Ten Best Signs You're a Houston Foodie

Sure, you live in Houston. Maybe you even grew up in Houston. But are you a true Houston foodie?

Do you plan your days off around which type of ethnic food you most want to eat, and stick to a single neighborhood for hours so as to properly indulge and explore?

Do you make a sport of going to Revival Market for doughnuts and Shipleys on North Main for boudin kolaches on the same day in an attempt to actually acquire both before they sell out?

Do the folks behind the counter at Burt's Meat Market greet you by name?

Do you know the significance of the red cup at Ruchi's?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you might be a Houston foodie. Here are some other criteria.

10. You identify four seasons: Oyster, crawfish, margarita and tailgate. Oyster season falls during the winter months, obviously. Wait, or is that the other way around? Nah, here in Houston, the beginning of oyster season and the beginning of winter are simultaneous, though clearly one is more a reason to rejoice than the other. After that is crawfish season--roughly the equivalent of what everyone else calls spring. Then there's margarita season, aka summer, and finally tailgate season in the fall, when we spend our free time grilling and rooting for the Texans, even if they suck.

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Kaitlin Steinberg