The majestic El Bolillo location on Wayside Drive eliminates the parking lot hassles of the busier spot on Airline Drive, leaving you more time to peruse the pastry cases full of every pan dulce imaginable: churros, fresh-from-the-griddle tortillas, crumbly cinnamon-laced ojarrascas and, of course, all the hot little bolillos you desire.
Multiple locations, elbolillo.com
B&W Meat Company
The meat that’s cut to order here represents every culture of the Gulf Coast: Oxtails and fajitas are ready for cooking, along with rarely seen meats such as turtle, frogs’ legs and alligator. Game sausages are smoked in-house, and for special occasions, you can’t beat the turducken and crawfish pie.
4801 N. Shepherd Dr., bwmeatcompany.com
Best Local Farm
Plant It Forward
It doesn’t get more local than this network of four urban farms, which not only provide the city with hyper-fresh produce but help economically disadvantaged refugees earn a living wage. Buy from any location during farm stand hours or from five area farmers markets, or head to Oxheart, benjy’s, Dish Society or Coltivare, all of which use PIF’s fresh fruits and veggies.
Best Grocery Store Corridor
Blalock between I-10 and Campbell
Four of our favorite grocery stores, international and otherwise, line this lucky stretch of Spring Branch. Below, where to go and what to look for.
9480 Long Point Rd. supermercadosteloloapan.com
What you'll find there: marinated fajitas, fresh tortillas, pan dulces, in-house taqueria
1780 Blalock Rd., poloniarestaurant.com
What you'll find there: house-cured kabanosy, ample varieties of pierogi, more pickled products than you can imagine
99 Ranch Market
1005 Blalock Rd., 99ranch.com
What you'll find there: vast seafood section, the city’s best Vietnamese crawfish, Chinese pastries
Super H Mart
1302 Blalock Rd., hmart.com
What you'll find there: massive Korean food court, killer produce, amazing kimchi selection