Before American fine dining, gastronomes in the United States could only eat upscale cuisine by traveling to Europe, which required expensive airfare and surgeries to make stomachs metric system-compatible. Savor kilogram-free gourmet fare with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fine European and American cuisine at The Veranda in Kingwood.
The Veranda's owners cultivate an intimate ambience punctuated with both upscale dishes influenced by American and European flavors and live musical entertainment. The extensive menu puts a unique spin on fine-dining starters, such as roast duck with mango chutney ($10) and seafood cheesecake, a savory shellfish filling embraced by a pretzel crust and parmesan-horseradish cream sauce ($10). Electrify appetites with an ancho-marinated tilapia accompanied by cilantro cream ($18) or satisfy succulence cravings with seafood-stuffed quail that, like an apple on the clearance shelf, is semi-boneless ($23). The lunch menu, available Wednesday through Friday (reservation required), features a Herculean selection of paninis (starting at $10.95) and salads.
Veranda proprietors Pat and Ray Guard—who played warm-up for Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, and Ray Charles—regale patrons' auditory systems with live tunes on most evenings. Their repertoire includes popular songs that span the decades, including romance-inducing hits by artists such as Celine Dion, James Taylor, and the Carpenters, as well as digestion-inspiring hits from Chef Boyardee and the Gorton's Fisherman.
2820 Chestnut Ridge
Kingwood, Texas 77339Get Directions