Houston: A Collection of Culinary Delights

“What hashtag are you? #deepthoughts, #nom –“

Before I can even hear the other options on the Buzzfeed quiz that my suitemate is reading out loud, I immediately respond “#nom.” I happen to love food: eating it, talking about it, (attempting) to make it, watching others successfully cook it. Houston, Texas has more than readily gratified my love for food. I have spent nearly my entire life in Houston, and if there is one thing I absolutely and wholeheartedly love about this city, it’s the dining options.

With delicious year-round flavors and fun seasonal flavors, Fat Cat Creamery in the Heights has my go-to ice cream, with warm chocolate chip cookies and crisp brownie bites.

With delicious year-round flavors and fun seasonal flavors, Fat Cat Creamery in the Heights has my go-to ice cream, with warm chocolate chip cookies and crisp brownie bites.

Rice itself takes pride in its close proximity to various restaurants, many of which are located in nearby areas like West U, Montrose, and the Museum District. However, Houston has so much more to offer “beyond the hedges” (a term used at Rice to refer to what lies beyond the outer loop of the campus). There are constantly new restaurants opening up, beloved chains constructing new locations, and food trucks changing up their sites to meet customer demand. I have recently found myself following blogs and social media accounts dedicated solely to eating out in Houston, as I am always wanting to discover and try new places. I even have various restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries saved on my Google Maps app. When you live in a city like Houston, there is always more to do, more to try, more to explore. Diverse dining options are definitely abundant and accessible (by car, Metro, Uber, etc.). And while it is easy to eat at the places I know and love and trust, I make it a point to try eating at new places as often as I can.

Tried and tested: tater tots, eggs, and tacos make for a marvelous combo at Velvet Taco on Washington Ave.

Tried and tested: tater tots, eggs, and tacos make for a marvelous combo at Velvet Taco on Washington Ave.

As a Rice student and a native Houstonian, I can’t imagine spending four years here without attempting to explore all of the city’s cool neighborhoods — and their respective dining options. Perhaps you did not consider location as an important factor in your decision to apply to Rice. But the university’s location in Houston is a big part of our college experience. And I can confidently say that the diversity and extent of eating options in Houston are on par with (if not better than) cities all over the world. This city has a variety of culinary delights, and they are all yours once you call Rice your home.

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