Locals Share Best & Worst Of Houston For Super Bowl LI Visitors

The following are results of In The Loop’s poll of 20-Somethings, 30-somethings and, 40-and-overs.

The results were, let’s just say, candid. But if you’re visiting Houston for the Super Bowl, don’t you want to know what the “locals” know? Eat where the locals eat? Etc.?

Most enlightening of the more than 140 tried-and-true Houstonians’ responses were the striking similarities in some “Bests” and “Worsts” and the stark contrast in others.

Here are the unwashed answers the Chamber of Commerce may or may not want you to know. Results are in order of most-often mentioned to least:

1. What about Houston makes you puff out your chest with pride?

20-Somethings: 1) Hospitality/Friendliness, 2) Diversity, 3) Nightlife, 4) Jobs/Young professionals.

30-Somethings: 1) Houston Rodeo, 2) Diversity, 3) Hospitality/Friendliness, 4) Med Center.

40-and-over: 1) Med Center, 2) Diversity, 3) History/Historic sites, 4) Food/Restaurants

2. What about Houston makes you slap your forehead in disgust?

20-Somethings: 1) Abundant homelessness, 2) Traffic, 3) Potholes, 4) Rundown neighborhoods.

30-Somethings: 1) Traffic, 2) Abundant Homelessness, 3) Rundown neighborhoods, 4) Crime/violence.

40-and-over: 1) Rundown neighborhoods, 2) Traffic, 3) Potholes, 4) Crime/violence.

3. Where are the best cheap eats?

20-Somethings: 1) Whataburger, 2) Torchy’s Tacos, 3) Frenchy’s, 4) Timmy Chan’s.

30-Somethings: 1) Torchy’s Tacos, 2) Food/Taco trucks, 3) Dive/Tex-Mex, 4) Whataburger.

40-and-over: 1) Food/Taco trucks, 2) Dive/Tex-Mex, 3) Dive/Hamburgers, 4) Frenchy’s.

4. Where do you go when you have money in your pocket and are trying to impress?

20-Somethings: 1) Capital Grille, 2) Papadeaux, 3) El Tiempo, 4) Cle

30-Somethings: 1) Vic and Anthony’s, 2) Capital Grille, 3) Del Frisco’s, 4) Goode Co. Seafood.

40-and-over: 1) Pappas Bros., 2) Del Frisco’s, 3) Truluck’s, 4) Patrenella’s

5. Day trip (within 100-miles): 

20-Somethings: 1) Kemah, 2) Galveston, 3) Austin, 4) (several tied).

30-Somethings: 1) Galveston, 2) Space Center Houston, 3) Fishing, 4) Hunting.

40-and-over: 1) Galveston, 2) Fishing, 3) Kemah, 4) Hunting

6. Two-hours to have fun, inside the city limits:

20-Somethings: 1) Galleria, 2) Top Golf, 3) EADO, 4) Midtown.

30-Somethings: 1) Midtown, 2) Washington Ave., 3) Montrose, 4) Museum District.

40-and-over: 1) Galleria, 2) Rice Village, 3) Museum District, 4) Highland Village.

7. Best place to go for a jog/workout?

20-Somethings: 1) Allen Pkwy/Buffalo Bayou, 2) Hermann Park, 3) Rice U/Village, 4) Memorial Park.

30-Somethings: 1) Memorial Park, 2) Allen Pkwy/Buffalo Bayou, 3) Rice U/Village, 4) Downtown.

40-and-over: 1) Neighborhood trails, 2) Allen Pkwy/Buffalo Bayou, 3) Rice U/Village, 4) Memorial Park.

8. Best place to chill?

20-Somethings: 1) Rooftop/Patio bar, 2) Montrose, 3) Ballgame, 4) EADO

30-Somethings: 1) Discovery Green, 2) St. Arnold’s/micro-brewery, 3) Heights, 4) Rooftop/Patio bar.

40-and-over: 1) Backyard deck/patio, 2) St. Arnold’s/micro-brewery, 3) Discovery Green, 4) Local festival/arts shows

9. Most underrated place to visit?

20-Somethings: 1) Museum District, 2) Houston Zoo, 3) Sugar Land/Katy Town Center, 4) Downtown.

30-Somethings: 1) Houston Zoo, 2) Children’s Museum, 3) Theater District, 4) Underground Houston.

40-Somethings: 1) Theater District, 2) Museum District, 3) Sugar Land/Katy Town Center, 4) Seabrook/Sargent/Surfside

10. I’ll take a hard-pass on this allegedly popular Houston site:

20-Somethings: 1) Memorial Park, 2) NASA, 3) San Jacinto/Historic monuments, 4) Suburbs.

30-Somethings: 1) NASA, 2) Galleria, 3) Washington Ave., 4) San Jacinto/Historic monuments.

40-and-over: 1) Midtown, 2) Downtown, 3) Galleria, 4) NASA

11. You’re feeling outdoorsy, what do you do?

20-Somethings: 1) Buffalo Bayou, 2) Jog/Yoga/Walk dog Herman Park, 3) Discovery Green, 4) Patio bar.

30-Somethings: 1) Hike/Bike, 2) Buffalo Bayou, 3) Patio bar, 4) Fishing.

40-and-over: 1) Fishing, 2) Hike/Bike, 3) Hunting, 4) Boating/lake

12.You’re single (or in an alternate universe you are single) Best target-rich environment:

20-Somethings: 1) Midtown bar, 2) Washington Ave. bar, 3) Health club, 4) Bumble/Tinder apps.

30-Somethings: 1) River Oaks/Highland Village, 2) Happy Hour at an upscale restaurant, 3) EADO bar, 4) Health Club.

40-and-over: 1) River Oaks/Highland Village, 2) Galleria-area Happy Hour, 3) Sports bar, 4) Rice Village/Museum District.

13. Best suburb to spend an evening … and where?

20-Somethings: 1) Sugar Land Town Center, 2) City Center West Beltway, 3) The Woodlands Waterway, 4) Don’t know/don’t care.

30-Somethings: 1) Sugar Land Town Center, 2) The Woodlands/Waterway, 3) Kingwood Kings Harbor, 4) City Center West Beltway.

40-and-over: 1) Sugar Land Town Center, 2) The Woodlands/Waterway, 3) Katy, 4) City Center West Beltway.

14. I wish visitors didn’t have to see?

20-Somethings: 1) Abundant homelessness, 2) Potholes, 3) Rundown neighborhoods, 4) Traffic.

30-Somethings: 1) Abundant homelessness, 2) Rundown neighborhoods, 3) Astrodome, 4) Unkempt areas around airports.

40-and-over: 1) Abundant homelessness, 2) Astrodome, 3) Unkempt areas around airports, 4) Potholes.

15. The biggest misconception about Houston is?

20-Somethings: 1) We all wear hats/boots, 2) We like the Dallas Cowboys, 3) We are a dirty city, 4) We are smaller/envious of Dallas.

30-Somethings: 1) We all wear hats/boots, 2) We all have guns/are conservatives, 3) We are smaller/envious of Dallas, 4) We are unrefined.

40-and-over: 1) We all wear hats/boots, 2) We are unrefined, 3) We are smaller/envious of Dallas, 4) We all have guns/are conservatives.

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