Summertime is upon us and that means summer heat, long evenings and baseball. While you can bring your own dinner and buy food at Minute Maid Stadium, there is a huge tradition in Houston to go out to eat before going to an Astros game. Houston has a new minor league baseball team as well, so do not forget to go down to Constellation Field in Sugar Land and watch the Skeeters play. Depending on which team you’re watching, there are some great places near the stadiums for you to grab a bite before the game.
Irma’s Southwest Grill
1314 Texas St., Sutie 706
Houston, TX 77002
Irma’s Southwest Grill is a game-day tradition in Houston. Not only is the food incredible, but Irma’s loves the Astros. It offer plenty of Astros game-day specials. Whether it is a day or evening game, Irma’s opens three hours before the first pitch is thrown and offers a one-of-a-kind Astros game-day menu. You can also choose from dishes such as fajitas, tamales, enchiladas, shrimp tacos and banana pudding or tres leches for dessert. Just a close walk to Minute Maid Park, Irma’s is the place to taste before the Astros take the field.
Ninfa’s on Navigation
2704 Navigation Blvd.
Houston, TX 77003
Seeped in Astros game-day traditions, Ninfa’s on Navigation is where you want to go for delicious Mexican food. Dishes you should try are the tamales, fajita salad, crispy calamari Mexicana, diablo shrimp, fajita burger, el dannie and slow-roasted baby back ribs. Dessert has just as many delectable dishes to choose from – Mexican chocolate cake, tres leches, Kahlua flan and more. Ninfa’s offers the best that Mexican food has to offer and plays around with recipes so that its dishes are unique. A special feature of Ninfa’s is that it will shuttle you, your family and friends back and forth between Minute Maid and Ninfa’s starting two hours before the game starts. You don’t have to be concerned about parking because Ninfa’s will let you park for free.
1001 Austin St.
Houston, TX 77010
If you are looking for a bar to visit before or after an Astros game, MKT Bar is where you want to go. Offering such a wide variety of gelato, coffee, beer and wine with a fantastic menu, MKT is unlike any bar in Houston. Among some of the best dishes are the different kinds of sliders and pizza, humus, shoestring fries, mac ‘n cheese and grilled pork chops. For dessert, try the MKT signature royal chocolate cake, cheesecake and chocolate coconut tarts. Be sure to drp by MKT any day of the week because it has special events and music every day of the week.
Baker Street Bar & Grill
15970 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77479
One of Sugar Land’s most popular bar and grills, Baker Street is a great choice to eat and drink before or after a Skeeters game. The food is impeccable. Make sure you try any of the wings, sliders and burgers or sweet potato fries, pulled pork tacos and the fish and chips. If you are looking for a drink before or after the game, the beer is top notch. End your meal with a Bailey’s Irish cream cheese cake or ice cream, cooling off before sitting out in the summer evening air.
7322 S.W. Freeway, Suite 1870
Houston, TX 77477
Nearby Constellation Stadium, 59 is the place to eat before heading over to a Skeeters game. With some of the tastiest burgers, fries and milkshakes, you can’t go wrong. If you are looking for something different to eat before the game, try eating from the breakfast menu. It is served all day. Expect easy-on-the-wallet, home-cooked American food no matter what you order. Check it out before or after the next Skeeters game.
Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and quick using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.