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While most of America hears the name "Houston" and thinks beef, BBQ and Tex-Mex, the reality is much more vivid. In fact, you might find yourself enjoying a Czech pastry filled with Cajun sausage while drinking a Vietnamese-French iced coffee laced with sweetened condensed milk. This seemingly odd amalgam of culinary cultures may seem odd elsewhere, but it's perfectly at home in this sprawling Texas city. A historic port town, Houston has subtly changed from a place that offers a home to immigrants to a city of immigrants. The outsider simply becomes a part of the patchwork quilt of cultural influences that have come to define the city at its core. Vietnamese pho is as much a Houstonian birthright as a combo plate of cheese enchiladas. This mishmash of cultures is changing the face of Houston, and creating one of the most dynamic dining destinations in the country.


Viet-Cajun Crawfish

Crawfish & Noodles

Justin Vann

Owner of Public Services

"As a professional, Houston has the benefits of a giant city, in that we get lots of cool products and talented people to use them. As a diner, Houston has everything that I want to eat and drink, period. What really keeps me here, though, is the pool of captivating chefs, sommeliers and bartenders who work so hard to bring it all together."

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Ronnie Killen

Chef and owner of Killen’s Steakhouse and Killen’s Barbecue

“Houston is one of the most demographically diverse areas in the state. I can jump in my car and sit down at a great authentic family-run Mexican restaurant, like Lila’s, enjoying breakfast tacos, or visit a fantastic local Vietnamese place, like Thanh Phuong, within minutes.”

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