Houston Summer Food Bucket List

Categories: Season's Eating

Photo courtesy of Paula Murphy
You bet Backstreet Cafe's seasonal tomato menu is on this bucket list.
Summer is a time to relax, enjoy the weather and eat some really good food. Thank goodness we live in a city bursting with opportunities to satisfy our adventurous food cravings.

We have listed ten food-centric tasks for you to do this summer. Think of it as a bucket list. Get all of these things done before the summer is over.

Photo courtesy of My Food Park HTX
Hit up all the food parks in Houston this summer and nosh on great bites.
10. Eat at Every Food Truck Park
The amount of food truck parks in Houston and the surrounding area has significantly grown over the past several months. Make a trip to each one (Mangum Food Park, Midtown Mobile Cuisine, Houston Food Park and My Food Park HTX) to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack. The Modular, Pi Pizza Truck and Porch Swing Desserts frequent Mangum Food Park in northwest Houston; Taco Nuts, Flip 'n Patties and Zeapod Cakery tend to set up shop at My Food Park HTX in the Energy Corridor; and Texas Blizzard likes to hang out at Houston Food Park on St. Emanuel street. Check out the newest park, Midtown Mobile Cuisine, featuring a rotating lineup of seven food trucks at a time, such as Doughmaker Doughnuts and Detox Truck.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Get a soda and ice cream at La King's in Galveston.

9. Ice Cream and Treats at La King's Confectionery
Of course, you should drive to Galveston for the sun, ocean and sand, but you should also make a special trip to the Gulf for ice cream and sodas from La King's Confectionery. Don't just stick to a couple scoops of ice cream, though. Add a scoop of your favorite frozen treat to any soda from the old-fashioned soda fountain. Sit inside the ice cream parlor, watch the confectioners make taffy and enjoy a stroll along The Strand.

8. Farmers Market Trips & Picnic Lunches
Head to the Eastside Farmers Market on Saturday (or Sunday) and fill a basket or bag with locally-sourced foods to make a picnic lunch. Grab some bread from Angela's Oven or Artisana Bread, then collect duck breast prosciutto from Tejas Heritage Farm and chevre from Swede Farm for a delightful sandwich. Add some blackberries and plums from Lightsey Farms, or tomatoes and lettuce from Knopp Branch Farm. Throw in some macarons from Maison Burdisso or honey from Bee Wilde for a little something sweet.

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