Ten Best Signs You're a Houston Foodie

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Is there any more beautiful sight in the morning?
9. When you hear "breakfast," your first thought is "tacos."
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.

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It's like a beacon in the heavens promising banchan to all!
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.
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.

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We're proud of you and your big win, buddy.
7. You know Beyoncé is from here, but you're more likely to brag about Chris Shepherd.
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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16 comments
leaveHtownKS
leaveHtownKS

Wow, what a stupid list.  I hope nobody reads this and thinks Houstonions are this dumb.  We invented Vietnamese food?  Phuck me.  This is just embarrassing.  Oh, we need more lists.  This list will top the list of Steinberg's dumbest lists.


Oh, Underbelly isn't really that good.  Definitely not as good as its PR machine.

leaveHtownKS
leaveHtownKS

Wow, what a stupid list.  I hope nobody reads this and thinks Houstonions are this dumb.  We invented Vietnamese food?  Phuck me.  This is just embarrassing.  Oh, we need more lists.  This list will top the list of Steinberg's dumbest lists.


Oh, Underbelly isn't really that good.  Definitely not as good as its PR machine.

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

At least I got 3 of them off the list!

John Varkey
John Varkey

We can fix some but I trust you will never fix #3.

Rachel Lowe
Rachel Lowe

Ken Piddington...another reason we are going home! THE FOOD!!!

Janese Williams
Janese Williams

Thomas Hanks you totally get me!!! I've been to just about every restaurant mentioned and def all the ones mentioned in the first freaking paragraph of the article haha, Burt's had me rolling!! That place is sooooo good!!!

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

As for Item 2, if you think the pho and banh mi are any better here than anywhere else then you need to get your head out of your arse.

cobra
cobra

Not real crazy about the term foodie, it played out years ago, except among the girly and fogey set at CultureMap and My Table, respectively. Interesting piece, nonetheless.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@FattyFatBastard

My point was that there's nothing special about Vietnamese fast food in Houston. It's ubiquitous in populated areas throughout the US. 

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