Whether it is your first time or your 49th time visiting Houston, here are some travel tips from a Houston native that you must read before visiting Houston for OTC 2018:
- Houstonians love BBQ and our hometown has some of the best barbecue in the country! Our H-town pit masters serve up briskets, sausage, and ribs in generous portions all over the city. Make sure you get a taste of some delicious barbecue while you are in town!
- Breakfast tacos – morning, noon or night, these are an essential portable dish for anyone visiting Houston. A breakfast taco, for those that don’t know, is a fluffy flour or corn tortilla stuffed with your choice of egg, chorizo, beef, bacon, beans, potatoes, cheese, and salsa. This handy, hearty breakfast is perfect for any hungry person on the move.
- If you are in Houston on May 5th, you have to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! It is a wonderful celebration including Mexican food, drinks, especially Margaritas and dancing. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, it actually commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.
- While hats, jeans, and boots are not the local dress code, they can be seen everywhere in Houston. You are not required to dress that way if you don’t want to and many “natives” here don’t dress that way either.
- Houston Food Trucks are meals on wheels for everything you crave. There will be food trucks in the outside food area at OTC and they can be found all over town.
- We love food in Houston and our city is full of delicious, dive bar-like ethnic food places. You should try as many as you can!
- Before arriving in Houston, learn how to pronounce "kolache". It is pronounced ko-LAH-chee for those that don’t know. These awesome filled dough pouches of deliciousness will blow your mind. Traditional kolaches are sweet while modern kolaches are savory.
- Houston is not known for its public transportation, but the city’s MetroRail is a great option for those staying close to downtown. The recently expanded light rail provides service along nearly 23 miles of central Houston. You can ride the rail to more than 100 dining and nightlife options, professional sports arenas, cultural institutions and the largest medical center in the world. Each one-way ticket only costs $1.25, a price Uber, Lyft and cabs cannot beat!