Nikoz Fusion Grill's cooks fill their kitchen with aromas from sizzling mediterranean kabobs, Indian spices from the baking samosas, and the subtle peanut scent from the drizzle of sauce over the asian salads. Blending flavors and dishes from the Mediterranean, Greece, and Asia, the chefs craft savory gyro sandwiches alongside beef short ribs with special spices and fresh hummus. In addition to dine-in meals, they also fill trays with fusion cuisine for catered events such as birthday parties, retirement lunches, and retiring from the birthday-party circuit.
Mint Spice Bistro's made-to-order dishes are lovingly blended with fresh ingredients and spices for fusion-filled flavorful entrees. Start by appointing one of Mint's dinner appetizers—such as flaky samosas ($5–$7) and ginger- and garlic-seasoned lamb kebabs ($8)—as ambassador to your mouth, granting it diplomatic immunity to assassinate hunger pains and double agents at will. Afterwards, treat tongue buds to succulent broiled-salmon tandoori ($14), fiery curry vindaloo ($12–$15), and the decadent korma, a three-part harmony of almond, cashew, and pistachio cream sauce with garlic, lemon, and naan ($10 for vegetables, $12 for chicken, $14 for lamb). Pair dishes with sides such as jalapeño and goat-cheese naan ($3.50) and the daal makhani, a combo of gently simmered black lentils cooked with tomatoes, cilantro, and a touch of cream ($6).
A lifetime in the kitchen informs the menus of Mia Bella Trattoria Sugar Land's owner and head chef Youssef Nafaa, a native of Morocco who has been honing his craft in stateside restaurants since 1988. After toiling his way up from busboy in Chicago to culinary consultant in Houston, Youssef opened the first branch of Mia Bella on Main Street in 1998, promising "Italian food with a twist." Today, the bistro has budded into a quartet of fine-dining establishments. In 2011, the Houston Press awarded the restaurant Best Brunch Restaurant for its Mediterranean-fusion take on the popular hybridized meal and its "'bottomless' mimosas and bellinis; exceptional service that puts you in a good mood even mid-hangover; tall windows that stream sunlight into the dining room; and, of course, delicious food."
The original Ragin' Cajun joint opened in 1974, treating visitors to hearty po' boys, red beans and rice, and authentic Louisiana boiled crawfish. Today, visitors make the pilgrimage to one of five area locations, including the Woodlands location, newly-opened in 2014, plopping down at tables to sup on meals of Gulf Coast shrimp and crab, gumbos, rib eye, and homemade bread pudding. The intense flavors and cuisine of southwestern Louisiana unfold in a dining room decked with vintage signage, college-sports memorabilia, and buzzing neon. Ragin' Cajun also keeps customers in the know with a Craw Club and can customize catering packages for off-site Acadian feasts, filling banquet halls with food, DJs, and live zydeco bands.