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Brad & Lynn's Houston Guidebook

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Brad & Lynn's Houston Guidebook

Groceries
Nearby locations for self-catering.
There is a Kroger store on the corner of Polk and Cullen, about a mile east. It's basic but fine. https://goo.gl/maps/3X9MPBNxZVtpL8Uk7
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Kroger
4000 Polk Street
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There is a Kroger store on the corner of Polk and Cullen, about a mile east. It's basic but fine. https://goo.gl/maps/3X9MPBNxZVtpL8Uk7
For convenience items, the Matamoros Meat Market a few blocks down Polk is handy (they also have really great barbacoa tacos at lunch, and tacos al carbon on weekends). https://goo.gl/maps/imi2yprDtwXmShqW6
Matamoros Meat Market
4953 Polk Street
For convenience items, the Matamoros Meat Market a few blocks down Polk is handy (they also have really great barbacoa tacos at lunch, and tacos al carbon on weekends). https://goo.gl/maps/imi2yprDtwXmShqW6
If you need fancy-schmancy organic stuff, the closest Whole Foods is in Montrose on the other side of downtown. (The Kroger does actually have a reasonable selection of organic stuff...) https://goo.gl/maps/LHbkfZBP77y8xXhG9
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Whole Foods Market
701 Waugh Drive
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If you need fancy-schmancy organic stuff, the closest Whole Foods is in Montrose on the other side of downtown. (The Kroger does actually have a reasonable selection of organic stuff...) https://goo.gl/maps/LHbkfZBP77y8xXhG9
Eastwood Restaurants & Bars
These are restaurants and bars in our neighborhood.
In the Tlaquepaque Marketplace on Telephone Road is the neighborhood hub: Bohemeo’s Café, a laid-back indie coffehouse/bar/restaurant with live music many nights of the week. They have a great selection of beers, along with sandwiches, pizza, salads and snacks. Highly recommended. https://goo.gl/maps/5H4EMVdZsYuLTZoUA
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Bohemeo's
708 Telephone Road
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In the Tlaquepaque Marketplace on Telephone Road is the neighborhood hub: Bohemeo’s Café, a laid-back indie coffehouse/bar/restaurant with live music many nights of the week. They have a great selection of beers, along with sandwiches, pizza, salads and snacks. Highly recommended. https://goo.gl/maps/5H4EMVdZsYuLTZoUA
Across the parking lot is Kanomwan, a family-run Thai restaurant with take out. https://goo.gl/maps/jheBJNvry1RhLfeN7
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Kanomwan
736 1/2 Telephone Road
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Across the parking lot is Kanomwan, a family-run Thai restaurant with take out. https://goo.gl/maps/jheBJNvry1RhLfeN7
On the corner of Dumble and Telephone is Alfred’s, a burger joint that is quite good. They even have a veggie burger option. Eastwood is getting so hip... https://goo.gl/maps/4Do7zhhehxr698oP7
Alfred's Burger House
723 Telephone Rd
On the corner of Dumble and Telephone is Alfred’s, a burger joint that is quite good. They even have a veggie burger option. Eastwood is getting so hip... https://goo.gl/maps/4Do7zhhehxr698oP7
Down Telephone Road is Texas Tacos & BBQ, which is open for breakfast and lunch and has the most amazing breakfast tacos in town. Order a “bacon super,” you will not be disappointed. https://goo.gl/maps/yy6wSqA9dB3MEQ2D8
Texas Tacos and BBQ
1000 Telephone Road
Down Telephone Road is Texas Tacos & BBQ, which is open for breakfast and lunch and has the most amazing breakfast tacos in town. Order a “bacon super,” you will not be disappointed. https://goo.gl/maps/yy6wSqA9dB3MEQ2D8
Further still down Telephone is Taqueria Monterrey, one of a number of Mexican family restaurants. They are one of the only places to get Tacos de Trompo, sort of a Mexican gyro. https://goo.gl/maps/ZaPJec722RkQPHbE6
Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito Restaurant
1713 Telephone Rd
Further still down Telephone is Taqueria Monterrey, one of a number of Mexican family restaurants. They are one of the only places to get Tacos de Trompo, sort of a Mexican gyro. https://goo.gl/maps/ZaPJec722RkQPHbE6
