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Houston Named Coolest City

International magazine names Houston "The Coolest Town in Texas" — Was there really ever any doubt?

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Houston — it's the Coolest Town in Texas. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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The Pass and Provisions, Montrose's side-by-side restaurant venue, is known for both haute cuisine and casual dining. Photo by © Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Kuhl-Linscomb is one of the city's most stylish and eclectic stores. Photo by Barbara Kuntz
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Rothko Chapel, along with the Menil Collection, were just a few of the art-oriented destinations highlighted. Hickey Robertson
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The beautifully renovated Hotel Icon was one of several hotels featured in the upcoming article. Courtesy of Hotel Icon
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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. 

Among those interviewed are some of the city's notables, including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Gary Tinterow, Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd and socialite Becca Cason Thrash.

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, FoundDavid 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?

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