OTC Guide to Houston’s restaurants and entertainment

Looking for ways to spend your free time during the OTC? Here are guides to some of Houston’s best restaurants, bars, clubs and sites, plus trails for running, which you’ll need to do to work off all those margaritas.




Food, Drinks & Entertainment


Best spots for barbecue

Houston’s most memorable barbecue joints are next door to Reliant Park or open every day during the conference. But they serve some of the best BBQ in the country, and it is worth your time to track down these mouth-watering plates of brisket.

If you don’t have a car, these spots could be difficult to go to, but they’ll offer you some of the best food in the city.

Eight great barbecue joints.

Best spots for Mexican food

Like barbecue, Houstonians love their Tex-Mex. You’ll find everything from classic Mexican food to innovative new Tex-Mex. You can also sample some of the best margaritas in the state.

Here are some of our favorite places to get the good stuff.

10 great Mexican restaurants.

Best hamburgers in Houston

Houston has an unusually strong burger culture that has entered a sort of golden age, with fine new joints popping up every other month.

Here are the best of the best.

Guide to top burger specialists.

Best steakhouses in town

There are high-end steakhouses littered across the Houston area. Of course, you can find the national brands, such as Capital Grille, Smith & Wollensky, Morton’s and Del Frisco’s.

However, you can also find some local restaurants that’ll serve you outstanding specialties that’ll have you dreaming months from now.

Best steak places in Houston.

Upscale dining and drinking

Houston’s got great barbecue and Tex-Mex,, but the Bayou City also has its fair share of upscale dining.

Whether you like sushi or something more innovative, Houston can satisfy all your tastebuds. By the time you leave, you’ll know what it means to eat and drink like a king and queen.

Here are some of the finest posh drinking and dining spots.

Six best places to eat or drink.

Houston’s more unusual attractionsOne of the things visitors may notice about Houston is its variety. Giant brick homes overshadowing modest frame houses. A sleek restaurant next to a dumpy auto shop.

You’ll also find some of the most unusual attractions in U.S., including a home made complete of beer cans. You can also find presidential heads on the side of the freeway and cars that’ll make you scratch your head.

Houston-area attractions are anything but predictable

Buzz-worth restaurants

You’ve arrived in Houston during the most dynamic time on record for the city’s restaurant scene, and you won’t be disappointed.

This past year has seen the debut of enough high-profile spots to rattle the pecking order, grab national attention and give you something to brag about when you go back home.

Find Houston’s best restaurants.

Best spots to drink in Houston

Whether you are looking for a craft beer or a cocktail, Houston bars are more than up to the challenge. You’ll find everything from iconic icehouses to classic cocktail bars.

Best of all, you won’t be disappointed by the beer or the booze

Best of the bars: where to drink it all in.


Looking to see a band?

We know OTC attendees can’t/won’t/shouldn’t spend all their time here attending to business. It wouldn’t be healthy. Remember what they say about all work and no play?

So get out and take advantage of the city’s diverse music venues. You can catch some local acts or see some popular bands, such as The Killers.

Here’s a look at the acts playing over the next four days …

Musical lineup during OTC.

Best places to go for a run

Don’t settle for a hotel fitness room or a run along a freeway feeder road.

Houston has scenic parks and trails that offer peaceful respites from long days of networking.

Here are a few suggestions organized geographically.

Great spots to go running.

https://i0.wp.com/fuelfix.com/files/2013/05/20130503_AstrosDetroit_KAW069.jpg?resize=300%2C178Sporting events in HoustonWhether you like soccer or baseball, you’ll find some sporting event to soak up your down time in Houston.


You can check out baseball downtown or a college game just minutes from Reliant Park. Foreign visitors can also get a dose of soccer, too. Here are five recommendations for OTC visitors (especially if you come early or stay late):

Find the sporting events in Houston.