Lance McCullers shares Houston restaurants to visit during COVID-19 outbreak

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Astros pitcher Lance McCullers is showing fans how to be Houston strong during the recent COVID-19 crisis.

With the sudden closures bars and restaurants in Houston, the All-Star pitcher took to social media in hopes to encourage Houston residents to patronize area food places with the hashtag, #eatlocal.

McCullers posted a series of pictures showcasing Riel, which is said to be one of his favorite eateries around town where he and his wife hang out.

Since the pandemic, Riel has become a to-go only restaurant with curbside pickup from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. They're also offering a $15 gift card for future dine-in use.

McCullers made the commitment to continue highlighting restaurants that he enjoys and sharing them on his Instagram.

"Starting tomorrow am in an effort to support Houston's local restaurants I will highlight some of my favorite spots in Houston!! These restaurants are AMAZING and their staff is too," he wrote. "They need our support now more than ever!! I look forward to sharing some of my favorite spots with you in hopes that you #eatlocal!!!"

The video above is from a previous story.

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