On the corner of Polk and Dumble is a small family-run Mexican place called Maga’s. All the food is really good and the people are wonderful. Some of the specials are very creative. https://goo.gl/maps/jLAZoWjF4fMJnqpR9
Maga's Restaurant
1123 Dumble St
On the corner of Polk and Dumble is a small family-run Mexican place called Maga’s. All the food is really good and the people are wonderful. Some of the specials are very creative. https://goo.gl/maps/jLAZoWjF4fMJnqpR9
On the corner of Cullen and Leeland, just down from Kroger, is an Italian restaurant and deli called Mandola’s. They have great sandwiches and pizzas and pastas, but they close early (6pm) so it’s hard to get dinner there. Great for lunch, though. Great people. https://goo.gl/maps/uYA2XeGKmhu5fafk7
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Mandola's Deli
4105 Leeland Street
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On the corner of Cullen and Leeland, just down from Kroger, is an Italian restaurant and deli called Mandola’s. They have great sandwiches and pizzas and pastas, but they close early (6pm) so it’s hard to get dinner there. Great for lunch, though. Great people. https://goo.gl/maps/uYA2XeGKmhu5fafk7
EaDo Restaurants & Bars
To the west of Eastwood toward downtown is the former warehouse district now called (in a somewhat blatant attempt at sounding New York-ish) EaDo — “East Downtown.” It is a rapidly developing area with a lot of new and hip places to eat and drink.
At McKinney and St. Emanuel is a great Vietnamese restaurant called Huynh (pronouced “hoon” like “book”). It’s very popular for both dine-in and take-out. https://goo.gl/maps/tPSGWoWKrABVSgLH8
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Huynh Restaurant
912 Saint Emanuel Street
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At McKinney and St. Emanuel is a great Vietnamese restaurant called Huynh (pronouced “hoon” like “book”). It’s very popular for both dine-in and take-out. https://goo.gl/maps/tPSGWoWKrABVSgLH8
All of St. Emanuel is lined with bars and clubs and is quite popular on weekend nights. Chapman and Kirby is a trendy bar and gastropub. https://goo.gl/maps/1qq9vaEkqJMdsgq66
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Chapman & Kirby
2118 Lamar St
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All of St. Emanuel is lined with bars and clubs and is quite popular on weekend nights. Chapman and Kirby is a trendy bar and gastropub. https://goo.gl/maps/1qq9vaEkqJMdsgq66
Down the street and around the corner at Dallas are two great places for outdoor beer drinking: Truck Yard (which also has food and sometimes live music)... https://goo.gl/maps/nxhqcdsxUy76ZvUf9
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Truck Yard
2118 Lamar St
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Down the street and around the corner at Dallas are two great places for outdoor beer drinking: Truck Yard (which also has food and sometimes live music)... https://goo.gl/maps/nxhqcdsxUy76ZvUf9
...and 8th Wonder Brewery, which has good food trucks. https://goo.gl/maps/nxhqcdsxUy76ZvUf9
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8th Wonder Brewery
2202 Dallas St
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...and 8th Wonder Brewery, which has good food trucks. https://goo.gl/maps/nxhqcdsxUy76ZvUf9
Further down St. Emmanuel and around the block at Leeland or Bell are several more bars and restaurants, including District 7 Grill. https://goo.gl/maps/VxTnyCApTtEtfkZV9
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District 7 Grill
1508 Hutchins Street
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Further down St. Emmanuel and around the block at Leeland or Bell are several more bars and restaurants, including District 7 Grill. https://goo.gl/maps/VxTnyCApTtEtfkZV9
Also Around the Corner. These places are a little quieter and less “scene”-y. https://goo.gl/maps/VxTnyCApTtEtfkZV9
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Around the Corner
1510 Hutchins St
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Also Around the Corner. These places are a little quieter and less “scene”-y. https://goo.gl/maps/VxTnyCApTtEtfkZV9
Second Ward Restaurants & Bars
To the north of EaDo and Eastwood is the city’s historic Mexican neighborhood, the Second Ward. There are numerous family Mexican restaurants, all pretty much alike.
