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.
This week, we’ll head to the Northeastern United States, looking into the bounty of states like Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. From lobster rolls and chowder to clam pizza and whoopie pie, here’s how to experience a taste of New England in Houston.
Annual Festivals & Cultural Events
- Houston Italian Festival – With Little Italy neighborhoods in places like Providence, Rhode Island and Boston’s North End, Italian-American culture is scattered throughout New England. Hit it to dig into some favorite Italian eats, from lasagna and eggplant parm to baked artichokes and meatball subs. The 2018 festival takes place Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14.
Food & Drink
- Cape Cod Café – This Spring offers a taste of the coasts of Cape Cod, serving up lobster, clam and cod rolls, chowder and bisque, New England crab cakes, steamed mussels, fisherman’s platters, Boston cream pie, and live Maine lobster.
- Cousins Maine Lobster – This food truck brings Maine straight to Houston via lobster rolls, lobster quesadillas, lobster grilled cheese, and lobster tots made with true Maine lobster. You’ll also find Connecticut-style lobster rolls, served warm and dripping in butter and lemon.
- Dolce Vita Pizzeria Enoteca – Get a New England-style clam pie at this pizzeria, where the scorched crust comes topped with clams, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and bubbling mozzarella.
- Maine-ly Sandwiches – In addition to colossal Maine lobster rolls, you’ll also find New England clam chowder and lobster bisque, fried clams, Italian sandwiches, and homemade whoopie pies at this local favorite.
- East Hampton Sandwich Co. – Get Atlantic lobster rolls and grilled cheese sandwiches, New England clam chowder, and another New England favorite, the fluffernutter, at this sandwich shop, which boasts locations in River Oaks and Montrose.
- State of Grace – Hit the Oyster Room at State of Grace and slurp on oysters from the coasts of Martha’s Vineyard, Buzzard Bay, Cape Cod Bay and more.
- Alumni Clubs and Meetups – Houston is a transplant city, so be sure to check out local meetup groups and college alumni clubs, with groups from Harvard and UConn to Boston College.
- Houston Dairymaids – Houston’s finest cheese shop is passionate about the craft of cheese, featuring 150 kinds of cheese from Texas and beyond. With a focus on mostly American-made cheeses, pop in and you just may find a special variety from Vermont.
- Olive and Vine – Stop by this oil and vinegar shop to pick up a bottle of one-of-a-kind balsamic vinegar made with pure maple syrup from a small family farm in Vermont.