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 Jon Buchanan, executive chef of Third Coast Restaurant & Conference Center. Third Coast is perched atop the John P. McGovern Commons, on the 6th floor above a scenic waterfall with a bird’s eye view of the Texas Medical Center.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Chef Jon Buchanan
- West Alabama Ice House – My favorite place to enjoy an ice cold Lone Star and eat some of the best tacos in Houston from the Tacos Tierra Caliente food truck in the parking lot of the Hollywood store across the street.
- H Mart – This place is more than just a grocery store with an amazing selection of unique items, it also has an awesome food court, kimchi bar, and seafood section.
- The Museum District – I enjoy the Museum District, Hermann Park and the surrounding area a lot, especially Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The zoo is a great place to brave the heat and spend time with the family. If the heat is too much, we like to go to the Planetarium, IMAX or check out one of the exhibits in the HMNS.
- Smart Financial Centrer – My new favorite venue for concerts. It has easy access, great acoustics, and a fantastic selection of shows. And, importantly, there are some good restaurants nearby, too.
- Festivals & Parades – One of the things I love about Houston is that there is always something to do, including awesome festivals and parades of every variety that show how diverse our city is and always shows me something new about our city. Houston Art Car Parade and Bayou City Arts Festival are two favorites.
About Jon Buchanan
Serving Gulf Coast-inspired cuisine in one of the most unique restaurant settings in Houston, Jon Buchanan is executive chef of Third Coast Restaurant and Conference Center in the Texas Medical Center. Third Coast is perched atop the John P. McGovern Commons, on the 6th floor above a scenic waterfall with a bird’s eye view of the Texas Medical Center. Before he began his culinary career a quarter century ago, the native Texan served in the United States Air Force in the Civil Engineering Division at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. Upon returning to Texas and accepting a position as Kitchen Manager at a local eatery, he realized that the culinary world would be his next calling. He enrolled in the well-regarded Culinary Program at The Art Institute of Houston to receive his credentials and honed his skills in some of the finest restaurants in the city including famed Robert Del Grande’s Cafe Annie, French Master Chef George Masraff of Masraff’s, and later at the Daily Review Cafe, and for the last 15 years he was head of the busy kitchen at Trevisio, which closed in Spring 2016 to be re-concepted as Third Coast.