Five Foods You Miss Long After You Leave Houston
Photo from VoicePlaces Places like Gatlin's put Houston on the barbecue map.
'Cue is not unique to Houston. But damn, y'all do it well. And you don't have to pay out of your rump for it either.
Houston is loaded with great barbecue joints -- Pizzitola's, Virgie's, Gatlin's -- but the magic is that the unspectacular spots are still better than almost anywhere else in the country. Even the sterile cafeteria underneath the Exxon building downtown has a three-meat platter that'll sate your desire for sauce. And don't get me started on the shade tree options.
1. Shipley Do-Nuts
Photo by Keith Plocek Ain't no doughnut like a Shipley's doughnut.
Shipley's is very easy to take for granted when you live here. But as someone who has loved and lost, let me exhort you to take a Shipley's doughnut in your arms and tell it how much you love it every single day. You never know which bite will be your last of glazed perfection, so savor each and every moment.
There are other doughnuts in this world. There are some fine cake and buttermilk offerings in Los Angeles. But Shipley's does glazed like nowhere else, and even the different Shipley's across town have subtle variations for the refined palate. The Shipley's on North Main is so proud of their glazing they even put it on the chocolate iced doughnuts too.
A glazed doughnut is best served warm and sticky, but in a pinch you can even pop a Shipley's in the microwave and get a slightly more rubbery version of perfection. But you never have to do that so long as you live here. Treasure that privilege, Houston. Don't take another day for granted.
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