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If Garrett seems almost stubbornly committed to making the neighborhood food park work, it's because she's had a business there for more than 20 years. She and her brother Craig own Klassic Hardwood Floors, a reclamation and repurposing business across the street from the food park. Garrett says the food park lot was vacant for as long as she can remember, so it wasn't hard for her to convince the landlord to let her do something with the property. The next step was convincing the city that she could make use of the grassy lot under the overpass. Now she just needs to use those persuasive skills to get trucks and customers to the happening new spot.

On a recent Thursday evening, Midtown Mobile Cuisine welcomed Sticky's Chicken, Soul Cat Cuisine, Flip 'n Patties and Raw Chef Renee Vegan. The DJ, Steez, has already set up, and Soul Cat's Robert Stokes is deep in conversation with Craig about hosting a wings competition. The crowds haven't come yet, but Garrett remains positive that they will.

"Of everything I've been through, this is the hardest, because you're relying not only on your own work but other people as well," Garrett says. "My brother Craig and I are so used to working hard and seeing it pay off. But with this, you just kind of have to wait. We just have to hang in there. It's coming."
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The best time to go to Da Marco is during black truffle season.
Katharine Shilcutt
The best time to go to Da Marco is during black truffle season.
You bet Backstreet Cafe’s seasonal tomato menu is on this bucket list.
Courtesy of Paula Murphy
You bet Backstreet Cafe’s seasonal tomato menu is on this bucket list.

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Summer Food Bucket List

Eat your way through Houston this summer.

Molly Dunn

Summer is a time to relax, enjoy the weather and eat really good food. Thank goodness we live in a city bursting with opportunities to satisfy our adventurous cravings.

We have listed ten food-centric tasks for you to do this summer. Think of it as a bucket list. Get all these things done before the summer is over.

10. Eat at Every Food Truck Park

The number of food truck parks in Houston and the surrounding area has grown significantly over the past several months. Make a trip to each one (Mangum Food Park, Midtown Mobile Cuisine, Houston Food Park and My Food Park HTX) to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack. The Modular, Pi Pizza Truck and Porch Swing Dessertsfrequent Mangum Food Park in northwest Houston; Taco Nuts, Flip 'n Patties and Zeapod Cakery tend to set up shop at My Food Park HTX in the Energy Corridor; and Texas Blizzard likes to hang out at Houston Food Park on St. Emanuel. Check out the newest park, Midtown Mobile Cuisine, which features a rotating lineup of seven food trucks at a time, such as Doughmaker Doughnuts and Detox Truck.

9. Enjoy Ice Cream and Treats at La King's Confectionery

Of course, you should drive to Galveston for the sun, ocean and sand, but you should also make a special trip to the Gulf for ice cream and sodas from La King's Confectionery. Don't stick to just a couple of scoops of ice cream, though. Add some of your favorite frozen treat to any soda from the old-fashioned soda fountain. Sit inside the ice cream parlor, watch the confectioners make taffy and enjoy a stroll along The Strand.

8. Go on Farmers' Market Trips & Picnic Lunches

Head to the Eastside Farmers Market on Saturday (or Sunday) and fill a basket or bag with locally sourced foods to make a picnic lunch. Grab some bread from Angela's Oven or Artisana Bread, then collect duck breast prosciutto from Tejas Heritage Farm and chèvre from Swede Farm for a delightful sandwich. Add some blackberries and plums from Lightsey Farms, or tomatoes and lettuce from Knopp Branch Farm. Throw in some macarons from Maison Burdisso or honey from Bee Wilde for a little something sweet.

7. Order Ribbon Ice in Chinatown

Kaitlin Steinberg wrote recently about the ribbon ice from Nu Cafe in Chinatown. Some call it snow ice, others call it ribbon ice, but either way, it's a Taiwanese dessert that's just as much a treat to eat as it is to watch being prepared. Explore Chinatown's hidden gems, then stop by Nu Cafe or head to SnowBlock Shavery on Rice Boulevard for one of the best ice-cold sweet treats. Rock-hard ice cream blocks are placed in a machine that shaves the block as it is spins, creating tissue-paper-thin ribbons of ice cream. Watch the server catch the ice cream on a plate and create a mountain-high dessert accompanied by fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrups and mochi mango boba.

6. Eat Backstreet Cafe's Seasonal Tomato Menu

Tomatoes are one of the best fruits of the summer, and Backstreet Cafe's seasonal tomato menu is one of the best ways to enjoy them. Chef Hugo Ortega will serve up this menu for brunch, lunch and dinner until the middle of September. Don't miss out on staple tomato dishes like the fried green tomatoes topped with crabmeat rémoulade, or a light and refreshing tomato jalapeño gazpacho. Introduce your palate to bold flavors with the tomato pie served with a small black bean salad, or the blistered cherry tomato tartine with whipped feta cheese, basil and pine nuts.

5. Tour Every Brewery in Houston

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SkrewstonCupcake
SkrewstonCupcake

Great article as usual gal. "Wow, I don't know who wrote this top 100 recently, but he sure loves his drunk food and and sandwiches!" Ps.. I think you left your jacket ;) -Monica D

SkrewstonCupcake
SkrewstonCupcake

Great article as usual gal. "Wow, I don't know who wrote this top 100 recently, but she sure loves her drunk food and and sandwiches!" Ps.. I think you left your jacket ;) -Monica D

 
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