Two on the Navigation Blvd. Esplanade that stand out: Ninfa’s and El Tiempo. Both are owned by the same family and are incredibly popular — especially on weekends, expect a wait. https://goo.gl/maps/2hcADYgkpMRqHQKZ9
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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation
2704 Navigation Boulevard
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Two on the Navigation Blvd. Esplanade that stand out: Ninfa’s and El Tiempo. Both are owned by the same family and are incredibly popular — especially on weekends, expect a wait. https://goo.gl/maps/2hcADYgkpMRqHQKZ9
Both restaurants are equally good; we marginally prefer El Tiempo. If you like pork, order the carnitas, “old school” style. https://goo.gl/maps/X1RRwPKtY8RNtp4C6
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El Tiempo Cantina - Navigation
2814 Navigation Boulevard
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Both restaurants are equally good; we marginally prefer El Tiempo. If you like pork, order the carnitas, “old school” style. https://goo.gl/maps/X1RRwPKtY8RNtp4C6
For a change from Mexican, Andes Café on Canal is a pan-Latin place with great food from all over South America. https://goo.gl/maps/1pQuYDSyNbqkMXJS9
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Andes Cafe
2311 Canal Street
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For a change from Mexican, Andes Café on Canal is a pan-Latin place with great food from all over South America. https://goo.gl/maps/1pQuYDSyNbqkMXJS9
There are two other particularly interesting places in the Second Ward. On Canal St. is Moon Tower Inn. It’s an outdoor beer bar with really creative wild game hot dogs. https://goo.gl/maps/xiiemxpUy3xmocA48
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Moon Tower Inn
3004 Canal Street
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There are two other particularly interesting places in the Second Ward. On Canal St. is Moon Tower Inn. It’s an outdoor beer bar with really creative wild game hot dogs. https://goo.gl/maps/xiiemxpUy3xmocA48
And on Milby close to Harrisburg is Voodoo Queen, a New Orleans-themed “daiquiri dive” with Louisiana food. https://goo.gl/maps/MpyhT7WzAhZPB35p8
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Voodoo Queen Daiquiri Dive
322 Milby Street
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And on Milby close to Harrisburg is Voodoo Queen, a New Orleans-themed “daiquiri dive” with Louisiana food. https://goo.gl/maps/MpyhT7WzAhZPB35p8
If you need some coffee and yummy sweets, the bakery Tout Suite is on the corner of Commerce and Chartres, the US-59 North feeder road. https://goo.gl/maps/bcin4oiSTBiDJkVn7
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Tout Suite
2001 Commerce Street
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If you need some coffee and yummy sweets, the bakery Tout Suite is on the corner of Commerce and Chartres, the US-59 North feeder road. https://goo.gl/maps/bcin4oiSTBiDJkVn7
Restaurants & Bars Further Afield
Houston seriously has more good restaurants and bars than you could visit in a year. Here are just a few places we think are particularly special and like to take guests...
