One of the greatest, and most maddening, things about Houston is its constant evolution. What we love today, in many instances, may be gone tomorrow. On the other hand, there are exciting changes on the horizon for our shape-shifting metropolis we simply cannot yet imagine. We kept this in mind while exhaustively researching (and debating) our very favorite things in Houston, as of August 2016—new and old, ephemeral and eternal. Taken together, they form a snapshot of this place where we live, right now. We hope you venture forth, Houstonia in hand, to experience them all, while this issue’s hot in your hands.