Grove), but they don't have addictive Armenian string cheese or divine baklava like Phoenicia. Plus, the extra walking means you can go ahead and indulge in that second pastry.

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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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