Our My Top 5 series showcases Houstonians who are creating the city’s culture and community and asks them to share their own local favorites. This week we’re delighted to feature Jolie Stinneford, the president of Treebeards restaurant group –a classic Southern eatery specializing in Louisiana-inspired cuisine with five locations across Downtown.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Jolie Stinneford
- Visit Local Craft Breweries and Bars – Houston has some of the best craft beer breweries and bars in the nation. Visit Houston’s original craft brewery, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and be sure to take a tour if you can, and then explore over 40 other breweries including Eureka Heights, Great Heights, Holler, Brash, 8th Wonder to name a few. If beer isn’t your thing, try some amazing cocktail bars such as Alba Huerta‘s Julep, Bobby Heugel‘s Anvil Bar & Refuge and Better Luck Tomorrow.
- Explore the Foodie Scene – Houston is the current epicenter of the nation’s food scene. Always pushing forward, not bound by tradition but honoring it as well. Too many to name, but try some of the newer restaurants like Riel, Theodore Rex, BCN Taste & Tradition, and Xochi and the classics like the Original Ninfa’s, Crawfish & Noodles, Kata Robata, and Gatlin’s BBQ. And don’t forget the steakhouses, better than anywhere else. Try B&B Butchers, Pappas Bros., and Vic & Anthony’s.
- Watch the Astros at Minute Maid Park – The World Champion Astros play baseball in the league’s most underrated ballpark. Watch Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Justin Verlander play for another title. The fans are great and represent the city well (knowledgeable, welcoming, and don’t throw beer on fans from the other team). The park is best in early April when the roof is open.
- Visit the Cockrell Butterfly Center – Located within the Houston Museum of Natural Science, this is an amazing and beautiful experience, being surrounded by butterflies in a tropical rainforest. Fun for the whole family especially when the butterflies land on you. Don’t be shy, the docents love to share interesting butterfly trivia. Wear something cool though as it is pretty hot and humid.
- Take in a play at the Alley Theatre – The Alley is a nationally recognized theatre group that has been performing in Houston for over 50 years. The resident actors continue to put on an interesting collection of classic and modern plays in three different theaters. Never boring, sometimes challenging, always enjoyable. There are also plenty of opportunities to support the Alley by volunteering. It is a great way to get to see all of the wonderful shows.
About Jolie Stinneford
An alumna of University of Houston’s prestigious College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Jolie Stinneford was destined for a career in the hospitality industry. The current president of Downtown restaurant group Treebeards, Stinneford’s journey with the celebrated Southern eatery began more than 30 years ago with an internship on the restaurant’s catering team — a position she procured while studying abroad with her fellow classmates in London. In 2010, Stinneford, her husband Charles, and veteran employee Matt Rowden purchased Treebeards from longtime owners Dan Tidwell and Jamie Mize. In her nearly 30-year tenure at the storied eatery, Stinneford has had the opportunity to serve a bevy of notable diners including former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush.