Ten Best Signs You're a Houston Foodie
9. When you hear "breakfast," your first thought is "tacos."
Photo by Nicholas Hall Is there any more beautiful sight in the morning?
For much of the country, breakfast consists of a bowl of cereal. Maybe some pancakes. An egg or two and a strip of bacon. But here, breakfast can only mean one thing: Tacos. The taco itself has a long and storied history dating back to before the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. Buuuuuuut I'm pretty sure the breakfast taco was invented right here. Some might argue for Austin. Whatever. If the breakfast taco wasn't invented here, we certainly perfected it.
8. During any given week, you will shop at (at least) four of the following places: H-Mart, 99 Ranch, Central Market, Viet Hoa, Fiesta, Phoenicia, Asia Market, La Michocana, Canino Produce Company, Eastside Farmers' Market and H-E-B.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt It's like a beacon in the heavens promising banchan to all!
There is no single grocery store in Houston where you can get everything you need for the various ethnic meals you'll be cooking throughout the week. You might start with the Eastside Farmers' Market on Saturday, where you'll pick up some fresh, local produce and some cheese from Blue Heron Farm. Next, head over to H-Mart for fresh kimchi and a gallon of gochujang and hit up Fiesta on the way home for yerba mate and fresh lucuma fruit. For some fancy sauces and spreads, stop by Phoenicia or Rice Epicurean Market. Oh, and then go to H-E-B when you realize that in all your stops, you forgot to buy milk.
7. You know Beyoncé is from here, but you're more likely to brag about Chris Shepherd.
Photo by Lindsey Brown We're proud of you and your big win, buddy.
You know, Chris Shepherd, our very own hometown James Beard Award winner? Grammy schmammy. The James Beard award is a big deal. Shepherd, known for his Mutt City cuisine at Underbelly, is so modest that he thanked the entire city of Houston for supporting and inspiring him in his acceptance speech. Underbelly really is a reflection of Houston cuisine, so it's exciting to see a chef get national recognition for doing something that all of us already know is awesome. Also, Shepherd is the first Houstonian to receive the award since 1992, when Robert del Grande won. He's our very own culinary celebrity. Let the bragging commence anew!
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