With the plethora of gastronomic venues and culinary tours in The Woodlands, this 28,000-acre master planned community is a haven for foodies. If you have plans to come to this upscale community, make sure you come hungry. Whatever your food cravings are, there are countless of restaurants that will satisfy these. For starters, here is a roundup of the best restaurants in The Woodlands, from the best steakhouse to the best café. Bon appetit!
This newly opened restaurant offering mouthwatering Southern style comfort food is the fifth concept by Chef Ronnie Killen, whose accolades include 2019 James Beard Award semi-finalist, “Best Steak in the U.S.” by Food & Wine, “Best Steakhouses in the U.S.” by Travel & Leisure and “Favorite Steakhouses in Texas” by Texas Monthly. What used to be the space for Bob’s Steak & Chop House now boasts of a barbecue pit, wine cellar, wine room, and wood-burning grill where you can feast on Killen’s well-known ribeyes, New York strips, Wagyus, tomahawks, Gulf oysters, chicken fried steak and pork belly. And, for a sweet ending, pastry chef Samantha Mendoza’s dessert menu includes croissant crème brulee bread pudding, carrot cake, cheesecake, and seasonal desserts.
A health-centric concept that took Space City by storm last year is now here in The Woodlands. Flower Child allows you to eat scrumptious food guilt-free. This happy place overflows with freshly made bowls, grains, greens and wraps, as well as flavored lemonades, kombucha, and organic wine and beer that are made from scratch, using farm fresh ingredients. You must try the Mother Earth Bowl with ancient grains, sweet potato, grains, Portobello mushrooms, and avocado. The Flying Avocado whole-grain pita wrap filled with smoked turkey, Gouda cheese, romaine, tomato, and avocado hummus is another best seller.
Looking for a unique drinking experience? This breezy, half open-air and half patio bar offers a wide range of tap beers and specialty drinks that are sure to tickle your taste buds. Wooster’s Garden’s cocktail menu features unique concoctions, created by the staff themselves with interesting ingredients, such as pomegranate molasses, allspice bitters, smoked strawberries, freshly squeezed juices, jalapeño tincture, and an in-house “Fireball” made with bourbon, cinnamon, molasses and black pepper.
Chef Austin Simmons’ reinvention of the Hubbell & Hudson Bistro has brought forth a more refined restaurant called Tris. The casual lunch menu features international offerings, such as Thai chicken salad, Indian masala bowl, and Italian-inspired tenderloin brochette, as well as down-home cooking, including flaky vegan avocado tart, Southern chicken fried steak, and Philly cheesesteak sandwich. At night, the place transforms into a formal white-linen dinner service, serving a butcher’s block steak tray that features five different steaks and cooking preparations.
Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen
Helmed by Washington D.C. culinary master, Enzo Fargione, Sorriso is a destination for adventurous foodies, explorers of culinary comfort, and aficionados of regional Italian cuisine alike, offering a delightful array of distinctive dishes and traditional tastes. Here, you will experience the best Italian cuisine made only with the freshest Texas ingredients, from homemade pasta dishes, like pappardelle short rib ragu and spaghetti cacio e pepe, to iconic Neapolitan-style pizzas, Grilled Branzino, and an Italian artisan charcuterie. For the more daring, there’s braised veal osso bucco and charred octopus.
The Goose’s Acre Bistro and Irish Pub
If you are looking to have an authentic Irish bar experience, go to The Goose’s Acre Bistro and Irish Pub – with roots going back 126 years to Cork County in Midleton, Ireland. When the current owners, Brian Young and Colm O’Neil, heard that the Irish pub was closing, they literally took it apart and shipped it to The Woodlands. The Goose’s Acre boasts of authentic Irish pub dishes as well as pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and salads, and has a wide selection of food and drinks. Come over for weekly events and specials, such as Burger Day on Wednesdays to get your burger for half the price and Steak & Wine Night on Tuesdays to enjoy 50% discount on bottles of wine and beers and spirits for only $3.
The Olive Oil Restaurant
A Greek and Mediterranean staple in The Woodlands, The Olive Oil Restaurant offers delectable food in a welcoming atmosphere. You can choose from a wide variety of main courses or sample authentic Greek cuisine with platters, including moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, spinach, and cheese pies. If you want, you can personalize your meals with fresh grilled zucchinis or roasted Greek potatoes. The beer and wine bar offer an exclusive selection that you won’t find any other place. The Flaming Cheese is a must-try. And, for a truly Greek party experience, drop by on a Friday or Saturday night for some live music, belly dancers, and plate-smashing.
House of Pies
Craving pies? House of Pies is the best place to go to for the freshest, best tasting homemade pies with no preservatives added. Choose from an extensive menu of over forty different pie flavors, such as cherry, blueberry, pippin apple, Dutch apple, banana cream, coconut cream, and chocolate cream, as well as specialty cakes and brownies.
Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe
Step inside the doors of Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe and be instantly transported to Paris. The menu features a vast variety of thin, tasty savory and sweet crepes, including breakfast fillings (bacon, eggs, smoked ham, potatoes, avocados, salmon, and other fruits), savory options (salmon, turkey, bacon , cheese and truffle oil, turkey and brie, Caprese, chicken Alfredo, chicken carbonara, chicken enchilada, prosciutto and mozzarella, and sour cream with dill), as well as traditional sweet fillings (Nutella, jam, berries, apple and cinnamon, and lemon and vanilla bean sugar). The menu also includes waffles, sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee beverages, champagne, wine, and mimosas.
With so many great dining options The Woodlands, you’ll surely have a gastronomic experience in this wonderful Texas community. Take note of these restaurants and let us know about your experience! And, if you happen to have an amazing time and want to be able to live here so you can conveniently go to these spots, let me know and I will be more than happy to show you your best home options in The Woodlands, according to your lifestyle and budget. Feel free to give me a call at 281-701-5117 or send me an email at [email protected].