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GETTING THERE

United Airlines offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Houston, with mid-December fares currently starting at $429 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Icon

220 Main St.

713-224-4266

www.hotelicon.com

Recently renovated modern hotel with and a central downtown location. Rooms from $129.

WHERE TO EAT

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

1201 Westheimer Rd.

713-524-1201

www.elrealtexmex.com

No-fuss vintage Tex-Mex. Don’t miss the San Antonio puffy tacos, homey tamales and green chile posole soup. Lunch specials start at $5.95.

Underbelly

1100 Westheimer Rd.

713-528-9800

www.underbellyhouston.com

Ordering a variety of dishes to share family-style is your best bet here, and the Korean braised goat and dumplings are a must. Smaller plates start at $10, larger at $22 and family-size at $44.

The Pass & Provisions

807 Taft St.

713-628-9020

www.passandprovisions.com

The innovative bread, cheese and condiment pairings are sure to please, and don’t skimp on dessert. Entrees from $12, pizzas from $15.

Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd.

713-880-8463

www.revivalmarket.com

Dine in, al fresco or to-go at this market and cafe. Snag unique gifts of sauces, sweets and jams for your food-loving friends back home. Sandwiches with one side from $9.

WHAT TO DO

Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer Rd.

713-523-1622

www.anvilhouston.com

Get schooled in classic cocktail culture at this tire store turned bar. My favorites: the Bramble (gin, lemon, creme de cassis), Southside (gin, lime, mint) and Dr. Cocktail (Swedish punsch, lime, Jamaican rum, Angostura bitters).

Beer Can House

222 Malone St.

713-926-6368

www.beercanhouse.org

Embrace Houston’s weird side at this tourist attraction. Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m., $2.

INFORMATION

www.visithoustontexas.com

M.J.M.