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The Daily Meal Super Bowl LI Picks in Houston

The Daily Meal Super Bowl LI Picks in Houston


Apparently, there’s a football game happening this weekend in Houston. While the stadium will be the place to be to see some pigskin and eat ballpark nachos, Space City’s culinary scene is really (ahem) taking off.

Although you probably won’t be able to snag reservations to chef Chris Shepherd’s new restaurant concept, One Fifth, we have a few other suggestions of where to go. Please note that we’re not the only ones who are fans of these spots and some have limited hours due to parties and catering events, so be sure to call ahead or make reservations.

Breakfast

Dot Coffee Shop

This 24-hour spot specializes in hearty breakfast foods all times of the day. We won’t judge if it’s 2 a.m.

The Breakfast Klub

Tuck into Southern-style breakfast dishes any time before 2 p.m. The waffles, fried chicken, “pankakes,” and more will keep fans cheering through the game.

Flo Paris French Bakery

Swing by for a light breakfast crêpe or a sandwich for lunch. Both are excellent options.

Casual

Underbelly

The restaurant that put chef Chris Shepherd on the map and earned him his James Beard Award still draws a crowd for its fusion pork cuisine.

Pappa's Burgers

Because burgers are football food, swing by this mainstay to dive into one and watch the game on one of the many TVs.

Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack

This burger stand has been slinging Buffalo burgers and bottled Texan beer for more than 30 years. These people know what they’re doing.

Tan Tan

Looking for a break from the burgers and wings? Try this Vietnamese restaurant that’s known for its rice cakes.

House of Pies

This 24-hour institution has been slinging diner fare for 45 years. Order breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but definitely don’t forget the pie.

Less Casual

Merche

Stop by for the wood-fired pizzas and rotisserie chicken, but stay for the lengthy and impressive wine list.

Pass & Provisions

This two-for-one restaurant can pose a challenge to get a quality reservation time, but you can’t go wrong with either Pass’ fine dining or Provisions’ more casual atmosphere.

Willie G's Seafood & Steaks

This surf-and-turf restaurant could be the perfect respite from the cheering of game day.

Tacos

Ninfa's on Navigation

The home of the original fajita and quite possibly the origin of Tex-Mex cuisine has been a must-eat since 1973.

Guadalajara Hacienda

A local mini-chain, the three restaurants all serve up fantastic Mexican cuisine that pairs perfectly with the free-flowing margaritas.

Dessert

Crave Cupcakes

These desserts are baked throughout the day to ensure freshness. Swing by to grab one (or a dozen) of the football-themed ones for the easiest party add-on.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


Houston Embarrasses Dallas in Super Bowl Hosting Battle

Houston's Super Bowl LI hosting efforts blew away Dallas'.

C arl Eller takes my hand and makes it disappear in his massive grip. Shaking hands with the still-hulking 6-foot-6 Hall of Fame defensive end is like grabbing onto a rocket ship. You’re just along for the ride. Eller ends the shake with a message and a smile that creases his bearded, well-worn face.

“You guys really set the bar high,” Eller says, shaking his head.

The NFL legend is talking about Houston’s supreme efforts for the Super Bowl, about the work of people such as Ric Campo, Sallie Sargent, the indefatigable Kevin Cooper, the Super Bowl Live Discovery Green orchestrater Doug Hall and the army of always-smiling volunteers who gave their all for little more than hometown pride. Eller is a little torn about Houston’s overwhelming Super Bowl hosting success because he’s involved with Minneapolis’ Super Bowl LII Host Committee — and he knows his city’s efforts in 2018 will be immediately compared to the Bayou City’s triumphs.

“We have a lot to live up to,” Eller says.

No one was saying this after Dallas hosted Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There have been two Texas Super Bowls in the last seven years and there’s no doubt which one stands out as a runaway success and which one experienced more issues than a Real Housewives star given access to an open bar.

Dallas’ turn at Super Bowl hosting was haunted by a city-crippling ice storm, a seating fiasco that tied the NFL up in court for years, transportation headaches and even injured stadium workers. In contrast, Houston emerged from its Super Bowl week with glowing reviews from visiting media members and league officials — and no notable controversies.


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