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good eats in Sugarland/Missouri City Area

wendileigh Feb 25, 2009 03:56 PM

I will be moving to the area in April and I am looking for the best places in the area. Anything from dives and greasy spoons to fine dining. I just like good food. I am coming from San Antonio so if there is a good place with homemade flour tortillas I would be happy to know that also. Thanks.

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    Jaymes Mar 10, 2009 04:55 PM

    I don't know if it's considered to be Sugar Land or not, but Ostioneria Mar Azul on Belfort at 59 is wonderful authentic interior Mexican food.

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      bornie Jul 23, 2009 10:19 PM

      Stay away from Shiva in Sugarland in the First Colony exit area,, just a few doors down from PF Chang's... The buffet absolutely sucked! The blandest Indian food I've ever had in my life along with the dryest Tandori Chicken served...

      Big big thumbs up for Grimaldi's..

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        zorra Jul 25, 2009 11:17 AM

        Yeah, I still like the original Shiva in Rice Village, but have not been impressed with the one out here. They recently moved across the freeway to their current location, and who knows, they may be having some growing pains...But next time you're out this way, do give Cafe India a try.

        Agree w/your assessment of Grimaldi's--and a big thumbs up for the gelato place next door, too!

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          Jaymes Jul 27, 2009 07:07 AM

          So let's chat about Grimaldi's. What is it?

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            air Jul 27, 2009 08:27 AM

            Grimaldi's is a NYC style pizzeria chain that has a couple locations in Texas. Can't go wrong with picking up a slice of pizza from there.

            I've found the crust at Grimaldi's to be crisper than my preference, but nontheless it is still a better pizza than Fuzzy's or Russo's. They are also more consistent about quality than Star. I remember seeing you are from Katy and it would be worth the time to drive.


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      tx_radar Mar 10, 2009 03:29 PM

      If you like sushi, try Japaneiro's in Town Square. It's latin/Japanese fusion -- an odd mix I know, but the prices are quite reasonable & atmosphere is fun. Lots of fun rolls and the fish is always fresh.

      I am also curious about Aura. The chef/owner is Frederic Perrier who ran Cafe Perrier in the Highland Village area. It was such a great place! I loved the mussels.

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        zorra Jul 23, 2009 07:07 PM

        Since this thread was current, I've had excellent dinners at both Aura and the Sugar Land outpost of Post Oak Grill, and recommend both. Aura is a bit more upscale in ambiance and menu.
        And alas, Out of Africa has closed.

      2. zorra Feb 26, 2009 07:36 PM

        I totally agree with James C. about Galvan's Sausage House, and with jscarbor about Amici and Cafe India. I've made one trip to Grimaldi's and it was good. There's a great gelato place next door to Grimaldi's.
        On Highway 6 near Williams Trace is Lupita's Mexican restaurant. Until very recently this was called Pico de Gallo and was our favorite local Tex-Mex place. They suddenly changed names, but I'm told it's still the same family and same recipes. I haven't been there since the name change to check that out. Eduardo's in Stafford is a good Mexican place too. But you may not find anything exactly like what you'd get in San Antonio. The chili gravy on the enchiladas tastes a little different here.
        For fine dining, I keep hearing good things about Aura, but haven't been there yet.

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          jscarbor Mar 1, 2009 02:22 PM

          I went to auru and it was alright. mind you I will refrain final judgement because the time I went was about 6-8 days after Hurricane ike.

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            zorra Mar 1, 2009 04:53 PM

            I'm going to Amici for my birthday this week; thought about trying Aura but decided to stick with Amici because it's closer to home and we both like it. Have you tried Napa Grille?

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            zorra Mar 1, 2009 04:58 PM

            I just remembered, we have a new South African place, Out of Africa. Some CHs were going to go there for Sunday brunch a few weeks ago, but I don't remember their report.

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              danhole Mar 2, 2009 06:01 AM

              Here is a review from one of the CH's that went to Out of Africa for the brunch:


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                zorra Mar 2, 2009 07:22 PM

                Thanks, dani. We are getting a number of interesting restaurants out here.

                I took my own advice tonight and stopped by Galvan's on the way home. My chopped beef sandwich was delicious, as usual. And I noticed they have homemade boudin in their meat case!

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            James Cristinian Feb 26, 2009 01:34 PM

            Hole in the wall bbq, Galvan's Sausage House just east of Richmond on Alt. US 90. Try the fatty brisket, ribs, and beef sausage. It's better than anything I've had in Houston, although no Dani, I have not been to Piersons.

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              danhole Feb 27, 2009 08:26 AM

              Ha, ha James! Well, I confess I have never been to Galvan's. Of course Pierson's is nowhere near Sugar Land, and I'm not familiar with that side of town.


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                James Cristinian Feb 27, 2009 04:24 PM

                Dani, Pierson's is on my list, and I'll be there in the next month or so. I shall report. As for Galvan's load your DH in the car, head down the West Sam Houston Tollway, get on 59 South, exit alt. 90 head east and in about 15 minutes Galvan's will be on your left. Look for an Exxon at Pitt Rd.

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                  danhole Feb 28, 2009 05:45 AM


                  When the DH gets over the flu and wants real food again we'll have to make the trip. Never turn down good BBQ. Especially since Zorra likes it, too!

                  When You go to Pierson's tell them you know me. I'm going today with a fellow CH.


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                    zorra Mar 1, 2009 04:52 PM

                    Dani, the brisket and ribs are great. I drive right by Galvan's twice a day and often stop to pick up a chopped beef sandwich on the way home if I'm going to be dining solo that night. It's a little red shack with three or four tables and a TV; the counter ladies are nice, and sometimes in the morning on my way to work I can see the smoke, already billowing from the pits behind the building.

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                dexmat Mar 10, 2009 04:42 PM

                I had some excellent fatty brisket at Galvan's recently but the ribs needed some more time in the smoker. The owner told me his pitman quit recently and he's doing the smoking himself and isn't up to speed on everything. I had some of the sausage a year or so ago and don't remember it being that good.

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                  James Cristinian Mar 10, 2009 05:03 PM

                  He told me the same thing. I should have mentioned the ribs are hit or miss, but try the beef sausage again. The brisket has always been the star, but I do love the sausage.

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                jscarbor Feb 26, 2009 07:23 AM

                Tornado Burger on murphy rd/fm 1092, for the spicey double double.
                Heritage for Indian on Hwy 90
                Old Place Cafe for chines dumplings at Hwy 6 and Dulles Ave.
                Lopez for Tex Mex but not great tortillas on Wilcrest/Murphy Rd
                Amici for contemporary italian in towne square at SW Frwy and Hwy 6.
                Cafe india on Williams Trace
                Grimaldi's for good coal oven pizza. Its near First Colony mall. Its a chain and all dolled up but I think its pretty good.

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                  jscarbor Mar 1, 2009 02:21 PM

                  I want to clarify, I think Grimaldis is better than pretty good. Its real good.

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