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(HOUSTON) — NEWS 92 FM  is putting together its own guide to the Bayou City, based on our listeners’ suggestions.

When complete, ‘Hidden Houston’ will include 92 unique things to do and see in and around Houston.

NEWS 92 FM’s Kevin Charles reports:


Our current list is up to 84 places to go and things to see, but we know there are plenty of others.  We are looking for things that are not necessarily on the major tourist brochures.

Our first featured spot on ‘Hidden Houston’ is the Last Concert Cafe.

It is a place you really have to know about in order to even find, because there is no sign indicating that you have arrived at the combination Mexican restaurant and concert venue.

All you’ll find at 1403 Nance is an ordinary looking red and white house with a stucco building attached.


Last Concert Cafe (Credit: Facebook Photo)

Some tell us the original business, which started in 1949, may not have been exclusively serving food if you get my drift.  To paraphrase a famous musical about the Chicken Ranch in La Grange, there was ‘nothin’ dirty going on.’

For a while, there was no doorknob on the outside of the red door that served as the entryway.  Patrons had to know to knock 2 times on the door to be allowed inside.

NEWS 92 FM listener Al Henson tells us he’s enjoyed some great musical guests from time to time at the Last Concert Cafe and on occasion has run into a celebrity or two including members of that “Little OlBand from TexasZZ Top.

Think you have something to add to our list?  Call our NEWS 92 FM Talk Back Line at (832) 848-0092 and let us know about it.

‘Hidden Houston’ List

(Thanks to dozens of Facebook followers who let us know their favorite spots!)

  1. Last Concert Café
  2. Houston Area Live Steamers in Hockley
  3. Texans Training Camp
  4. Hermann Park train
  5. Market Square Park
  6. Buffalo Bayou by boat, bike or kayak
  7. Space Center Houston
  8. The Orange Show
  9. The Beer Can House
  10. Mt. Rush Hour,  The Beatles Statues – Artwork by David Addickes
  11. Lakewood Church, the largest church in America;
  12. The Printing Museum
  13. Alley Theatre
  14. La Carafe, the oldest bar in Houston.
  15. Warren’s on Market Square, the place to go for a real martini.
  16. Ghost tours downtown & the Heights
  17. Gerald D. Hines Water Wall Park
  18. Japanese Gardens of Hermann Park (you’ll swear your’e in Japan)
  19. San Jacinto Monument
  20. Battleship Texas
  21. Sea wolf Park
  22. Museum of Fine Arts
  23. The Original Greek Fest in Montrose. OPA!
  24. Minute Maid Park – Astros game.
  25. Pappa’s restaurants
  26. Goode Co. Seafood or BBQ
  27. The Rodeo
  28. Dinner at the Original Ninfa’s
  29. Kemah Boardwalk
  30. St. Arnold Brewing
  31. Tour the Hogg family’s house
  32. The Houston Zoo
  33. Texas prison museum and old sparky in Huntsville
  34. Cemetery tours Glenwood Cemetery where Howard Hughes is buried.
  35. The Galleria
  36. Tour Rice’s campus
  37. The Houston Ballet
  38. Shipley Donuts north Main @ 45 about 4am .. regular glazed fresh from the fryer
  39. The Wortham theater, HGO-Houston Grand Opera performance,
  40. Lancaster Hotel at Christmas time
  41. Buffalo Soldier Museum
  42. Herman Park Golf course
  43. Mexican food at the Don-key (be sure to order the “QUESO A LA PARILLA”, I think they still make it at the table?),
  44. Vietnamese food at Kim-Son,
  45. Stomping Divots at the Houston Polo Club!
  46. Catch a show at the Mucky Duck
  47. Go to Club Numbers
  48. Traders Village
  49. The Tunnels in downtown
  50. The Undertaker Challenge at the CajunStop
  51. Gardens of Bayou Bend
  52. Strand in Galveston
  53. The Astrodome
  54. Historic Celestial Suites on the top floor of the Crowne Plaza across from the astrodome.. Formerly the Astroworld hotel.
  55. Art Car parade
  56. Boat Tour of the ship channel
  57. Tour University of Houston and the new U of H stadium
  58. Chinatown
  59. Discovery Green
  60. Sacred Heart Cathedral
  61. River Oaks
  62. Rainbow Lodge
  63. Morton’s
  64. Tony’s
  65. Hong Kong Market
  66. Museum of Natural Science
  67. George Ranch Historical Park
  68. Ruggles Green
  69. the Police Memorial
  70. Goode Co. Taquaria. Beef fajitas!
  71. a metro rail ride from the Belfort stop… downtown and back
  72. Comicpalooza!
  73. Skate around downtown with the Urban Animals.
  74. Ice Skating in Discovery Green during the holidays.
  75. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Griff’s or The Mucky Duck.
  76. Watch The Battle of the Bands during halftime of a TSU v PVAMU football game.
  77. Watch a performance of The MOB during halftime of a Rice football game, especially if the opponent is either Texas or a&m.
  78. The Funeral museum
  79. Spindletop (rotating restaurant in Hyatt Downtown)
  80. Holocaust Museum
  81. Bike through town with Critical Mass
  82. Do the Rice U Undies Run (AKA Hot Undies Run)
  83. White Linen Night in the Heights
  84. Rocket Park – NASA



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