Known for its award-winning margaritas, Don Julio’s also wins guests over at several Texas locations with a variety of Mexican specialties, including guacamole made tableside. The chefs take pride in using fresh chicken, housemade chipotle sauce, seafood bought fresh at local Kemah markets, and a hearty amount of beans and avocado to flavor dishes. Entrees take their names from various Mexican cities, such as the Puerto Vallarta—a combination of enchiladas, tacos, tamales, and puffed chili con queso.
The chefs at Nick's Pizza and Gelato hand toss each of the restaurant's Brooklyn-style pizzas, which crown a menu that includes pastas, paninis, and calzones. They also scoop out gelato for dessert or to help guests celebrate a special occasion, such as opening their own ice-cream parlor. This mix of hot and cold treats is available seven days a week, whether you'd like to measure a meat lover's pizza's meatiness in the shop or dine on homemade garlic bread and lasagna at home.
For more than 25 years, Sudie's has entertained taste receptors seven days a week with Southern home cooking for lunch and dinner. Both menus sprinkle themselves with individuality, but you'll mostly find succulent selections of golden-battered cuisine. Tantalize your watering chops by destroying starters such as the fried green tomatoes ($4.99) and Texas toothpicks, crispy fried slices of jalapeños and onions ($4.99). Once your pre-meal ordeal is complete, move on to Sudie's assortment of seafood, steakfood, and chickenfood. Make the world your waterway with Sudie's catfish connection, boasting an endless supply of all-you-can-eat catfish ($15–$16) served "Sudie's way," with hush puppies, coleslaw, pinto beans, and fries. If you can't eat all you can eat, try a hearty yet hopeful amount of catfish (two 5- to 7-ounce fillets with choice of two sides) in one of three styles: lemon pepper, broiled Cajun, or blackened ($12–$14, flavors vary by location). If hunger has hampered your decision-making skills, opt for the seafood platter ($19–$20), which boasts two catfish fillets, four oysters, four scallops, four fried shrimp, four boiled shrimp, four enthusiastic fist pumps, and one stuffed crab. Sudie's also serves salads, soups, chicken, steak, and the bashfully indecisive chicken-fried steak.
Tommaso's Italian Grill warms bellies with a menu of American favorites and pizzas concocted from house-made dough and freshly made sauces. The chefs hand-toss dough ($7+ for cheese and one topping) and artfully decorate disks with jalapeño, hamburger, and spinach ($1.25+/topping) before hanging them on the back diners' chairs. Between bites of hot wings ($5.99 for seven), guests can solicit investment advice from a collection of sage bobbleheads on a windowsill or catch reflections of a double meat burger ($6.99) on the surface of a hanging disco ball. Augment a selection of pastas ($7.99+) with homemade sauces—such as simple garlic and olive oil or a protein-rich meat sauce—and top dishes off with a pair of meatballs ($2) or a sextet of shrimp ($4).
The sub-making professionals at Quiznos design a menu stacked with an expansive selection of speedy snacks, including soups and salads. A fleet of classic subs ($4.49–$7.29) waits to dive into mouths, as do flatbread sammies ($3) and chopped salads ($3.19–$5.99). For a trimmer sandwich take, try the Torpedo ($4) or Bullet ($3) sizes—longer, leaner baguettes packed with yummy stuffings, from the pesto turkey's mozzarella, turkey, and basil pesto to the Italian's heaping piles of ham, salami, capicola, and pepperoni. Avoid deathbed laments to your increasingly exasperated butlers with today’s Groupon to Quiznos, providing a dependable lunch option, park-bench dinner, or appropriate meal to be seen eating at a stoplight.
Hailing from humble beginnings in a renovated Mississippian gas station, McAlister's Deli has revolutionized the concept of fast food with healthy fare recognized by Parents in 2009. Premium ingredients, such as Black Angus roast beef and black forest ham, pile upon stuffed potatoes or artisan bread, sating hungers and silencing stomachs before they recite bank-account numbers. As patrons wait for servers to deliver meals, they sip signature sweet tea, swirled together onsite daily from pure cane sugar and a rainforest-certified black-tea blend as dictated by a closely guarded recipe.