Houston's certainly seen its fair share of excitement this year, and since it's our mission to keep you informed about all the city's happenings and hottest spots, we've rounded up CultureMap's most popular stories of 2015.
Out of the nearly 1,300 articles we published this year, our most read story detailed exactly why Houston garnered the No. 1 spot on Forbes' annual list of America's Fastest-Growing Cities, indicating that it's an honor Houstonians don't take lightly.
Seeing that Jeffrey Hildebrand, the CEO of Houston-based energy company Hilcorp, recently gave each of his 1,381 employees massive holiday bonuses of $100,000, it's no surprise that the article on his remarkable generosity shot to be our No. 2 story of the year, in spite of having been published only a few weeks before year's end.
A number of articles by our food editor Eric Sandler also garnered top spots this year, including a run-down of the city's hottest restaurants and 10 Houston dishes to eat before you die.
Whether we wrote about local celebrities like the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt or KHOU's Chita Johnson, gave you the scoop on hot concerts or told you about an upcoming reality Houston-based reality show, here are CultureMap's most popular stories for 2015: