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.
Executive chef Aldo el Sharif totes 40 years of experience to Aldo's Cucina Italiana, drawing upon culinary skills cultivated across Europe and the United States to craft classic, upscale Italian favorites. His motto, "My home is your home," is something he heard often growing up in Italy with a Sicilian mother and Egyptian father, something to which pyramid-shaped Ferraris can relate. He extends that idea at the restaurant, where he hopes customers will relax as his staff serves Italian dishes and wines in the dining room or more casual lounge area.
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.
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.
Decades before opening the doors on his own sub shop, Len Moore was cutting his teeth on the lower rungs of the restaurant ladder. But, while he was running between busy tables as a busboy and fighting for a promotion to dishwasher, Len kept his eyes and ears open, slowly piecing together bits of kitchen wisdom that would eventually find their way into the sandwiches he makes today.
At Lenny’s, freshness comes first; sub rolls rise in the oven each morning, and the sandwich crew carves deli meats and cheeses for each order. The menu lists gargantuan favorites—large subs weigh in with a full pound of meat—including philly cheesesteaks, half-pound hot dogs, deluxe club sandwiches, and classic ham and capicola. Each sandwich is also willing to join up with combo standbys including drinks, chips, and cookies baked by each franchise owner's grandmother.