Dallas to Sugar Land
Heading from Dallas to Sugar Land tomorrow. We will be cutting over from 45 on Beltway 8. Will be hitting the beltway around lunchtime. Need recs for a place to stop for lunch on that route as well as dinner in/around Sugar Land. Doesn't need to be fancy - just non-chain, good, and uniquely Houston if possible.
For lunch you might consider a stop in Chinatown (Sam Houston TR/BW 8 & Bellaire). Or in City Center (BW8 & I-10). Lots of good places there.
As for dinner in Sugar Land, most decent eating are chains, ex: Perry's, etc.. I don't have any real recs out here. There is edible stuff in SL, but nothing I've found to write home about.
Off B8 I would go to Chinatown area on Bellaire and hit the dumpling place next to Airirang. It doesn't have an American name just 3 chinese "letters" but the dumplings are fantastic. Right down the street are excellent banh mi's at Cafe Don.
In SL area I would go to Lopez for old school Tex Mex. Perry's would be good as well, they have some really nice happy hour specials going on right now during the week at the bar.
There are a lot of Indian restaurants in SL as well. Shiva, Cafe India, Madras just to name a few.
Turqoise Grill in Town Sq is very good Turkish food.
2319 Williams Trace Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Off Westheimer@8 going east: Rio Ranch, Churascos, Kasra, Rudy Lechners.
Going west: Cafe Pita+(on ddd), Becks, Bistro le Cep, Burger Guys. Also Tokyo One on south bound access road.
Chinatown off Belaire has a overwhelming numbrt of choices.
Rio Ranch Restaurant
9999 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042
12225 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
Went to Rudi Lechner's once and while okay, it just didn't bowl me over. What to order there? LeCep is one of my favorites, although since they don't serve lunch on Sat or Sun anymore, I haven't been in a while. Seems those are the meals we are most likely to enjoy out.
Rudi Lechner's Restaurant
2503 S Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77063
Three Thai restaurants in Sugar Land that we enjoy: Thai Cottage, Thai Siam, and Sabai Thai.
There's a new upscale Italian restaurant that just opened there: Antonia's. I've had some really wonderful meals at their Katy location. It's a very small local chain (3 locations including the new one in Sugar Land).
We also like the Live Oak Grill for burgers, fried shrimp, etc.
Live Oak Grill
12935 Dairy Ashford Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77478
11581 S Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77498
Sabai Thai Cafe
2705 Town Center Blvd N, Sugar Land, TX 77479
We hit Don Cafe on Bellaire. Excellent and very, very inexpensive. For dinner we ended up hitting a seafood dive on Murphy Road just south of 59 -- Pier 61. If you love fried seafood this place is wonderful and also very reasonably priced. Not much on the atmosphere but food was great.
I have been to Pier 61 twice and the food was fabulous both times, fresh well cooked seafood. I've never had the fried versions, the sauteed fish is so good. I had a great soft shell crab, sauteed in butter and tarragon, last time I was there. It was fantastic. It's one of those places I always forget about. Good choice.