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 Award-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—often on the same block.

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