If you’re reading this, it’s too late—Dallas and Fort Worth have invaded Houston. Over the past year, restaurants and bars from the Metroplex have planted their flags across Space City, promising everything from lobster rolls to rainbow-hued margaritas, with more on the way. We could get mad about it, but hey, why not show these folks how friendly we Houstonians really are? Because while our neighbors to the north like everything really big, we’ve mastered being the bigger person. We’re rolling out the red carpet for these arrivals:

The Rustic

  • Opened: October 2018
  • Why it’s so them: This bar, entertainment venue, and restaurant is ginormous, and DFW is fixated on size.
  • Why it’s so us: It’s like an ice house turned up to 11, with a robust beer list and Instagram-worthy frozen cocktails.
  • Why we love it: Free, live music every night.
  • When you should visit: On a warm winter evening, when it’s 40 degrees up north. (Ouch.)

East Hampton Sandwich Co.

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  • Opened: December 2018
  • Why it’s so them: After 30 years, this pizza place finally wants to see what Bayou City’s about.
  • Why it’s so us: The hockey-rink-shaped pies are uniquely delicious, just like Houston-centric cuisine.
  • Why we love it: The pizzeria gives back to charities like the Humane Society and Special Olympics Texas.
  • When you should visit: Before watching the Astros play the Rangers, reportedly another baseball team.

America Gardens

  • Opening: This Spring
  • Why it’s so them: 10,000 square feet of outdoor space and American everything—it’s the Cowboys of beer gardens.
  • Why it’s so us: A menu that plucks delicacies from every corner of our nation (cheesesteaks, barbecue ribs, po-boys).
  • Why we’ll love it: Look, ma! It’s a giant patio with drinks, live music, and bar food.
  • When you should visit: When you want to crush all the beers, because ’Merica!
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