Southern Hospitality Houston Style

Several places have been popping up around Houston lately that celebrate the heritage and pride of southern hospitality. 

Punk’s, located in Rice Village, prides itself on serving “simple southern food.”  The newest edition to the Clark Cooper restaurant family features southern home cooking your grandma would be proud of.  The moment you step through the door, which has replica revolvers for handles, you feel as if you’ve been transported to a small town, family owned establishment.  While there you have to try the gluten free sweet corn hush puppies and Grandma Pat’s buttermilk fried chicken.

From the uber-creative mind of Alba Huerta and the Clumsy Butcher group comes Julep on Washington Avenue.  Julep’s focus is classic southern cocktails with inventive twists and bar bites including fresh raw oysters and cold seafood plates.  Try a classic mint julep with Four Roses Bourbon or a Topps and Bottoms made with sunflower infused rum and served with a Topps baseball card as a coaster.

The newest edition to the Midtown bar scene is Sage County, a sister bar to hot spots Pub Fiction and Celtic Gardens.  Grab a seat on their patio and order up an ice cold beer served in a replica red Solo cup or one of their fabulous Texas spirits.  Some of my favorites are Cinco vodka, Dulce Vida tequila and Red River Bourbon.  Sage County throws great theme nights and is probably one of the only bars in town that features Mickey’s and Boone’s Farm.

I encourage you to check out these great establishments and show your southern pride!

The interior of Punk's & a Maker's Mark mint julep

The interior of Punk’s & a Maker’s Mark mint julep

Clockwise from top: preparations for a julep; a Sparkling Julep; interior of Julep

Clockwise from top: preparations for a julep; a Sparkling Julep; interior of Julep

Red "Solo" Cups & the indoor patio

Red “Solo” Cups & the indoor patio

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