Architectural Digest, the renowned design magazine, has dubbed Houston, "The Coolest Town in Texas." The proclamation comes in its new April issue and it's part of a fawning profile of the city.
"When did Houston," the article begins, "become one of the most exciting places in America?"
Houstonians are already well-aware of the countless destinations that make the city so special, but clearly, many people are still out of the Loop. That tired cowboy stereotype is making way for talk of Houston's foodies, gallerists and fashionistas.
The article highlights a number of oft-touted restaurants, including Oxheart, The Pass & Provisions, Brasserie 19, Underbelly, Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette and Da Marc. It also references Bobby Heugel's "sophisticated" downtown tequila bar The Pastry War.
The design magazine mentions Houston's vibrant art scene, featuring fine art havens such as The Menil Collection, Rothko Chapel, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Moody Gallery, McClain Gallery and Parkerson Gallery.
As for shopping, Architectural Digest focuses on several well-known local boutiques — ones selling everything from handmade shirts to antique furniture — including Kuhl-Linscomb, Hamilton Shirts, Found, David Lackey Antiques & Art, and even newcomers Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn.
The magazines also praises several area hotels, such as Hotel Granduca, Hotel Icon and La Colombe d'Or, and other popular destinations like Discovery Green and the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University.
Do you want everyone to know how cool Houston is? Or would you rather the city's wonder stay more under the radar?