On historic Market Square downtown is La Carafe, a spooky-feeling bar in Houston’s oldest commercial building. They have incredibly cheap beer and priceless atmosphere. https://goo.gl/maps/VBmhtxaWKTeeCoQUA
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La Carafe
813 Congress Avenue
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On historic Market Square downtown is La Carafe, a spooky-feeling bar in Houston’s oldest commercial building. They have incredibly cheap beer and priceless atmosphere. https://goo.gl/maps/VBmhtxaWKTeeCoQUA
On Main Street downtown at Capitol St. is the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, with Houston’s biggest beer selection and good food to boot. https://goo.gl/maps/s3ftC9CBDgRu4X4X6
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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
705 Main Street
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On Main Street downtown at Capitol St. is the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, with Houston’s biggest beer selection and good food to boot. https://goo.gl/maps/s3ftC9CBDgRu4X4X6
On Prairie St. downtown, below Prohibition Theatre (where they have unusual events like burlesque shows) is a cool food hall called Conservatory. https://goo.gl/maps/weA8FAXicgAVQBYu5
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Conservatory
1010 Prairie St
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On Prairie St. downtown, below Prohibition Theatre (where they have unusual events like burlesque shows) is a cool food hall called Conservatory. https://goo.gl/maps/weA8FAXicgAVQBYu5
Our favorite barbecue place is Goode Company on Kirby, off US-59 South. Great atmosphere and great food. “You might give some serious consideration to thanking your lucky stars you’re in Texas.” https://goo.gl/maps/uZ4rSPttbWxxrqhg7
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Goode Company BBQ
5109 Kirby Drive
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Our favorite barbecue place is Goode Company on Kirby, off US-59 South. Great atmosphere and great food. “You might give some serious consideration to thanking your lucky stars you’re in Texas.” https://goo.gl/maps/uZ4rSPttbWxxrqhg7
Across the street is the Goode Company Armadillo Palace, a wonderful bar/restaurant/music venue with great Texas-y kitsch and amazing venison chili. Pictures in front of the giant mirrored armadillo statue are a requirement for visitors. https://goo.gl/maps/N4iV5kPgtAWuRnLi8
Goode Company Armadillo Palace
5015 Kirby Drive
Across the street is the Goode Company Armadillo Palace, a wonderful bar/restaurant/music venue with great Texas-y kitsch and amazing venison chili. Pictures in front of the giant mirrored armadillo statue are a requirement for visitors. https://goo.gl/maps/N4iV5kPgtAWuRnLi8
The “Creek” empire is a chain of Texas Hill Country-ish bar/restaurants. Our favorite is the original, Onion Creek in the Heights. https://goo.gl/maps/65KKWYvx8bM3WzfN9
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Onion Creek Coffee House, Bar and Lounge
3106 White Oak Drive
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The “Creek” empire is a chain of Texas Hill Country-ish bar/restaurants. Our favorite is the original, Onion Creek in the Heights. https://goo.gl/maps/65KKWYvx8bM3WzfN9
Things to Do and See
You don’t need us to tell you about shopping at the Galleria or going to the various museums. Our favorite things in Houston are the quirky stuff you might not know about.
Consider starting your journey at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park. Walk the trails through the forest and swamps, and you might never guess you were in the fourth-largest city in the US. https://goo.gl/maps/dcR5BuXz8QxeW1vr8
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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
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Consider starting your journey at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Memorial Park. Walk the trails through the forest and swamps, and you might never guess you were in the fourth-largest city in the US. https://goo.gl/maps/dcR5BuXz8QxeW1vr8
Drive back east through Memorial Park and take a left on Malone St. A block up, you will come to the Beer Can House. This was the home of a guy who worked on the railroads, and one weekend while his wife was away, he and a buddy were drinking beer on the porch and he decided to start cover his house with the empty cans. You can go in, but it’s not necessary, you can just look from the street. https://goo.gl/maps/cn2jpiqXpDhQTi3A6
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Beer Can House
222 Malone Street
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Drive back east through Memorial Park and take a left on Malone St. A block up, you will come to the Beer Can House. This was the home of a guy who worked on the railroads, and one weekend while his wife was away, he and a buddy were drinking beer on the porch and he decided to start cover his house with the empty cans. You can go in, but it’s not necessary, you can just look from the street. https://goo.gl/maps/cn2jpiqXpDhQTi3A6
