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[Hou] need recs for mid range, non ethnic restaurants around The Woodlands

danhole Jul 17, 2008 01:39 PM

Okay, here's the deal; we are going to spend a few days in The Woodlands/Spring area in the middle of August. My husband is a real plain eater (read picky) and I am trying to find some restaurants that please both of us. One place I plan to go to is Culver's. They have fried chicken, burgers, and pot roast (which he will fling the veggies out of). This is the type of food he likes. He also likes wings, tender beef fajitas, and steak and potato. I have looked at B-4-U-Eat and saw some interesting places that may work. And he loves breakfast. Here is the list:

Gringo's Mexican
Tortuga Cantina
White Flamingo
Olive Oil Restaurant
Texan Wild Burgers & Wings
The Egg & I

I know that most of these are chains, but I am not going to eat at a TGI Friday's, Denny's, or any of the other places he likes to frequent. Even if it is a chain, I have not been to any of them, so at least they are new to us.

No seafood, sushi, Italian, chinese or any other asian, and nothing "cutting edge." BORING, huh?

Any help will be appreciated, and I will report back toward the end of August.

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  1. lazy_engineer RE: danhole Jul 17, 2008 02:52 PM

    I'll bet he would like Rudy's. It's a BBQ place on Louetta & Hwy 45


    Saltgrass and Steamboat House have great steaks, although those aren't *quite* in Spring, but close.

    Central Park deli and Potbelly's have good sandwiches if you like sandwiches. He should try the meatball sandwich at Potbelly's.

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      danhole RE: lazy_engineer Jul 17, 2008 04:15 PM

      thanks lazy! I am frankly sick to death of BBQ, and we have eaten at the Steamboat House (I reviewed it on this board) and Saltgrass, which is an okay place in my books. As far as sandwiches go, I love them, but he doesn't. And getting him to eat a meatball would be like feeding him sushi . . . not going to happen! If we get down to the wire we may try Rudy's.

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      Dorothy RE: danhole Jul 17, 2008 08:02 PM

      Dang! Can't you drop him and McDonald's for one meal, and I'll run out and meet you at Russo's New York Coal-Fired Pizza??


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        danhole RE: Dorothy Jul 18, 2008 08:01 AM

        You're funny Dorothy! Oddly enough McDonalds is one place he doesn't eat at, and I only do if I am trying to entertain the grandkids (great indoor playgrounds.) If they have plain pepperoni pizza at Russo's he might even want to go. He does like his pizza.

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          Dorothy RE: danhole Jul 18, 2008 05:23 PM

          I am sure Russo's will make a pepperoni pizza. Remember, the crust is thin, and the toppings are not lavish. I happen to like it that way, but if your DH is expecting strings of cheese and mounds of pepperoni, I don't want him to be disappointed.

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        pizzaQTpie RE: danhole Jul 19, 2008 10:30 AM

        I know you mentioned non-ethnic but you mentioned Gringo's. Another choice for Mexican is Casa Elena off of I-45 outside of The Woodlands. Great Tex-Mex! If you are up for a big expensive steak dinner, try Perry's in The Woodlands. If you can get past the horrible service, you'll enjoy the great food. I'm not one to frequent places with horrible food, but Perry's is one of only a handful of nicer restaurants in The Woodlands.

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          danhole RE: pizzaQTpie Jul 19, 2008 12:41 PM

          Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately Perry's is a bit too much for us to spend right now. We are already spending too much on a concert and hotel!

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            DougieDog RE: pizzaQTpie Jul 21, 2008 02:17 PM

            Casa Elena is closed down for not paying sales tax.

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            CBob56 RE: danhole Jul 19, 2008 11:37 AM

            Did you see this and pass on it?


            I haven't been but I saw a good review somewhere recently. Also there should be a Pappasito's somewhere out that way for fajitas.

            I ate at a Tortuga once several years ago when just visiting. Even by my Tex-Mex standards at the time I thought it was mediocre.

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              danhole RE: CBob56 Jul 19, 2008 12:46 PM

              I looked at Wunsche bros, menu and believe it or not, the only thing he would eat from that menu is a burger, and fires. Sad! I would love to try it, but if we have had a burger already I just don't have the heart to force another one on him. He gets tired of me dragging him to places so I can have something I want and the only item for him is a burger.

              We have eaten at the Tortuga in Galveston, and he was satisfied with it, but not my top choice. I'll look into Pappasito's, but I really don't like contributing to the Pappas empire. Ever since they took over some of our favorite places, and made them pricier and worse food, well . . .

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              vwgto RE: danhole Jul 22, 2008 06:09 PM

              We have always enjoyed the Black Walnut - - not far from concert venue. If both of you are willing to go for a downscale atmosphere - - travel over to Tomball to Mel's Cafe or Goodson's. Texas home cooking. These will more than satisfy simple tastes, and very reasonable. Mel's is a dive, but packs-them-in with great value. Eat the entire Mel Burger and get your picture on the wall.... Not far from the Woodlands, but "far from" the generic places you will find in the Woodlands.

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                danhole RE: vwgto Jul 25, 2008 02:56 PM

                I actually have Mel's on the list, but it will depend on whether or not we have had a burger that weekend or not, because that is the only thing on the menu that I think he will eat.

                What kind of food does the Black Walnut have? I can't get the website to cooperate with me.

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                  vwgto RE: danhole Jul 25, 2008 04:25 PM

                  I had to circle back to your original memo to see "what the heck does this guy eat???" Black Walnut is salads, pasta, etc. How about Waffle House (a few locations up the road in Conroe) - - that is a pure breakfast place. Goodsons, mentioned earlier, has good pot roast. Wing Stop has good wings. Lupe's for fajitas.

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                    danhole RE: vwgto Jul 26, 2008 08:17 AM

                    Ha! You have just named some of his all time favorites; Waffle House, Lupe's & Wing Stop. Throw in a James Coney Island, and a Friday's and he's a happy man! Not a healthy one, but a happy one! My problem is that I want to go outside the box and try new places. I am really bored with the choices I have, so I am trying to find somewhere that I can get something chow worthy while he can have his same old stuff. Not easy! I'll check into Goodson's. Sounds like Black Walnut is out. The Olive Oil restaurant I listed is greek & american food, so I can get something I like, greek, and he can eat something american. Thanks for the help.

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