The Best & Worst of Houston’s Summer Food Scene

By Mike Riccetti  |  June 11, 2014
Credit: Groovehouse

With its excessive heat and humidity, summertime in Houston might sound daunting. feature weather that is less than ideal, but just about every restaurant is necessarily very well air-conditioned and the patios, usually buttressed with plentiful shade or fans, do brisker business than usual. The generally casual dining mode and attire of the city becomes even more so, and possibly those cold libations taste even more refreshing and even better than usual. Here are some suggestions to more fully enjoy food and drink during the summer in Houston along with a few precautions. 

Wheat Beers at The Ginger Man

Best Thing: With its slight sweetness, wheat beer (Bavarian style or the funkier, brighter and spicier Belgian vein) pair well with the steamy Houston summer. The patio at The Ginger Man is first place in the city — maybe the state — where these beers found a home.

Worst Thing: The parking in the Village, which is bad during prime shopping hours and even worse in the evenings.

Our Solution: Pay the steep fare in the garage across the street.

A Baseball Game at MinuteMaid

Best Thing: The comfortable atmosphere and chance to see at least one, maybe two, major league teams has made a visit to MinuteMaid a summer requisite in most years. 

Worst Things It will cost you a pretty penny to watch a marquee teams like the Red Sox, when upper deck tickets cost over $70 each. That’s right, upper deck.

Our Solution: Skip the Sox and go on a Friday night to catch the fireworks or Thursdays for $1 hot dogs.

Houston Restaurant Weeks

Best Thing: Try many top local restaurants — over 180 in all — for a reduced price while raising money for the Houston Food Bank — almost $1.3 million last year.

Worst Thing: Underwhelming prix-fixe menus. 

Our Solution: Choose carefully. We suggest Hugo’s and its recently opened sibling Caracol.

Farmers Markets

Best Thing: The number of vendors and locally and regionally produced products continue to grow.

Worst Thing: The chance that prime produce will sell out.

Our Solution: Go early.

Barbecue at Killen’s and Corkscrew

Best Thing: The smoked meats, of course. 

Worst Thing: Your journey to Pearland or Spring could be for naught if meat sells out.

Our Solution: Get there before they open.