Neighborhoods Crash Course + The ORIGINAL

Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S., which means that life in Houston can be very different depending on which neighborhood you live in. Inside the loop or outside? North or south? Downtown or uptown? When you’re still trying to figure out just how to get from one end of town to the other, it can be nearly impossible to know where you want to live in this great city.

To make things easier, I’m going to dedicate a series of posts outlining all the must-know information about the neighborhoods inside the loop. I’ll cover details such as:

  • what makes the neighborhood unique
  • benefits to living in that neighborhood
  • amenities
  • restaurants
  • services
  • nightlife
  • history
  • and more

Hopefully, you can use these posts, which will be highlighted on the tool bar to the right, to determine where you want to call home in Houston and immerse yourself in the other parts of the city. Look for upcoming posts covering the following inner loop neighborhoods:

  • The Heights
  • Galleria/Uptown
  • Montrose/Museum District
  • Rice Village
  • River Oaks/Upper Kirby
  • Downtown
  • Midtown
  • The Medical Center

There are things to love and enjoy about each one, so I know you can find the right Houston neighborhood for your career, family and lifestyle. And with my help, I know you can find the right apartment. So tune in soon for one of my favorite Houston neighborhoods (and everyone else’s, apparently): The Heights!

Now, on to other delicious Houston tidbits. In honor of Cinco de Mayo (yes, I know that was a week ago, I’m still adjusting to the fact that it’s already MAY), I think it’s only appropriate to mention THE ORIGINAL. By this glorious title, I refer to the un-matched Mama Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant.

You’ve probably seen Ninfa’s restaurants in airports, malls, and other stand-alones around the state. But you might not know that the ORIGINAL Ninfa’s is right here in Houston. Yes, Ninfa’s on Navigation is where it all started and it’s really the best place to have your first Ninfa’s experience.

The story of Ninfa’s is a true Houston success story. Mama Ninfa was a financially struggling widow when she opened the restaurant in 1973. The business soon exploded and she became a national treasure with many restaurants around the country.

Ninfa Laurenzo passed away in 2001 and her funeral was attended by thousands. But her original restuarant on Navigation is still the center of Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine in the city. The executive chef is even the son of one of Mama Ninfa’s original employees.

Definitely try the carnitas tacos and the deadly Ninfarita. Just not on your lunch break, if you know what I mean.

Located just east of Midtown, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is located at:
2704 Navigation Boulvard
Houston, Texas

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