People might have their preconceived ideas about Texas, but when they say everything’s bigger here that includes the surprises – and there’s no shortage of those in Houston. Behind every corner of the eclectic city there’s something sure to defy expectations about the Lone Star State.

For a twist on a classic, cut a rug at hip honky-tonk Goodnight Charlie’s. But better to do so on a full stomach, perhaps courtesy of one of James Beard-winning chef Chris Shepherd’s many Houston restaurants, like steakhouse Georgia James or the ever-evolving One Fifth in the Montrose district. Or for authentic Vietnamese cuisine (an unexpected Houston staple) with a Cajun spin, visit Crawfish & Noodles.

As for sights, the Rothko Chapel can help you find some art-heavy zen; or for a less grounded afternoon, blast off to the Space Center Houston. There’s something for everyone in Houston – more often than not on the same block.

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