Houston is magical in spring and summer, and there's nothing better than enjoying a meal or drink outside. Here are the 4 best shops to find your favorite foods, snacks and picnic essentials and to enjoy the warm weather.
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If you’re looking for mouthwatering prepared foods made with high-quality ingredients on the go, this is your new favorite spot. Not only is it convenient, but its extensive assortment of delicious entrees, salads, side dishes, homemade bread, dips and decadent desserts are to die for. Order a menu made just for you for any special occasion through its catering services or stop by and pick up premade dishes to bring right onto your table. Take advantage of the market’s sandwich and salad boxed lunches, which are ideal for picnicking; you pick the perfect spot, and Tres Market has you covered. 12699 Memorial Drive, 713.365.0722, tresmarketfoods.com
Calling all foodies! Find your favorite international products (a cheese lover’s holy grail), savor pastries and desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth, and curate the perfect assortment for your next picnic spread. Its to-go-style platters are perfect for any occasion, as well as its specialty boxes (over 20 varieties to choose from) ranging from hot boxes filled with Mediterranean delicacies like shawarma and falafel pita wraps to salads and even breakfast boxes. Explore the menu and learn more about its to-go finger foods, side dishes, entrees and main dishes. Curbside, delivery and takeout are available. 12141 Westheimer Road, 281.558.8225, phoeniciafoods.com
Enjoy exquisite charcuterie boards from Graze, filled with your choice of cheeses, meats, fruits, sweets and more. PHOTO BY: LA CONCEPTS
With a perfect spot to unwind at its quaint patio, this Montrose gem offers a wide array of artisan cheeses and meats to be paired with its impressive selections of fine wines from all around the globe. Grab your blanket and fill your basket, or you can take advantage of the personalized charcuterie boards and carefully crafted boxes that include sandwich of the day, chips and drink of choice, making it ideal for your next picnic outing. In a rush? Don’t despair; the store offers curbside pickup and local delivery. 1618 Westheimer Road, 832.380.2461, montrosecheeseandwine.com
Become the hostess with the mostess at your next event. The small business creates and delivers edible works of art through curating the most exquisite charcuterie boards filled with your choice of cheeses, meats, veggies, fruits, sweets—you name it. Enjoy freshly baked breads, artisanal honey and other sides for a day in the great outdoors, perfect for on the go. 713.997.0604, grazehtx.com
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