5 Must Do Things in the Energy Corridor

Sample a slice of brick-oven scorched pies at Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana | Courtesy of Pizaro's Pizza

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.

Houston’s Energy Corridor may play home to the world’s largest energy companies, but there’s way more to this business district than straight business.

There’s the Houston Greek Fest at the St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church, for starters. Plus, these playful, tasty, and invigorating activities.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the Energy Corridor is defined by this map.

5 Must Do Things in the Energy Corridor

  1. Share pies at the original Pizaro’s Pizza – Houston’s first Vera Pizza Napoletana-certified pizzeria slings out what are easily some of the best pies in town. The thin and chewy, Neapolitan-style pies cook for about 90 seconds in a 900-degree Italian brick oven before coming out hot and beautifully scorched. You’ll want to come with a crew so you can share a few varieties, which include but are not limited to a caramelized onion and bell pepper Sweetpea Pizza, classic Calabrese pizza with spicy soppressata and pepperoni, and Margherita pie jazzed up with a spinach and ricotta-stuffed crust. Finish the meal with a piece of tiramisu or shareable Nutella flatbread. Get directions to Pizaro’s Pizza.
  2. Practice your swing at Top Golf – This interactive driving range is the coolest way to hit the green. Perfect for an after-work happy hour, a leisurely weekend, or when you have guests in town and want to play hooky from work, head here to grab some drinks and above-par pub grub while you do your best to hit golf balls at targets in the outfield. Don’t worry, there are microchips to keep score so you don’t have to. Get directions to Top Golf.
  3. Explore the parks – Stretched over 7,800 acres, you can spend the entire day exploring George Bush Park. The public park boasts jogging and biking trails lined by swamps, ponds, and forests, plus soccer and baseball fields, playgrounds and pavilions, and a shooting range. If you’d like to keep things easier, try the 500-acre Terry Hershey Park, where you’ll find over 10 miles of hike and bike trails, dubbed “The Anthills.”
  4. Get your skate on at Dairy Ashford Roller Rink – Break out the tube socks and head back in time at this old school roller skating rink, which has kept the party going since 1974. Today, the throwback is the perfect place to get nostalgic, whether it be at a birthday party, cheap public skates, or adult skate nights complete with DJs. There are roller skates and inline blades available, so all you need to do is lace up and get rollin’. Get directions to Dairy Ashford Roller Rink.
  5. Go French at Bistro 555 – You can visit Paris without ever leaving the city by taking a short trip to the charming Bistro 555, from the former owners of Le Mistral and current owners Rice Village’s Cafe Rabelais. Start with sizzling escargot, foie gras tartelette with roasted mango, duck confit and blackberry sauce, or a wood-fired French onion soup finished with melty Gruyère; then indulge in bistro plates from moules frites to duck l’orange before treating yourself to a tarte tatin or creme brulee for dessert. Get directions to Bistro 555.
Take to the hike & bike trails of Terry Hershey Park in the Energy Corridor | Photo: Tom Fox; courtesy of SWA Group

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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 .