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Where To Dine Near NRG Stadium

Fuel up with tequila-fueled cocktails, Tex-Mex eats, and fiery hot chicken

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Whether it’s for a Texans game or concert, or a fun-filled day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, trekking to NRG Stadium can be a daunting journey, so it’s important to fuel up before you go. The stadium is known for its stellar food and drink offerings during football games and shows, but there are plenty of places in its surrounding area that are just as worthy.

When it comes to choosing a central gathering place for friends, or simply a place to pre-game before venturing into the hustle and bustle of the NRG bubble, consider these restaurants near the stadium to eat, drink, and satisfy your spicy tooth.

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Molina's Cantina - Bellaire Blvd.

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Molina’s Cantina is an iconic Tex-Mex destination in the city, and its Southside Place location, just a 10 minute drive from NRG, is close enough to visit on the way, but far enough away from all of the stadium traffic. Fuel up during happy hour on weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m., and take advantage of specials on appetizers and margaritas.

A platter of shrimp and vegetables, with rice, beans, and guacamole.
Raulito’s shrimp special at Molina’s is a feast for one.
Molina’s Cantina

Blossom Hotel Houston

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Located two miles from NRG, the new Blossom Hotel is a worthy choice for those seeking pre-game cocktails near the stadium. The 16-story boutique hotel’s rendezVu lobby bar is a chic alternative to the more casual restaurants and bars in the area, with a menu of specialty cocktails and a pop of pink from luxurious lounge furnishings.

A pink frothy cocktail garnished with a strawberry.
Pick your poison at the Blossom Hotel’s rendezVu lobby bar. 
Blossom Hotel

Morningside Thai

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This decades-old Thai eatery is a reliable go-to when you’re on the hunt for something beyond traditional game-day grub. The restaurant’s spicy Thai offerings include soft spring rolls with shrimp, fragrant tom yum soup, basil with crispy chicken, and homemade panang curry.

Liberty Taco

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This casual, counter-service taco shop, known for its robust menu of tacos and quesadillas, has an outpost on Old Spanish Trail near NRG. Feed your Tex-Mex fix with chips and guacamole and tacos of all varieties, including baja shrimp, Texas brisket, chicken tinga, citrus pork, and more. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian tacos too, with roasted vegetable, bean, and Impossible meat fillings.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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Few things satisfy like hot and fresh fried chicken, and Gus’s is among the city’s top places to indulge. Choose between wings and white or dark meat, and build a plate with traditional country sides like macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, collard greens, and fried okra.

Pappas Bar-B-Q

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There are no shortage of barbecue offerings in Houston, and even more so if you’re visiting the Houston Rodeo, but for a classic take on Texas ‘cue, consider dining at Pappas Bar-B-Q, which has an outpost near NRG. Take on the behemoth beef or pulled pork baked potato, or dig into brisket, sausage, and mac & cheese. In need of morning sustenance? Pappas has breakfast tacos with fillings like chorizo, smoked chicken, and brisket.

Clutch City Cluckers

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Before hitting the stadium, warm up your belly with Nashville-inspired hot chicken at Clutch City Cluckers. The hot chicken joint has grown rapidly in the last few years, adding new locations around Houston, including one by NRG Stadium. Try the Cluck It Like It’s Hot chicken sandwich, which combines tenders, slaw, and pickles on a challah bun, or go for the Cluck It Waffle, which incorporates thick waffles as a substitute.

Pappasito's Cantina

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Eating Tex-Mex is practically a Houston-area pastime, and this Pappas Family favorite dishes up comfort plates galore. Expect sizzling platters of fajitas, soft and crispy tacos, queso fundido, cheesy enchiladas, loaded nachos, and homemade tres leches cake. Can’t decide on which margarita to pair with your meal? Opt for a frozen flight, and sample three in one sitting.

Molina's Cantina - Bellaire Blvd.

Molina’s Cantina is an iconic Tex-Mex destination in the city, and its Southside Place location, just a 10 minute drive from NRG, is close enough to visit on the way, but far enough away from all of the stadium traffic. Fuel up during happy hour on weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m., and take advantage of specials on appetizers and margaritas.

A platter of shrimp and vegetables, with rice, beans, and guacamole.
Raulito’s shrimp special at Molina’s is a feast for one.
Molina’s Cantina

Blossom Hotel Houston

Located two miles from NRG, the new Blossom Hotel is a worthy choice for those seeking pre-game cocktails near the stadium. The 16-story boutique hotel’s rendezVu lobby bar is a chic alternative to the more casual restaurants and bars in the area, with a menu of specialty cocktails and a pop of pink from luxurious lounge furnishings.

A pink frothy cocktail garnished with a strawberry.
Pick your poison at the Blossom Hotel’s rendezVu lobby bar. 
Blossom Hotel

Morningside Thai

This decades-old Thai eatery is a reliable go-to when you’re on the hunt for something beyond traditional game-day grub. The restaurant’s spicy Thai offerings include soft spring rolls with shrimp, fragrant tom yum soup, basil with crispy chicken, and homemade panang curry.

Liberty Taco

This casual, counter-service taco shop, known for its robust menu of tacos and quesadillas, has an outpost on Old Spanish Trail near NRG. Feed your Tex-Mex fix with chips and guacamole and tacos of all varieties, including baja shrimp, Texas brisket, chicken tinga, citrus pork, and more. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian tacos too, with roasted vegetable, bean, and Impossible meat fillings.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Few things satisfy like hot and fresh fried chicken, and Gus’s is among the city’s top places to indulge. Choose between wings and white or dark meat, and build a plate with traditional country sides like macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, collard greens, and fried okra.

Pappas Bar-B-Q

There are no shortage of barbecue offerings in Houston, and even more so if you’re visiting the Houston Rodeo, but for a classic take on Texas ‘cue, consider dining at Pappas Bar-B-Q, which has an outpost near NRG. Take on the behemoth beef or pulled pork baked potato, or dig into brisket, sausage, and mac & cheese. In need of morning sustenance? Pappas has breakfast tacos with fillings like chorizo, smoked chicken, and brisket.

Clutch City Cluckers

Before hitting the stadium, warm up your belly with Nashville-inspired hot chicken at Clutch City Cluckers. The hot chicken joint has grown rapidly in the last few years, adding new locations around Houston, including one by NRG Stadium. Try the Cluck It Like It’s Hot chicken sandwich, which combines tenders, slaw, and pickles on a challah bun, or go for the Cluck It Waffle, which incorporates thick waffles as a substitute.

Pappasito's Cantina

Eating Tex-Mex is practically a Houston-area pastime, and this Pappas Family favorite dishes up comfort plates galore. Expect sizzling platters of fajitas, soft and crispy tacos, queso fundido, cheesy enchiladas, loaded nachos, and homemade tres leches cake. Can’t decide on which margarita to pair with your meal? Opt for a frozen flight, and sample three in one sitting.

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