For ages, Houstonians have made the journey east on I-10 to explore all of the good eats Louisiana has to offer. Soon, they’ll be able to save on drive time, as two beloved Louisiana restaurants are set to open their first ever Houston outposts: Fat Boy’s Pizza in Richmond, and the Best Stop Supermarket in Katy.
Fat Boy’s Pizza, a pizzeria that first opened in Metairie, Louisiana and has since expanded to eight locations in two states, announced last spring it would be entering the Texas market. Set to debut on January 17 in the Grand at Aliana retail corridor, the Richmond outpost is the first in the state, but plans are already underway for another store to open in Katy Grand in June, with several more locations to follow.
Fat Boy’s bills itself as the “World’s Biggest Slice” and is known for its oversized, 30-inch pies. The restaurant’s “2-Foot Pizza Challenge” is equally noteworthy, as it ignites competition in guests by putting them on the clock as they aim to finish an entire two-foot slice in less than seven minutes. In just a few days, eager challengers need not cross state lines should they want to compete.
The Best Stop Supermarket has long been one of the best reasons to cross the Texas border into Louisiana. Since 1986, the no-frills convenient store situated right off the interstate in between Houston and Lafayette, served as the quintessential road trip stop. Visitors could stock up on road trip essentials like cold drinks and candy, but also fresh and smoked sausage, boudin, cracklins, and more. The country store will soon be dishing out the Cajun eats at a new store in Katy.
In a post made to Facebook on January 4, Best Stop announced a location had been selected for its Katy franchise and Houstonians could expect hot boudin at 806 Katy Fort Bend Road “in a few short months.” The company’s Facebook page, with its more than 30,000 followers, is the best avenue to stay abreast of further updates.
Food-focused road trips to Louisiana will no doubt continue — for beignets, hurricanes, and the like — but these worthy openings are a very welcome addition to Houston.