In our series of Must Do Things Around Greater Houston, we take a closer look at Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods to bring you five fun, tasty, and enticing reasons you should give each a visit. From must-see museums and vintage shops featuring local goods to top fine dining eateries and dingy dives dishing out with the best burger, take a trip through Houston with us, ‘hood by ‘hood.
Named after pear trees abundant in the area in the 1890s, the third largest city in the Houston MSA is getting more enticing by the day. From the city’s best barbecue to an extraordinary temple, check out our five Pearland must dos.
5 Must Do Things in Pearland
- Enjoy a traditional German feast at King’s Biergarten – You may do a double take as you drive by this castle looking structure off Broadway. But you really should loosen your lederhosen and step inside, because every day is a party at this traditional German biergarten. Feast on gravy-smothered jaegar schnitzel, a laundry list of scratchmade bratwurst, and a mammoth roasted pork shank fit for a king AND a queen – all while enjoy a couple liters of German bier, of course. You can even bring the kids along, as they’ll love the giant German pretzels, mini brats, and schnitzel fingers. And as if that’s not all cool enough, they even offer bottomless brunch. Click here for directions.
- Shop, tour & sip at Dionisio Winery – This family-owned and operated winery, which was born in owner Jimmy Aranda’s garage in 2009, picked up and moved operations to Pearland just this year. Come see why the local fruit wines have won multiple awards, including one silver medal and two bronze medals from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a bronze medal from the San Antonio Stock and Rodeo. Head here for wine tastings, tours, and other special events like their annual Wine & Food Festival in August. Click here for directions.
- Get the gold standard of ‘q at Killen’s Barbecue – Chef Ronnie Killen’s namesake smokery is widely regarded as Houston’s best barbecue, but you’ll have to try it and judge for yourself. Don’t be scared by the potential line, because one bite of the monster-sized beef ribs, flawlessy executed fat-melting brisket, and killer fried chicken will convince you it’s worth your time. Plus, there are free kegs on to “assist” with the longer waits over the weekends. Click here for directions.
- Feast your eyes on the Sri Meenakshi Temple – Inspired by the grand Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, India, this majestic temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Meenakshi stands out from its surroundings. Take in the ornate marble carvings, soaring ceilings and beautiful sacredness of the temple complex. The visuals will feed the mind and soul, but if you’re hungry, they also sell a mean vegetable samosa. Click here for directions.
- Go back in time with a secret password at The Noble Experiment – You’ll need a secret password to enter Pearland’s best kept secret (hint: look out for clues on Facebook or buddy up to the general manager, Larry Bates). When you get the code word, you’ll enter through a phone booth to make your way to the roaring ‘20s-style speakeasy, tucked into the back of Grazia Italian Kitchen. Dress to impress (yes, there is a dress code) as you enjoy a night of bootlegging debauchery and old world class via expertly crafted cocktails. Click here for directions.