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Now You Know: The top food trends popping up in Houston

There are so many options for foodies in Houston, it’s hard to keep up!

HOUSTON — Houston is getting a lot of national recognition for our food scene. There are so many options for foodies, it’s hard to keep up!

Here are three of the top food trends popping up in Houston right now.


The poke trend is hard to miss. Poke restaurants are practically on every corner. They serve diced fish over rice or greens. Houston’s first brick and mortar restaurant is Ono Poke on Richmond.

“Everything is light, easy, and you don’t feel bloated or sluggish after eating it. I think it fits everyone’s diet. Also, it’s tasty,” said Jim Nguyen, co-owner of Ono Poke. “Everyone is looking at eating healthier now, so people try to live longer instead of eating all red meat.”

Meatless meat

Impossible Foods is behind the plant-based burger patty sweeping the country. It looks and tastes like beef, but it’s intended to be a sustainable alternative to the real thing. Hopdoddy was the first restaurant to partner with Impossible Foods. 

Now they sell 4,000 Impossible Burgers a week in the Houston area alone. White Castle and Burger King are adding impossible burgers to their menus now too.

“If I handed you that burger on July 4, we’re hanging out and I say, 'Try this burger for me.' You’d never know it wasn’t beef and it’s that freaking cool,” said Tony Polichino, general manager of Vintage Park and Heights Hopdoddy locations.

CBD-infused everything

CBD is a molecule of the cannabis plant that doesn’t get you high, but people say it helps a host of ailments. 

Houston’s first CBD coffee shop just opened, but CBD businesses are in the suburbs, too. It’s TBD if CBD is just a trend or a new staple.