The Woodlands' reputation as a dining destination is growing. Here are 9 restaurants 29-95 recommends:
Chuy's: Don’t worry if the place is packed, the quirky and quick-witted staff of Chuy’s could teach FEMA a thing or two about the care and feeding of crowds. The menu is packed with Tex-Mex favorites, and, thanks to its Austin roots, there’s plenty of options for non-carnivores.
The Goose's Acre: This gussied-up, ripped-from-County Cork, Ireland, pub sits on a prime corner of the Woodlands Waterway. Seating is on two floors including a large sunny patio that fronts the waterway. The menu is as big as a Connemara pony with racks of ribs, big steaks and gourmet pizzas, as well as pub favorites such as Shepherd’s Pie and Corned Beef and Cabbage.
Grotto: Expansive menu, attentive service and a colorful dining room make a meal at this upscale Italian trattoria feel a little decadent. The kitchen is skilled with seafood dishes.
The G's Healthy Gourmet: This gluton-free restaurant is ready to change the minds of people who hate “healthy” eating. And the folks here are really smart, too. That’s the reason they display their gorgeous, homemade cakes out front. It’s hard to look at them throughout a meal and then walk away without a taste.
Hubbell & Hudson Bistro: Housed in a gloriously colorful gourmet market, this bistro looks to dazzle with a market-driven menu and gorgeous plates of food.
Jasper's : The dining room is modern and the service formal, but where Iron Chef-whopping Kent Rathbun wins us over is the crafted-for-hearty-appetities comfort foods such baby back ribs, grilled flat iron steak and bourbon-spiked creamed corn. Consider a visit at lunch, when they welcome you even in shorts (don’t even think about it at night) and fare is a little less pricey.
Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen: This family run restaurant is turning out terrific Cajun/creole fare and, arguably, the best bread pudding in town. The comfortable dining room and warm service are nearly as sweet as Schilleci’s praline sauce.
Steel City Pizzeria: We’ve forgiven the Pittsburgh theme at this fun sports bar, but only because we love SCP’s flavorful housemade red sauce. Nice selection of oven-baked hoagies and gourmet pies with toppings like homemade meatballs, shaved steak and roasted red peppers.