United Airlines offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Houston, with mid-December fares currently starting at $429 round trip.
220 Main St.
Recently renovated modern hotel with and a central downtown location. Rooms from $129.
El Real Tex-Mex Cafe
1201 Westheimer Rd.
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.
1100 Westheimer Rd.
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.
The innovative bread, cheese and condiment pairings are sure to please, and don’t skimp on dessert. Entrees from $12, pizzas from $15.
550 Heights Blvd.
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.
Anvil Bar & Refuge
1424 Westheimer Rd.
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.
Embrace Houston’s weird side at this tourist attraction. Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m., $2.