Around the World in Houston: Discover Honduras

Photo courtesy of Honduras Maya Internacional Bar & Grill

With a labyrinth of cultures represented in every nook and cranny of town, Houston is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in America. To celebrate this world-class melting pot, we’ll be exploring a new region of the globe through a Houston lens each week, from annual festivals and museums to restaurants and cultural experiences. Join the journey with our Around the World in Houston series.

From Latin festivals and arts experiences to restaurants dishing out baleada, Honduran breakfasts, and carne asada, there are plenty of ways to get a taste of Honduras in Houston.

Annual Festivals & Cultural Events

  • Houston Latin Fest Celebrate Latin heritage through music and dance, art, food, and drink at this multi-cultural festival.
  • Houston Latino Film Festival Enjoy cinema without borders at this non-profit film festival, which screens films from all over Latin America, as well as Spain, Portugal, and the U.S.
  • Tamale FestivalEach December, tamale season kicks off with this festive food and musical showcase, featuring a tamale eating contest, live music, and plenty of food and drink vendors offering tamales and festival eats. The 2018 festival is set for Saturday, December 1.

Museums & Cultural Organizations

  • Institute of Hispanic Culture of HoustonThis local non-profit organization was founded in 1965 to preserve the richness of Hispanic culture and its language. Today, it serves the Hispanic community and provides various educational activities in collaboration with local universities and arts organizations.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston The Latin American Art collection boasts a core library of modern and contemporary art with more than 550 emblematic from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and works by Latino artists in the United States.
  • Talento Bilingüe de Houston Located in the East End, this bilingual, non-profit cultural center strives to enhance Houston’s Latino arts experience through collaboration, education, and preservation.

Honduran Food & Drink


  • Antojitos Hondureños You’ll find carne asada con tajadas (fried plantains), baleadas, tacos Hondureños, and pastelitos de carne at this Airline food truck.
  • Bananas Restaurant On the intersection of Bellaire and Gessner, this eatery offers traditional Honduran flavors, including seafood soup with coconut, catracha trays, and baleada stuffed with fried beans, cream, and grated cheese.
  • El Catrachito Restaurant You’ll find carne asada breakfast and lunch plates, fried fish, and sopa de frijoles at this Honduran restaurant and sports café.
  • El Cuco Restaurant Head to this unassuming Northwest Houston strip center spot for Honduran-style fried fish, carne asada, and enchiladas.
  • El Katracho Restaurant This lively spot offers live music, drinks and a taste of Honduras via baleadas, traditional Honduran breakfasts, tamales and more.
  • El Paseo Catracho This Latin spot rocks Honduran eats like baleada, anafres, and catrachitas.
  • Honduras Maya Internacional Bar & Grill This family-owned and operated spot rocks a menu of baleadas, enchiladas, bandeja, desayuno Hondureño, carne asada, salpicon, mojarra frita and more.
  • Las Hamacas Honduran RestaurantThis Honduran spot offers authentic fare, refreshing drinks, and a colorful atmosphere. Dine on Honduran-style ceviche, breakfast plates with chuleta frita or carne asada, baleadas with Honduran refried beans and cream, tacos catracho, and loaded plato típico.
  • Mi Bella Honduras Restaurant Get traditional Honduran specialties, from delicate baleadas and mondongo (tripe) soup to pinchos catrachos skewers and fresh fried fish with sliced green banana and tortillas. Authentic Honduran breakfast plates are served all day long, stacked with fried beans, cheese, butter, avocado, egg, tortilla, and ripe banana.
  • Mi Pueblo Catracho Restaurante You’ll find deep-fried whole fish, carne asada, and baleada at this Spring Branch eatery.

Grocery Stores & Cafes

  • Fiesta Mart With locations around the city, Fiesta Mart is known to stock Hispanic foods and specialty items. Stroll the aisles to find things like fruit nectars, coconut milk, beans, papaya, and plantains.
  • Campesino Coffee House – Hit this cozy Montrose coffee house to sip Latin American-style coffees and specialties like horchata and chan.

Language Classes, Education Centers, Groups & Meet-Ups

  • Habla Houston Learn to speak Spanish through weekly classes, interactive meetups and more.
  • Spanish over CoffeeBrush up on your Spanish language skills with all-level classes that help you learn through conversation. Program experiences include dinner parties, game nights, scavenger hunts, and grocery shopping.
  • The Houston Spanish Language MeetupThis meetup connects Spanish speakers of all levels, offering fun activities around Houston.
  • Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice Known as HACER for short, this Rice University student group sponsors social and cultural events.
  • Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate for Hispanic business and civic interests in the Greater Houston area, fostering networking and partnerships, organizing a wide array of programming and identifying business opportunities.
  • Latin Women’s Initiative This nonprofit organization strives to make difference in the lives of Latin women and their families by providing both financial and volunteer support to several local nonprofit organizations in the Houston community.

Other Notables

  • BBVA Compass StadiumFútbol fans can get their fix at this EaDo soccer stadium, home to both the Houston Dynamo and the Houston Dash.
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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .