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Conspicuous consumption is a natural part of the Super Bowl. So much so, most of us aren't even thinking about how to score a deal. So we thought of it for you. As part of Game City Showcase, Houstonia's team has curated a list of some of our favorite places in Midtown, the Theater District, EaDo and Museum Park, and asked each of those eateries to give you something for free.

Yes, free. Those samplings range from chicha morada, empanadas and ceviche at Andes Café to chicken bites at Dak & Bop. Restaurants are even open at special times just to serve you—Fluff Bake Bar is usually closed on Monday evenings.

So how do you have your cake and eat it, too? Just show a screen from your Gastronaut app at your restaurant of choice, then enjoy your sample. Don't have it yet? Download Gastronaut in the App Store or in Google Play now. Happy snacking!

Monday Munchies in Midtown, January 30, 6-9 p.m.

Touchdown Tuesday in Theater District, January 31, 6-9 p.m. 

Winning Wednesday in EADO, February 1, 6-9 p.m.

Thirsty Thursday in Museum Park, February 2, 6-9 p.m.

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Editor’s Pick

Lucky's Pub

bar 801 St. Emanuel

Axelrad Beer Garden

Beer, Dog-Friendly, Ice House, Outdoor Patio 1517 Alabama St.

This sprawling beer garden attached to Luigi's Pizzeria is famous for one thing: its massive, open-air, tree-shaded "hammock grove." But even on not-so-nice ...

Reggae Hut

$$ Caribbean, Jamaican 4814 Almeda Road

Murals by Houston artist Tierney Malone create island vibes even on days when there’s no live music. Upon tasting the food, it’s no surprise Breakfast Klub o...


$$ Creole, Southern 5512 La Branch St.

Named in honor of Texas culinary legend Lucille B. Smith, the restaurant run by her great-grandson—chef Chris Williams—turns out a whole fried yardbird (at d...

Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

$$ Cajun, Seafood 4611 Montrose Blvd.

Ahh, Coffee

$ Café 2018 Rusk St.

The friendly baristas and comfortable environment makes this EADO coffee shop a welcome addition to the ever-blossoming neighborhood. The pastries are locall...

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El Big Bad

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex 419 Travis St.

This "gastrocantina" is known for its creative tequila infusions—you'll find everything from churro and strawberry to beef jerky and habanero (both of which ...

Batanga Tapas + Drinks

$$$ Latin 908 Congress Ave.

At Batanga, standouts include oxtail mole and duck confit tostadas at dinner and the chilaquiles and vanilla pancakes at brunch on the weekends. Spanish beer...

Editor’s Pick

La Fisheria

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex, Seafood 213 Milam St.

By day, La Fisheria’s vivid ceviches and equally vivid dining room evoke a breezy vacation spent in Veracruz. At night, the lights dim and the coastal Mexica...

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Midtown BBQ

$$ Barbecue 2708 Bagby St.

Pitmaster Brett Jackson and chef Eric Aldis join forces on a menu of conventional eats done unconventionally such as honey-ancho brined chicken, and uncommon...

Cyclone Anaya’s

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex Multiple Locations

Cyclone Anaya’s is famous for its diet cocktails, including the Weightless Mojito and Sinless Strawberry Mint Mojito—both made with Monin O’Free gourmet suga...

Rico’s Morning + Noon + Night

$ American/New American, Hamburgers 401 Gray St.

From breakfast tacos and fresh-squeezed OJ for breakfast to Tex-Mex-inspired burgers and hot dogs at lunch and dinner, Rico's Morning + Noon + Night knows wh...


$$$ Japanese 318 Gray St.

Thanks to chef Manabu Horiuchi’s partnership with chef Jean-Philippe Gaston, the eatery boasts interesting Japanese-by-way-of-Houston fusion dishes—chicken-f...

Editor’s Pick

Luigi’s Pizzeria

$ Pizza Multiple Locations

Midtown’s most beloved family-run pizzeria also has a location in Bellaire, where you’ll find the same friendly faces and generous BYOB policy (no corkage fe...

Editor’s Pick

Edgar's Hermano

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex, Southern 1700 Smith St.

The slogan is "Buen provecho, y'all" at the Whitehall hotel's Southern-Mexican hybrid. Chef Silvia Covarrubias balances her flavors like a gymnast, flipping ...

Glitter Karaoke

American/New American, Barbecue 2621 Milam St.

This popular spot hosts nightly sing-alongs where brave Houstonians take the stage. Not a natural performer? After a little liquid courage in the form of a c...

Editor’s Pick

Fluff Bake Bar

$$ Dessert 314 Gray St.

There’s a friendly look to Fluff Bake Bar, owing to its space—as light and airy as a meringue—and the small milk bottles full of daisies that top its tables....

Editor’s Pick

Dak & Bop

$$ Korean 1801 Binz St., Suite 120

This is one of the only places inside the Loop where you can consistently find Korean fried chicken—which makes sense, as KFC is their specialty. What makes ...

Editor’s Pick

Andes Cafe

$$ Peruvian 2311 Canal St

Chef David Guerrero may be from Ecuador, but it’s Peruvian food that’s his passion—a fact that’s amply displayed at his charming East End restaurant, Andes C...