Veritas Steak and Seafood
: This family-owned, fine dining establishment welcomes you like one of the family, serving fresh seafood brought in daily and the choicest cuts of USDA Prime Beef. Dine inside or on the veranda with a lake view while you feast on grilled salmon or maybe a delicious pork chop Milanese. For dessert, don’t miss the chocolate cake, with layers of dolce de leche, Heath bar & chocolate ganache.
Fun Bourbon Street atmosphere at The Rouxpour.
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill:
Feel like royalty as you dine amid in a cozy, upscale atmosphere, sampling filets stuffed with lump crab meat, pork chops or grilled salmon. Don’t be surprised if some of the meals (including the steaks) turn out to be the size of your forearm. And dessert...well let’s just say, chocolate lovers will rejoice.
Step into Bourbon Street scene when you enter the world of this New Orleans themed restaurant, complete with French Quarter inspired decor and a 14-foot raw oyster bar (but that’s for another visit!). Choose from blacked salmon or parmesan crusted mahi mahi topped with lump crab meat to chicken or pork topped with bayou sauce. Finish off the evening with a special crème brulee, bringing sweet visions of the bayou.
Songkran Thai Grill:
Go exotic when you dine at this popular Thai restaurant, where the prix fixe menu consists of curry and savory noodle dishes. Guests will delight in the zen-like vibe, with a larger-than-life mural of Buddha, and wrought iron light fixtures.
Left to right: Savory pork chop from Perry's Steakhouse Sugar Land and a taste of the exotic with Songkran Thai Grill's green curry.
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary in Asian cuisine,
try Aling’s Hakka Chinese Cuisine
. Here diners will discover the world of fusion fare, a combination of old world Chinese recipes with Indian flavors like Hakka egg noodles, veggie manchurian gravy, paneer chilli and chicken lollipops.If sushi is more your style, order an assortment of sushi at the trendy Japaneiro’s
, with quirky names like Black Mamba, The Kraken and Tropic Thunder, accompanied by oversized margarita cocktails.
Vegetarians can feast on Indian flavors at Udipi Cafe
, delivered with freshly grinded spices on all their curries. Staff will bring an oversized dosa to the table for dunking in their all-you-can-eat sauces. While this restaurant serves only meat-free dishes, many non-vegetarians give it high praises. However,if you really have a craving for chicken or lamb, try the behari kabab or chicken malai boti at Mai Colachi BBQ & Grill
Left to right: Delectable tofu special at Aling's Hakka Chinese Cuisine and mouth-watering chicken tikka at Mai Colachi BBQ & Grill.
Photo Credit: Ellen C. and Raza M.
When you’re craving something just a little different, you can’t go wrong with Jupiter Pizza & Waffles
(yes, you read that right), where everything is guaranteed de-lish! Those with a sweet tooth will want to swing by Anonymous Cafe
and indulge in sinfully tasty pastries and coffee. The shabby chic look gives diners a cozy setting where they can relax and enjoy hot drinks, with a side of walnut spiced cookies or baklava.
In the mood for gourmet-style burgers? Then Guru Burgers
will be right up your alley with a fun menu offering burgers with names like The Pineapple Express, True Grits and Al Capone. The interior, comprised of unique lighting fixtures, and subway tiles, is a good match for the funky menu. If burgers aren’t your thing, they have extensive crepe selections, as well. For late night aperitifs and comfort meals, head over to The Ginger Mule
, where bartenders in dapper outfits can whip up a Moscow mule drink to pair with your pork belly bites. Described as an American gastropub, they take great pride in providing classic American cuisine with a contemporary touch. Any food allergies or special dietary restrictions? They’ll create a dish on the spot, to meet your dietary needs.
Left to right: Divine JJ Watt Burger from Guru Burgers & Crepes and refreshing pair of Ginger Mules from Ginger Mules Tonics & Meals.
Photo Credit: Ha N. and Mindy H.
Before heading home, stop by Imperial Farmer’s Market
, open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and stock up on local goods. Expect homemade pies, canned jellies, fresh pastries, just picked produce and much more, sold directly from vendors. Come hungry, several food trucks are known to park there throughout the day, selling lobster rolls, Italian ice and more. Handmade crafts are available for purchase, as well, including quilts, candles and outdoor sculptures.