The Whistle Stop Café halts hunger throughout the day with hot, homemade meals. Taking an old-fashioned approach toward food, the restaurant plates up classic comfort eats, including all-day breakfast favorites: fluffy pancakes and buttermilk waffles. More savory options include chicken fried steak, pulled pork baskets, and meaty entrees served with such sides as mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.
Seven years ago, Rico's Mexican Grill brought its brand of Tex-Mex to The Woodlands. Today it boasts five locations throughout the region as well as a family of 400 employees. Together, the staff members adhere to the original restaurant's high standards for fine Mexican cuisine with a local twist. In their family-oriented eateries adorned in classic Texas decor, such as Matthew McConaughey's searing gaze, they serve a menu of enchiladas, tacos, and sizzling fajitas. The fajitas are especially a source of pride. They marinate the meat in a secret sauce for 24 hours and serve the grilled morsels with housemade tortillas. Aside from traditional Tex-Mex entrees, they grill enticing fare such as quail and red snapper. To compliment their dishes, they mix mean margaritas and cocktails and fill glasses with imported and domestic beers and wines amid frequent live entertainment.
Winner of 13th place for the 50 Best Burgers in Texas by Texas Monthly, the team of chefs at Burger Fresh crafts classic diner fare from poboy sandwiches and thick malts to burgers made from wild game or certified Angus beef. Its wide range of wild-game choices includes buffalo and elk, and Burger Fresh further sets itself apart from typical counter fare by serving bottomless fries, tater tots, or homemade onion rings with each burger-basket order. Southern-inspired appetizers include sweet-corn nuggets and crispy fried-pickle chips sprinkled with parmesan cheese, adding appeal to veggies more efficiently than gold-plating a head of lettuce. Burger Fresh also features Blue Bell ice cream in a wide variety of flavors.
RC’s Pizza satisfies patrons with a palate-pleasing menu of sumptuous New York–style pizza, pasta, subs, and salads. The restaurant's staple, an 18-inch NY Giant pizza ($13.50 plus $1.75 for each topping) treats tongue buds to a taste of the Big Apple without the hassle of licking Times Square. All disk-shaped digestibles are forged from the kitchen's fresh-made pizza dough, such as the pepperoni- and italian-sausage-laden Sluggo pie ($18.75 for 18") or the white pie ($17 for 18"), which substitutes RC's house-made sauce with a blissful blend of ricotta, mozzarella, and soft mood lighting. RC's lasagna ($8.95) and jumbo meat or cheese ravioli ($8.95) hoist the banner for pillowy pastas, and the meaty, 8-inch Italiano sub silences gossiping bellies with genoa salami, provolone cheese, and a side of chips ($7.50). Greens lovers may graze upon a spicy antipasto, greek, caesar, or chef salad ($5.79 for a full order) drizzled with one of RC's four house-made dressings and Mother Nature's happy tears.
Voted by KHOU 11 viewers one of the 11 Best Italian Restaurants in the Houston Area, Pallotta's Italian Grill transforms famished throat streams into flourishing culinary canals with a menu stocked with gourmet gondolas of savory Italian cuisine. Start supper with the zuppa and salad ($7.29), which gives gourmands a choice of Pallotta's minestrone or creamy tomato basil soup, as well as either a cut green dinner salad or Ceasar salad. Reminisce about days when the earth was flat and covered in toppings with a selection of pizzas ($8.29-$10.99) or partake in sandwiches ($8.99) for midday snacking. Seafood swarmed dishes such as shrimp marsala with creamy marsala wine sauce, amber butter, portobello mushrooms, and angel-hair pasta ($19.99), convert the stomach into the famously appetizing Italian Barrier Reef, while lasagna Bolognese ($9.99) and eggplant parmesan ($13.99) represent Italian classics. Filling out the menu are decadent desserts with Weight Watcher–friendly entrees for competing over the highly coveted human appetite.