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GQ calls Houston the new capital of ‘Southern Cool’

Posted: 2:49 PM, Aug 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-24 17:48:41-04

Maybe they’ve grown weary of the hipsters at Barton Springs in Austin.

Or too many designer restaurants or craft breweries at the Pearl in San Antonio.

Or they might just never have visited Fort Davis and Marfa in far West Texas.

But GQ has made an interesting pronouncement, terming Houston as its “ New Capital of Southern Coo l.”

In the process, author Brett Martin learned that “The Space City” is more than merely a town of big hair, big malls and even bigger football collapses over the years. It’s also an emerging food city.

“Not only of a cool city but of a city that was cool in a way that wasn’t just another replication of Brooklyn built in some reclaimed industrial downtown (for one thing, Houston doesn’t really have one),” Martin said.

Martin visited Chinese restaurants and chicken-fried steak palaces. He even met “The Bookity, Bookity Boudain Man.”

His report reads like a foodie’s version of an emerging, untapped potential center of Texas cuisine.

The folks in Austin and San Antonio couldn’t be happier that another city is receiving some publicity.