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.
Chef Andrew Carlisle is living the dream at Cafe N'Dulge. Hailing from California, he spent time as a restaurateur and executive chef in New Orleans, then moved to Houston to head up kitchens in several hotels. He always envisioned running a restaurant and catering company, though, and that's exactly what he's doing at Cafe N'Dulge. It's one part catering business, one part café—and both are boons to the hungry. On the café side, you get shrimp po' boys with fries or fruit, and Santa Fe burgers topped with roasted green chili, pepper jack cheese, and baja sauce. Andrew's creativity flavors his catering menu, too, which includes breakfast buffets, pasta bars, and build-your-own meals that erase all memories of sad bag lunches past.
Seven years ago Rico's Mexican Grill brought their brand of Tex-Mex to The Woodlands. Today they boast five locations throughout the region as well as a family of 400 employees. Together, the staff adheres 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 homemade 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.
Great Harvest Bread Company’s bakers craft a heart-healthy assortment of whole-grain breads and baked goods using freshly ground flour. Each month, a newly designed menu allows the team to employ the season's freshest ingredients and harvest the warmest loaves from bread-bearing trees, including cinnamon-raisin-walnut swirl, white chocolate cranberry swirl, and Mediterranean olive loaves.
Begin your culinary journey with an order of spring rolls or cheese rolls, stuffed with raisin-studded rice paper and deep-fried (both $4.25). Classic dishes done well appease traditionalists, including spicy Tom Yum soup ($4.25–$5.25), pad Thai ($8.95), pad see eiw ($8.95), and five kinds of curry ($8.95–$9.95). Build a balanced meal with the entree and rice dishes including garlic and pepper lover ($8.95) with stir-fried meat tossed in black pepper sauce over cabbage. Diners can also pick from grilled selections ($10.95–$12.95), served with shrimp fried rice and steamed veggies. Cool off a spice-saturated palate with a sweet scoop of coconut ice cream ($3.50) for dessert. Expect friendly service, carefully curated curry, and a cozy ambiance at any of the eight outposts. Like the recipe for Play-Doh, Thai Cottage adheres to simple, timeless standards.
Homemade dough soars from the hands of the pizza gurus at DoubleDave's Pizzaworks before it bathes in from-scratch sauce and dresses in gourmet toppings. The menu collects more than 15 toppings to shower over pies, from sliced meatball and smoked ham to crushed garlic. Specialty disk, The Works ($15.99), plays a medley of locally sourced cured meats, mushrooms, and smoked provolone cheese, and the classic veggie ($15.99) takes a stand for sustainable eating and cows' valuable roles as attentive listeners with a hailstorm of black olives, italian sweet peppers, and honey whole-wheat crust. Guests can also craft a salad from the salad bar, where 16 toppings graze freely.