Ray?s Gourmet Country?s culinary team is so dedicated to building a seasonal menu from the produce and meats raised near the Fulshear restaurant that Inside Rose-Rich Magazine noted, ?There are no can openers at Ray?s, with everything being delivered fresh from the local markets.? If the hunt for dinner leads you here, you'll be rewarded with crispy buttermilk calamari, seared foie gras, and main courses such as chicken-fried ostrich, rosemary grilled pork chop, and crispy juniper duck confit. Desserts include pumpkin cheesecake with house blackberry marmalade and light cinnamon beignets with baked apples and Calvados ice cream. Ray's rolls out a brunch buffet every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and schedules live jazz and complimentary wine tastings on Thursday nights.
Bistro 829's chefs create modern variations of familiar, homestyle staples by incorporating an assortment of regional and international flavors. Corn grits lend a distinctive Southern twist to the sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna entree, and the signature chicken-fried prime rib comes coated with cream gravy with a uniquely Southwestern-style blend of bacon and poblano peppers. Bartenders spend their evenings mixing specialty cocktails and uncorking bottles of wine to complement entrees and make sure they're prepared in case their crush wants to play spin the bottle.
Beyond the eclectically inspired menu, the dining room embraces a more casual elegance with its décor. Crisp cloths cover the tables, animal-print fabrics adorn the seats, and the walls remain blank to accentuate abstract paintings of jazz ensembles that circle the room.
The aroma of fresh cilantro mingles with slow-cooked pork, grilled tequila-lime chicken, and sautéed tilapia as it wafts through the archways of the spacious dining area and onto a covered outdoor patio lined with rustic wooden tables. Severs deliver Mexican mainstays, such as burrito locos smothered with chili con queso, alongside inventive dishes, such as seafood enchiladas with fresh shrimp and crab smothered in a white-wine cream sauce and served with a side of cilantro-lime rice. Behind the dark-wood bar adorned with flat-screen TVs, servers shake up margaritas with fresh pineapple and coconut to the tune of live music performances and Latin beats on weekly salsa nights.
After honing her skill and chef's knife at two of her restaurants in Iowa, Yong's Asian Fusion & Sushi owner Yong Kolkman set her sights on Houston, eager to blend Chinese-Korean cuisine with the steak-and-burger fare of southeast Texas. The menu unites the Far East, Midwest, and Deep South. Iowa-style breaded-pork sandwiches, Japanese Teriyaki dishes, zesty General Tso's chicken, sushi, and chicken-fried steak are just a few of the offerings. The space evokes a rustic, roadhouse vibe, with corrugated metal walls peppered with Texas flags, Houston sports posters, and shrines to Sam Elliott's mustache.
Dickey?s Barbecue Pit has smoked beef brisket in-house nearly every night since 1941, painting each morsel with a tangy housemade sauce. Pulled pork, turkey breast, and polish sausage round out the menu with meals that are heartier than a burrito wrapped in Paul Bunyan?s plaid shirt. Boxed lunches and catered buffets brim with homestyle sides such as coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, and jalape?o beans. Once the last pickle has been crunched and the last finger has been licked, guests can savor one of the restaurant?s most cherished traditions: a vanilla cone, on the house.
La Generala Mexican Grill & Cantina’s chefs create a menu of authentic Mexican specialties, including favorites such as burritos and tacos with a Texan spin. Enchiladas are top sellers—try the ones that come smothered in red sauce and cecina (thinly sliced, grilled steak)—as are the fajitas, which feature beef, chicken, and shrimp. When the weather's nice, you can take your meal and margarita to the outdoor patio. There's a soccer field next to the eatery and a playground, too, making La Generala a fun place to bring the kids or David Beckham.