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What makes Houstonians proud, best new patios and great first date spots lead the week's top stories

What makes Houstonians proud, best patios lead the week's top stories

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Check out the list that Lawnstarter compiled of 19 things that make Houstonians proud. Photo by Jim Olive/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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See which spots are included on our list of the best new restaurant patios, including this one at Hunky Dory in the Heights. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
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Chuck Pritchett has closed the Hollister Grill after six years. Hollister Grill / Facebook
First date at restaurant or bar
CultureMap's list should help take the stress out of finding where to go on a first date. Retrack Introductions
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Anthony Bourdain spoke to food editor Eric Sandler while he was in town to tout the Balvenie Rare Craft collection. Photo by Eric Sandler
Houston skyline freeway aerial
Houston, hunky dory restaurant, october 2015, patio
Hollister Grill crop
First date at restaurant or bar
Anthony Bourdain Balvenie

Editor’s note: It's time to recap the most popular stories on CultureMap from this past week:

1. 19 things that make every Houstonian proud. See if you agree with Lawnstarter's list of the top things that make locals proud of their city, ranging from culturally-charged locales to pop idols.

2. Enjoy Houston's great outdoors: 10 wonderful new restaurant and bar patios. Check out our list of the best new spots where you can eat outside while enjoying the fall weather.

3. Double whammy forces neighborhood restaurant to close after six-year run. Find out why one popular American eatery in Spring Branch has closed its doors after sustaining for more than half a decade.

4. Where to meet on a first date: 10 great dining and bar options that guarantee a good start. Take the fear out of first dates with CultureMap's list of the best date spots and get some good advice, too.

5. Anthony Bourdain reveals plans for "weird" Houston episode and why Tex-Mex food is only good when you're drunk. See what food editor Eric Sandler discussed — including details on an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown about Houston — with star Anthony Bourdain on his recent visit to the city.