In our series of Must Do Things Around Greater Houston, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods to bring you five fun, tasty, and enticing reasons you should give each a visit.
It may be tiny, but EaDo or East Downtown has affectionately been called the “Art & Soul of the City.” Once home to the Old Chinatown, the warehouse-heavy no man’s land is slowly transforming into the city’s next haute neighborhood. From a sunrise-to-moonlight café to an energetic art and music scene, check out our five EaDo must dos.
5 Must Do Things in EaDo
- Suds up at 8th Wonder Brewery – Get your brew on at this fresh, funky brewery from the team behind the popular Eatsie Boys food truck. Hit the taproom – open 7 days a week – to get fresh pours straight from the source. Beer flights are offered Sunday through Thursday, allowing you to sample 8th Wonder’s awesome seasonals mixed with house favorites like a throwback cream ale dubbed “Dome Faux’m.” Click here for directions.
- Go orange at BBVA Compass Stadium – Complete with a beautiful backdrop of the Houston skyline, this awesome soccer stadium is home to both the MLS’s Houston Dynamo and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash. The games are always high energy, with hoards of fans dressed (some even painted) in orange. Start your tailgate early at the nearby Lucky’s Pub or Little Woodrow’s, fill up on Indian and British pub fare at sports bar King’s Court, and finish the night with video games and cheap drinks at Neil’s Bahr or a sultry party scene at Chapman & Kirby. Click here for directions.
- Slurp pho at Café TH – Not only does this cult favorite eatery from Chef Minh Nguyen offer local and fresh takes on Vietnamese classics, they are also excellently priced and offer BYOB. Start with banh bot chien, a Cantonese-style fried egg dish that you may not want to share. Then go for flawlessly crafted banh mi stuffed with pork meatballs, jalapeño, and french butter; slurp up fragrant pho or bo kho (beef strew) packed with warm spices; or indulge in a multi-course dinner special. Click here for directions.
- Dive into the vibrant music and art scene – The art deco-looking district is home to a ton of artsy types, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find fantastic live music and performance venues – including Warehouse Live and experimental performance space Super Happy Fun Land – along with some pretty rad art. Hit the quirky Texas Art Asylum for supplies, classes and special events. Or make an appointment to check out Aerosol Warfare, the graffiti and street art gallery from über talented urban artist Gonzo247 (you may know him from the bright, funky “Houston Is Inspired” mural in Market Square Park).
- Take a break at Tout Suite – Make yourself comfortable at this morning-to-night café, because you’ll probably want to stay a while. That’s thanks to a stellar roster of breakfast, lunch, and dinner-stuffs, plus all kinds of pastries and sweets, from a rainbow of macaron and fluffy croissants to decadent coconut cake. And did we mention the superb coffee and wine programs? See you there. Click here for directions.