The bedroom communities of Sugar Land and Missouri City were notoriously bland dining destinations until recently. Here are some restaurants we recommend:
Aura: Chef Fréderic Perrier is in the kitchen at this upscale but intimate restaurant. His fare is American with a French eye for detail. This is thoughtful food: sea bass in a soy-ginger sauce, pureed potatoes with melted leeks, bread pudding with red wine-poached pear. Awesome value at lunch. Go. Now.
Azuma on the Lake: Sophisticated dining room and lovely patio make this the place for your sushi fix. This is quality fare. And if you time your visit for happy hour, you’ll find some great deals on sushi in the bar.
Hoggs n' Chicks: This out-of-the-way, counter-service cafe is from the folks who own fancy schmancy Aura. There’s much to love about this down-home fare: pigs in a blanket, chicken fried pork chops and molasses sweet potatoes. And be sure to save room for dessert. Two words: killer cobbler.
La Magia: Cozy neighborhood cafe serves freshly made pastas and pizzas. An attentive owner and eager staff make the experience as good as the food, which is saying a lot.
Perry's Steakhouse: Old-school service with an attention for detail elevates the dining experience at this Texas-born, upscale chain. The menu is old-school, too: seafood towers, wedge salads, double-cut pork chops, creamed spinach and flaming desserts. Sunday brunch is an indulgence, as it should be.
The Rouxpour: A large, inviting patio wraps around a corner of this attractive Cajun/creole restaurant and on busy days the restaurant becomes one giant party fueled by grilled oysters, roast beef po’ boys and Hurricanes. The seats at the flat screen-lined serpentine bar are just as festive.
Tornado Burger: Burger aficionados will appreciate this cooked-to-order, quality burger. Try the “spicy” option
: a burger topped with fresh garlic, jalapeno and onion. Add an order of thin, hand-cut fries and a shake, and that’s a meal for a steal.