Continue up Malone to Washington Ave. and turn right, and go down to Heights Blvd and turn left. Just over the tracks is the Art Car Museum. Houston is known for it’s huge Art Car Parade each spring, and this museum always has a few on display, as well as other art. https://goo.gl/maps/ygk4cnMwCnB4avLb7
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Art Car Museum
140 Heights Boulevard
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Continue up Malone to Washington Ave. and turn right, and go down to Heights Blvd and turn left. Just over the tracks is the Art Car Museum. Houston is known for it’s huge Art Car Parade each spring, and this museum always has a few on display, as well as other art. https://goo.gl/maps/ygk4cnMwCnB4avLb7
Go back west on Washington Ave., past Shepherd/Durham, and run right on Roy St., crossing the tracks. On the corner is the studio of Mark Bradford, aka “Scrapdaddy,” an award-winning art car designer/sculptor. You can see many of his works parked nearby. https://goo.gl/maps/ZnjJTfgfRzLBRqBNA
5020 Allen St
5020 Allen St
Go back west on Washington Ave., past Shepherd/Durham, and run right on Roy St., crossing the tracks. On the corner is the studio of Mark Bradford, aka “Scrapdaddy,” an award-winning art car designer/sculptor. You can see many of his works parked nearby. https://goo.gl/maps/ZnjJTfgfRzLBRqBNA
Go back down to Washington Ave. and go east to historic Glenwood Cemetery. Very atmospheric. https://goo.gl/maps/xbu4fSnMZDGWizX78
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Glenwood Cemetery
2525 Washington Avenue
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Go back down to Washington Ave. and go east to historic Glenwood Cemetery. Very atmospheric. https://goo.gl/maps/xbu4fSnMZDGWizX78
Back out on Washington, turn right on Sawyer and follow it over and along Memorial Drive. Turn right and you will find yourself on the Sabine Street bridge. Park along Sabine if you can, or turn into the Fonde Recreation Center and park there. The Buffalo Bayou Visitor Center has a great view of the downtown Houston skyline, and the historic cistern is interesting and often has visual art installations. The trails along the Bayou make a nice walk; if you start going west on the north side of the Bayou, you can cross a footbridge by the Houston Police Officers’ Memorial and come back on the south side. https://goo.gl/maps/vsvhLSsJBnqVHiDp7
Buffalo Bayou visitor Center
105 Sabine St
Back out on Washington, turn right on Sawyer and follow it over and along Memorial Drive. Turn right and you will find yourself on the Sabine Street bridge. Park along Sabine if you can, or turn into the Fonde Recreation Center and park there. The Buffalo Bayou Visitor Center has a great view of the downtown Houston skyline, and the historic cistern is interesting and often has visual art installations. The trails along the Bayou make a nice walk; if you start going west on the north side of the Bayou, you can cross a footbridge by the Houston Police Officers’ Memorial and come back on the south side. https://goo.gl/maps/vsvhLSsJBnqVHiDp7
Coming out of the bridge or parking lot area onto Memorial, turn right at the lights and enter I-45 South towards Galveston. Exiting at Telephone Rd., turn right on Munger and you will come to Houston’s strangest sight, the Orange Show. Built by a local postal worker as a monument to his beloved oranges and to general “right living,” it’s really... something. https://goo.gl/maps/cMCHMrwtvrmjCapdA
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The Orange Show
2402 Munger Street
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Coming out of the bridge or parking lot area onto Memorial, turn right at the lights and enter I-45 South towards Galveston. Exiting at Telephone Rd., turn right on Munger and you will come to Houston’s strangest sight, the Orange Show. Built by a local postal worker as a monument to his beloved oranges and to general “right living,” it’s really... something. https://goo.gl/maps/cMCHMrwtvrmjCapdA
Just down the street is Smither Park, a sculpture park built by local artists. https://goo.gl/maps/4CVRwTyoYdicu3Jj9
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Smither Park
2402 Munger St
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Just down the street is Smither Park, a sculpture park built by local artists. https://goo.gl/maps/4CVRwTyoYdicu3Jj9
Going back up to the feeder road, turn right and then right on Telephone Rd., and go a few miles down to Hobby Airport to see the historic art deco 1940 Air Terminal Museum. https://goo.gl/maps/si9umfuPd96bSZWp8
1940 Air Terminal Museum
8325 Travelair St
Going back up to the feeder road, turn right and then right on Telephone Rd., and go a few miles down to Hobby Airport to see the historic art deco 1940 Air Terminal Museum. https://goo.gl/maps/si9umfuPd96bSZWp8