5 Must Do Things in Independence Heights

Photo courtesy of Brash Brewing Company

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. Originally published in 2016, we are now refreshing, updating, and adding to this series, including new neighborhoods and destinations.

Located on the northwest side of 610, the neighborhood of Independence Heights may be small, but it packs a mighty punch. Visit the old school hood to get a taste of the past with a stop at these five local favorites.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Independence Heights is covered by this map.

5 Must Do Things in Independence Heights

  1. Savor nostalgia at Barbecue InnThis local institution got its start in 1946. Today, the family-owned spot gives Houstonians a taste of nostalgia via bbq brisket dinners, finger-lickin’ Southern fried chicken, and crispy, craggly, and cream gravy-smothered chicken-fried steak. Don’t forget to save room for pie. Click here for directions.
  2. Pair brews with metal at Brash Brewing CompanyWith a roster of the most epic beers in town (including some oh-so-tasty IPAs), Brash Brewery’s tasting room is worth a visit. But it’s not just about the beer, the kid and dog-friendly brewery rocks an old school arcade, all-metal jukebox, and generally, chill vibe. Open Thursday 6pm to midnight; Friday 3pm to midnight; Saturday noon to 1am; and Sunday noon to 8pm. Click here for directions.
  3. Feed the soul at Esther’s Cajun Cafe & Soul FoodEsther Lewis-Bernard wants to feed your soul. And she’ll do so via succulent oxtails, smothered pork chops, fried catfish, chicken & dumplings, and sides from black-eyed peas and cornbread dressing to mac n cheese and mustard greens. Finish your Southern meal with peach cobbler and old-fashioned banana pudding. Click here for directions.
  4. Smash old school burgers at Miller’s Café – Family-owned and operated since 1980 (with its first location at Gessner and Westpark), this neighborhood café off Shepherd is known for its old-fashioned, All-American burgers. Get the classic numbers on a poppy seed bun, made “all the way” with mayo, mustard, pickles, onions, lettuce, and tomato; and add on fixin’s from jalapeños and grilled onions to bacon and blue cheese. Don’t miss other diner-style eats, including fries, onion rings, Frito pie, and chili dogs. Click here for directions.
  5. End on a sweet note at Flying Saucer Pie Shop This family-owned haunt has been slinging handmade pies since 1967. Go for double-crusted apple, traditional pecan, cinnamon and nutmeg-spiced pumpkin, fresh banana cream, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cream, and key lime pie, to name a few. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Click here for directions.
Photo courtesy of Miller’s Cafe
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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 .