A beautiful, well-stocked gourmet food store in the snazzy Highland Village area, about midway between tres-gay Montrose and the tony Galleria, Central Market
(3815 Westheimer Rd.
, 713-386-1700) is ground-zero for food lovers in search of epicurean treasures, from hard-to-find cheeses and charcuterie to super-fresh produce, fine chocolates, and rich coffee beans. Of course, the aisles are a fun place to meet cute fellow shoppers. The luxe division of the statewide H-E-B grocery chain, Central Market has several other branches around Houston as well as in Dallas, Plano, San Antonio, and Austin.