Ten Best Signs You're a Houston Foodie

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Gotta get that sweet head juice. That's not dirty either.
3. You don't see anything dirty in the phrase "twist and suck."
Or "pinch and suck." Or "suck the head." We're talking about crawfish, people! Crawfish eating is practically a local pastime this time of year, and we're all about being as fast and efficient as possible when getting those mudbugs into our bellies. Other people might not understand the lingo and get a little, well, offended. That's OK. More crawfish for us!

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Les Givral's was invented here at least, wasn't it? No? Dammit.
2. You're pretty sure pho and bánh mì were invented here.
You've heard of Vietnam. You're aware it's a country. You know what Vietnamese food is and that both pho and bánh mì fall into that category. Still, you know there's just no way any city or country makes better pho and bánh mì than we do right here in Houston. We probably have more variety too. Just saying.

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We love you, Houston!
1. You know that even though Dallas, San Antonio and Austin get more credit, Houston has the best food scene in Texas.
Things are looking up in the Bayou City. Nationally recognized chefs are choosing Houston as the next spot to open new restaurants. Chris Shepherd was just named the best chef in the southwest by the James Beard Foundation. We have two magazines--My Table and Sugar & Rice--solely devoted to the Houston food scene. We have some of the best restaurants in the country according to publications like GQ and some of the best chefs, according to Food & Wine. So, enough, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. You're hip. You're cool. You're fun. We get it. But in the food battle, we totally win. You gave it a valiant effort, you really did. But do you have Chinatown? Do you have the largest population of Vietnamese in Texas? Did you invent Tex-Mex? Do you have gulf coast seafood? No. And that's why Houston is the best culinary city in Texas. Next stop: national domination.


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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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