GQ Magazine Coins Houston the "New Capital of Southern Cool" ...
via GQ, 'We’ve been hearing the buzz for a few years now:Houstonmay, sneakily, be America’s best food city. But when we sent GQ food critic Brett Martin to dive into the scene, we realized that was selling the city way short.'
Houston, on the other hand, has remained for many—including plenty of people who were raised there—a kind of empty image. There's NASA. There's oil. There's the Galleria—the 2.4-million-square-foot shopping mall that is practically its own city-state.
Beyond that, not much: a sterile, sun-blasted, multi-laned landscape of concrete, strip malls, and glass, the very vision of air-conditioned American anomie. When the cry went out, on T-shirts and bumper stickers, to KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD, part of the implicit message was to keep Austinnot like Houston.