A Guide To Houston For Braves Fans Traveling To The World Series – BY DAN MATHEWS

Houston, TX - Photo: Wikipedia
Houston, TX – Photo: Wikipedia

Heading to Houston this week for the Braves – Astros World Series? Let me help you out on places to go. 

Before moving to Atlanta in 2012, I was born and raised in Houston. So, let me help your stay be even better. 

Best Tex-Mex Spots: 

Ninfa’s off Navigation Boulevard- 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003.

To me, this is the best Tex-Mex in Houston. It is only less than a couple miles from Minute Maid Park. They are said to be the birthplace of fajitas. All I know, is their beef fajitas are to die for. Make sure you get some Chili Con Queso for the table. Their green salsa is what dreams are made of. It is amazing and you get some deep fried tortilla’s with it. I mean do I need to keep going? Their margarita’s are legendary. Also, make sure you save some room for dessert. Their Sopapillas are all the rage. 

Cyclone Anaya’s- 5214 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005

All around very solid Tex-Mex spot that was opened by the family of a famous professional wrestler. I personally loved their breakfast. The breakfast quesadilla is the way to go. 

El Tiempo Cantina- 322 Westheimer Rd

El Tiempo is in the Ninfa’s family and the flavors are unreal. Fajitas are a go-to. Margaritas are legit. It is the spot for a great meal and drinks before catching an Uber to Minute Maid Park. 

Irma’s Southwest- 1475 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Great food. Legendary Tex-Mex in Houston in fact. However if you’re looking for an expansive menu, then you’re out of luck. Irma’s has a specialty menu that changes most days. It is also walking distance to Minute Maid Park. 

Best BBQ: 

Houston is known for their BBQ. You’re in Texas, so get you some brisket and sausage. 

Pinkerton’s- 1504 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009

Pinkerton’s has THE Best brisket in the city. Hands down. It’s owned by a good man named Grant. Tell him Dan sent you. If it is good enough to be a name, image and likeness sponsor for Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson, then trust me it’s plenty great. Beef Ribs are a go to as well, if they have any left. Sides? Get you some mac and cheese. Potato salad is also a great play too. Their sauce is pretty amazing as well. 

Gatlin’s BBQ- 3510 Ella Blvd Bldg C Ste A, Houston, TX 77018

This is just a short Uber ride from downtown Houston. It is owned by Justin Gatlin, who went to the greatest high school in the city (St. Thomas High School, where Craig Biggio once coached)! You cannot go wrong with the brisket. Plus, say hello to Mama Gatlin if you drop in. Be patient! There are usually long lines during lunch. That just shows you how damn good the food is! Plus, Brian Finneran tried it and loved it when he was there for the Final Four. 

Breakfast Tacos: 

Tacodeli- 1902 Washington Ave D, Houston, TX 77007

It is just a short ride from downtown. Their tacos are unreal. My personal three are the Sirloin, Egg and Cheese, Migas and The Otto. The tacos will not make you leave hungry. Careful with their salsa! Less is more! Hot! 

Brothers Taco House: 

You will be in line with anyone and everyone who is on their way to work in the morning. Once you get inside, the choices are endless? Want bacon, egg and cheese? Go for it. Potato, egg and cheese? Sure! Chorizo and egg? Even better. Seating a little limited outside. So maybe grab some and then make your way back to the hotel. 

Drinks Before The Game: 

Little Woodrows- 2019 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003

Located in EaDo (East Downtown), this spot is an amazing dive bar. The beer selection is endless. Do not order some popular light beer. Instead, order a local brew from Karbach, Saint Arnold’s, Eighth Wonder or Eureka Heights. This indoor and outdoor patio bar is a great spot to get some drinks before making the short walk to Minute Maid Park. 

Pitch 25- 2120 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003

This bar is in the shadow’s the Houston MLS team stadium. It is owned by former Dynamo star Brian Ching. Pitch 25 is the soccer bar of Houston, with an indoor pitch in the middle of the bar. There is a huge indoor area inside the converted industrial space. There is also a great outdoor area that is complete with swings and hanging chairs. 

Truck Yard- 2118 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77003

This is a very unique spot. You will see a ferris wheel and a bunch of shipping containers. Don’t worry… The carnival is not in town. This outdoor space is a great spot to enjoy the warm fall night in Houston, before making the walk to the ballpark. The action will still be going after the game, if you decide to make your way over for a nightcap. 

There are plenty of other options in town for great food and attractions as well. Want to know where to look for other things? Hit me up on Twitter @DanMathewsATL! 

Dan Mathews
Chuck Oliver Show – Anchor/Fill-In Host 
WCNN-AM 680 The Fan & 93.7FM
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