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What Is Houston’s Signature Food?

Chicago has deep dish pizza. Philadelphia has cheesesteaks. What’s ours?

Are tacos al carbon (aka fajitas) Houston’s signature food? They were popularized by the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, whose beef fajitas are pictured here.


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Many major cities are known for a particular signature food. Chicago has deep dish pizza. Philadelphia has cheesesteaks. St. Louis has toasted ravioli.

And while, yes, we have Tex-Mex in Houston and kolaches, and great barbecue, and great steakhouses, none of that is specifically unique to Greater Houston.

In short, it would seem Houston doesn’t have a signature food. Or do we? But we should. So let’s pick one.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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