The Top Restaurants For Lunch And Dinner In Cypress, Texas

Burger |©  stu_spivack/Flickr
Burger |© stu_spivack/Flickr
Photo of Samantha Beckett
9 February 2017

Cypress, Texas, is a city lingering on the outskirts of North Houston. Nestled along U.S. Route 290, Cypress is a mix of the city and the country. The highway runs through the city, and many major roads wind through Cypress and connect commuters to downtown Houston; however, small and local business is thriving in the community itself. Here are some popular restaurants that are worth driving out to Cypress to try.

The Shack Graffiti Truck | © Samantha Beckett

The Shack Burger Resort

The Shack Burger Resort is definitely worth the hunt for a good lunch or dinner. It was recently added to the Houston Chronicle‘s ‘Top 100 Restaurants,’ coming in at #83. The Shack has outdoor seating, with tables both covered and uncovered, and is the perfect place to go to have burgers and beer on a beautiful Texas day. The menu offers a wide range of unique burgers, chicken/turkey sandwiches, and sides. Burger choices range from The Tex with a patty, brisket, and grilled onions topped with cheddar and onion strings, to the Grease and Weasel that has a patty, bacon, Tillamook cheese, resting between two honeybuns. Cheese fries, pickle chips, or yucca fries are great side options to pair with these special burgers. Any beer enthusiast will also love The Shack’s extensive beer menu. Come to The Shack to enjoy the outdoors, have a good meal, and leave happy.

Front Façade | © Samantha Beckett

Alicia’s Mexican Grille

Alicia’s Mexican Grille in Cypress, Texas was the first of four locations in Houston that helped owner David Herrera and his family-operated business to gain popularity on the Mexican food scene. Alicia’s Mexican Grille boasts a beautiful open dining area structured with dark, exposed rafters and tall, pristine arches. The menu is extensive and reasonably priced. Alicia’s offers a wide selection of fajitas and enchiladas, as well as a variety of meat, chicken, and seafood dishes. Alicia’s Mexican Grille is also available for catering and would add a taste of Mexico to any party. While there are four locations, the original Alicia’s Mexican Grille in Cypress will help you understand what propelled this casual and delicious local Mexican sensation.

Front Façade and Sign | © Samantha Beckett

Cypress Station Grill

Cypress Station Grill is located in a refurbished train station. Cypress was once a pass-through for the railways coming out of downtown Houston, and the Cypress Station Grill keeps a piece of Houston’s railway history alive by inviting customers to enter a piece of that history to enjoy a meal. The food at Cypress Station Grill is classic American with everything from burgers and sandwiches to salads and fried food of all varieties. Meatloaf, steaks, and chicken dishes are also available for customers to choose from. Save room for dessert, because the homemade cakes and confections are scrumptious. The ‘Milk Chocolate Galaxy Cake’ is chocolate cake layered with caramel and more chocolate. While Cypress Station Grill has plenty of indoor seating for a rainy or cold day, the restaurant also has a patio and is located on a quiet street that makes for perfect outdoor eating conditions.

Great Karoo Lamp Chops | © Samantha Beckett

Peli Peli

The best way to experience South African fine dining is to come to the outskirts of Cypress and to the Vintage Park outdoor market to try Peli Peli. Run by chef Paul Friedman, Peli Peli gives diners an introduction to the tastes of South African fusion cuisine. Chef Friedman serves traditional South African dishes, with Portuguese, Dutch, and Asian flavor influences, as well as classic American meat and seafood dishes with a South African twist. While some dishes might seem adventurous, the food is expertly prepared and will make anyone want to experience South African flavors again. The dining experience is enhanced by the wait staff, who help educate diners on exactly what each item is and how the dishes should be eaten. Peli Peli is a truly immersive and wonderful experience for anyone looking to try a new ethnic cuisine.

Locatelli’s Sign | © Samantha Beckett

Locatelli’s Pizza

For the best pizza in Cypress, go to Locatelli’s Pizza on Grant Road. This husband-and-wife-operated restaurant serves thin crust pizza and has become so popular among the locals that another location has already been opened in Tomball, with two more locations in the works. The menu offers a selection of specialty pizzas; in addition, create-your-own pizzas with a variety of toppings, pastas, salads, and sandwiches are also available. One delicious appetizer that should precede any meal at Locatelli’s is the toasted ravioli: deep-fried raviolis stuffed with two different kinds of cheese and jalapeños for a little kick. For patrons looking for a night in, Locatelli’s provides online ordering for quick and hassle free carry out.

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