When visiting a new place, it’s a good idea to learn about the local food and entertainment on offer. The Woodlands offers both to out-of-towners, in particular a wide variety of dining options. Here are 10 restaurants to try in The Woodlands.
Looking for authentic Brazilian cuisine? Try Guri do Sul Brazilian Steakhouse. This restaurant provides a buffet-style experience but with an exciting Brazilian twist. Customers are invited to an extensive salad bar and given a card with a red side and a green side. When the card’s green side is flipped, staff members bring a variety of cooked and seasoned meat on skewers, which they hand-carve at the table. When a diner has finished eating, the red side of the card can be used, and the waiters stop coming. Make sure to save room for a dessert of grilled pineapple with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Goose’s Acre Bistro and Irish Pub first opened up in Ireland. After the pub closed down, the current owners purchased it and shipped it across the ocean to The Woodlands, Texas. An authentic Irish bar experience, The Goose’s Acre has a wide selection of food and drinks. The restaurant boasts Irish pub dishes as well as sandwiches, burgers and salads. The Goose’s Acre also has a unique cooking feature; a wood-fired pizza oven. Come in for weekly events and specials, including Bingo Thursday and Half Price Any Pizza All Day on Tuesdays.
If you are willing to venture into the outskirts of The Woodlands, take a trip to the Treehouse Café. Upon arrival, it seems as though there is no restaurant at all—just a small tree house. Head into the trees along a small trail, and behold! This hidden gem serves classic American breakfast and lunch in a quaint, homey setting. Breakfast consists of a selection of omelets, French toast, waffles and biscuits with sausage gravy. Come for lunch between 11am and 2pm and try a variety of burgers, sandwiches and salads.
Classic Italian cuisine awaits diners at La Trattoria Tuscano. Enjoy a hand-prepared meal that offers a taste of Italy in suburban Texas. Try the appetizers – meatballs, fried zucchini or a selection of salads. Main course options range from Half Moon Ravioli, stuffed with cheese and Italian sausage, to Veal Marsala and pizza. La Trattoria Tuscano hosts a ‘Party on the Patio’ every Friday and Saturday night that features local musicians. Come early for lunch on the weekend and try La Trattoria Tuscano’s weekend special.
Brooklyn Café is the place to go for bagels. This breakfast and lunch spot has been open since 1994, and it offers a huge variety of homemade bagels, including salt, poppy seed, onion, cinnamon raisin, blueberry and strawberry. Stop by and have a fresh toasted bagel with cream cheese, or make it a sandwich with meat, cheese, egg and other toppings. Brooklyn Café offers both indoor and outdoor seating and is also dog friendly. Once your meal is finished, pick out some bagels to be packaged and enjoyed within the comfort of your own home.
A Greek and Mediterranean staple in The Woodlands, Olive Oil offers delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere. The menu boasts classic gyros with a variety of sides, as well as traditional Mediterranean meals and entrees like Moussaka and a mixed grill plate. One appetizer not to be missed is the Flaming Cheese. If you really want the true Olive Oil experience, come on a Friday or Saturday night; live music, belly dancers, and plate-smashing introduces customers to a real Greek party experience.
La Francesita Gourmet Bakery Cafe, The Woodlands | Photo Courtesy of Robard's Steakhouse
Gourmet Bakery and Café
The Gourmet Bakery and Café sits in a neighborhood strip mall. The chef of this quaint, family-owned and -operated restaurant received his culinary education in France. Gourmet Bakery and Café offers coffee, gourmet pastries by the case and a selection of hot dishes. Peruse and select from a menu of freshly made sweet or savory crêpes, a hot and pressed panini or croissants stuffed with all kinds of delicious goodies. Pick up one of the fresh baguettes and make a delicious sandwich at home.
Robard’s Steakhouse is the place to go for a sophisticated, fine dining experience. Jackets are required for men, and jeans should be left in the closet at home. Robard’s has a common steakhouse menu, featuring many different cuts of steak, as well as seafood. Robard’s hand-selects all of the meat offered on the menu. It is butchered, processed and cooked in-house. There is a wide selection of salads and appetizers as well as side dishes, including Lobster Macaroni and Creamed Spinach. Enjoy a cocktail—made with local spirits—or a glass of wine with your meal from Robard’s full bar.
The Republic Grille offers a casual dining experience, focused on Texan and Southern food. It has a relaxed atmosphere, with both indoor and outdoor seating, so patrons can enjoy a meal in any weather conditions. The Republic Grille offers a full bar, and the menu features a selection of burgers and sandwiches, as well as entrées like the Double Cut Pork Chop and the Carolina Style Shrimp and Grits. The Houston Chronicle voted the Republic Grille’s Chicken Fried Steak as one of the top five best in the Houston area.
Lama Mediterranean Café is the place to go if you’re looking for a quick meal with good food. Diners order at the counter. Appetizers include hummus, kibbeh (breaded and deep-fried ground beef and lamb with pine nuts) and falafel. Lama offers traditional Mediterranean wraps called shawarma, as well as traditional kabob and lamb dishes. When the weather is nice, head over to Lama and try some hookah. A traditional Mediterranean pastime, hookah involves smoking specially made, flavored tobacco though intricate water pipes—definitely an experience worth trying.