5 Must Do Things in Spring Branch

Courtesy of Roostar Vietnamese Grill

In our Must Do Things Around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and enticing reasons you should give each one a visit.

Largely a residential neighborhood, the Spring Branch area plays home to a tapestry of cultures, making it an excellent destination for authentic global cuisine. But that’s not all the sprawling ‘hood has to offer, as there’s plenty of other fun to be had.

Here’s a glimpse at 5 of the best things to do in Spring Branch.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Spring Branch is roughly bound by Clay Road and Highway 290 to the north, Interstate 10 to the south, 61 to the east, and Beltway 8 to the west. It includes Spring Branch East and Spring Branch West, plus the area in between.

5 Must Do Things in Spring Branch

  1. Sip top-notch local suds at Karbach Brewing Company – Just on the edge of Spring Branch East lies this fantastic brewery, which has been keeping beer nerds quenched since 2011. With a multi-million dollar renovation which upgraded the facilities, expanded the outdoor space, and added an entire restaurant a few years back, Karbach’s following continues to gain traction both far and wide. Hit the biergarten to sip pints of Hopadillo IPA and Weekend Warrior, fresh from the tap (and look out for live music, pop-up markets and more); and check out the restaurant, where you’ll find refreshing brews alongside a lineup of elevated pub grub, from hot pretzels and smothered poutine to refreshing salads, brewmaster burgers and Weekend Warrior-battered fish & chips. Get directions to Karbach Brewing Company.
  2. Go big on smoked meats and more at Feges BBQ Husband and wife duo Patrick Feges and Erin Smith make quite a team, as proven by their original Feges BBQ location over in the Greenway Plaza food court. Now with bigger digs, the pair is making waves in the Texas barbecue scene, both for the smokehouse’s stellar bbq staples from brisket to whole hog, and with outside-the-box bbq accompaniments, from an unexpectedly perfect wine list to features like porcini-crusted steaks, fried chicken and biscuits, Money Cat potatoes, spicy Korean braised greens, and a PB&J chocolate cake. Sitting in a revamped strip mall, the fresh-faced space is family-friendly, too. Get directions to Feges BBQ.
  3. Get a taste of authentic eats from around the globe – The laundry list of ethnic cuisines dotting this part of town is downright impressive, but you’ll have to look inside the unassuming strip malls to find them. The ‘hood also packs street cred, as celebrated chef Chris Shepherd has been known to tout the spots lining Long Point Road. On that road, you’ll find real deal Mexican eats – think lamb barbacoa and cabrito (roast goat) served with handmade tortillas – at the family-run El Hidalguense in Spring Branch East. Cross the street and find one of the most spot-on examples of traditional Thai in the city at the highly regarded hole-in-the-wall, Vieng Thai. As you move along, you’ll see that Korean eateries are abundant, with Korea Garden Restaurant dishing out stellar Korean BBQ; fan favorite Bon Ga Korean Restaurant boasting everyday grub that is best ordered family-style; and Korean Noodle House drawing in fans with homey fare, from bulgogi to kimchi fried rice. For Vietnamese, don’t miss the banh mi at the unfussy Roostar Vietnamese Grill. It’s also worth venturing off Long Point to all-star Korean fried chicken at The ToreOre, located in the Super H Mart’s food court. For a little taste of everything (and craft beer), check out popular brewpub The Branch, with eclectic offerings like PEI mussels, gochujang beef jerky, and peanut butter patty melts.
  4. Pick your pours at Shoot the Moon – Just a few doors down from Feges BBQ in a strip mall off Long Point sits this hot new drinking experience from craft beer and cocktail guru Kevin Floyd (who you may know from both Anvil and Hay Merchant in Montrose). There, you’ll find Houston’s coolest self-service tap wall, offering over 80 selections of beer, wine, cocktails and liquor to go alongside on-point pub grub. To partake, just check in with a team member to have your age verified and your tab opened; then get your access card to hit the taps. Get directions to Shoot the Moon.
  5. Get your laugh on at the Improv Houston – Is there any better way to spend the night than laughing until you’re literally crying? We think not. This comedy clubs hosts a lineup of talent that includes both the biggest names in comedy and up-and-coming funny guys that just may become your new favorite acts around. Seating is first-come, first-served, so show up early if you want the best seats in the house. Don’t worry, there’s a bar inside (and you can always kill time at the neighboring Dave & Buster’s). Get directions to Improv Houston.
Karbach Brewing Company | Photo: Justin Jerkins/365Houston

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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 .