Houston is a rambling, gambling town. From John Kirby Allen and August Chapman Allen, the two land-speculating brothers who founded this city by betting they could convince people to move next to a muddy river, to the thousands who migrate here every year in search of warm winters and hot job prospects, the Bayou City has always had almost as many gambling bugs as mosquitoes. Betting on this city is a calculated risk, with odds made all the better by the good folks who call Houston home.
In this year’s Best Of Houston® issue, we’ve highlighted all kinds of people who make this city a great gamble: chefs, artists, athletes, shopkeepers, entrepreneurs, musicians, bakers, mechanics, sommeliers, politicians and dancers. Houston is a city that knew it was cool long before the rest of the country noticed, but that doesn’t mean we don’t welcome all these newcomers who want to roll the dice at our table. Like any good gambling spot, we know the value of hospitality. Take a look inside these pages and you’ll find plenty of that. — Keith Plocek, Editor of Best of Houston® 2014