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15 Restaurants Worth the Drive From Houston

Day trips to some of Texas’ best hidden gems

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Road trip season is upon us, and what better reason to hit the road than for good grub? Houston is jam-packed with world class restaurants, but the talent extends far beyond the city’s borders. Whether you’re up for a food-fueled adventure or are looking for a delicious stopover on your next trip out of town, look no further.

From top-rated barbecue in Spring to Vietnamese classics in Palacios, we’ve rounded up a list of 15 destination-worthy restaurants just a short drive from Houston.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Royer's Round Top Cafe

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Main St
Round Top, TX

A trip to the tiny Texas town of Round Top isn’t complete without a visit to this quirky country cafe. From the savory fried chicken to a solid selection of pies, everything is homemade. The decadent sweet n’ salty pie got a nod from the Food Network as one of the top five chocolate desserts in the country.

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2. The Inn at Dos Brisas

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10000 Champion Dr
Washington, TX
(979) 277-7750
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Located in Washington, east of Brenham, the luxurious Inn at Dos Brisas is home to a rising star of a restaurant worth the scenic drive. The farm-to-table establishment cultivates fresh ingredients from its organic farm for a rotating menu. With a 7,000-bottle wine cellar and sweeping Hill Country views, this destination restaurant makes for a romantic getaway.

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3. The Point

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608 1st St
Palacios, TX 77465

Despite a recent claim to fame on “Parts Unknown,” this family-run joint has been a Palacios staple for years. What started as a convenience store for the fishing community now serves up some of the best Vietnamese food around. From banh mi to pho, everything is made fresh—including the head chef’s mean breakfast tacos.

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4. Tejas Chocolate Craftory

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200 N Elm St
Tomball, TX 77375

Starting as a craft chocolate business, Tejas Chocolate Craftory has evolved into a can’t-miss barbecue outlet. Housed in the oldest building in Tomball, it ranked as the No. 6 spot on Texas Monthly’s annual best-of list. For a tasty combination of the two concepts, order up their smoked meats with the house mole barbecue sauce.

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5. Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish

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5901 W Davis St
Conroe, TX 77304
(936) 760-3386
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This casual country outpost in Lake Conroe is a Montgomery County staple. Hot, generous portions of fried catfish, hushpuppies, and green tomato relish are served up in a no-frills setting.

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6. Corkscrew BBQ

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26608 Keith St
Spring, TX 77373
(832) 592-1184
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Best to arrive early at Corkscrew BBQ in Old Town Spring, as they tend to sell out most afternoons. Its moist brisket and tender beef ribs (which are only offered on Saturdays) recently earned it a top 10 spot on Texas Monthly’s coveted barbecue list.

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7. Southern Style Seafood Co.

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4620 Pearson Ln
Atascocita, TX 77346
(832) 503-2738
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This bright red food trailer is known for its freshly-fried (and otherwise prepared) seafood. Humble residents laud the outpost for its friendly service and steaming hot combos of catfish, shrimp, hush puppies, and boudin balls.

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8. Curry Sultan

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5350 FM 1960
Humble, TX 77346
(281) 812-4777
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This unassuming Indian restaurant is one of Humble’s hidden gems. The family-owned joint prepares authentic dishes, each bursting with spice and flavor. The melt-in-your-mouth lamb, shrimp biryani, and refreshing mint lemonade make this a go-to lunch spot.

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9. Merlion Restaurant

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1301 4th St
Seabrook, TX 77586
(281) 385-9975
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Creative Thai food and an extensive wine selection make this cozy Seabrook restaurant a standout. Curries are the real star here; add your choice of meat or seafood and as much spice as your heart desires. Chow down in the Merlion Restaurant’s stylish digs or on the charming patio.

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10. T-Bone Tom’s

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1301 4th St
Seabrook, TX 77586
(281) 334-2133
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Kemah staple T-Bone Tom’s is well-known for its lively atmosphere and expansive “Backyard,” featuring live music on the weekends. Fill up on armadillo eggs, aka brisket-stuffed fried jalapenos, before ordering a chicken fried steak or marinated rib eye.

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11. The Cuban Cafe

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4232 Decker Dr
Baytown, TX 77520
(281) 424-2233
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The Cuban Cafe in Baytown is a quick-bite joint making authentic Cuban sandwiches and coffee. Worth a stop for breakfast or lunch, the humble cafe serves big portions for a small price. Add a side of fried yuca and a cafe con leche.

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12. The Spot

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3204 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 621-5237
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This popular Galveston spot is known for hearty American grub like burgers, onion rings, and fried shrimp. With a multi-level deck and ocean views, it’s the perfect pit stop after a long day at the beach. Top it off with a milkshake, homemade dessert, or frozen concoction at the adjacent Tiki Bar.

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13. Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar

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2107 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 744-8626
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When you’re in the mood for a steaming pot of gumbo, look no further than Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar. If you’re really hungry after a day of strolling The Strand in Galveston, you won’t be after ordering a “big daddy” portion. Aside from the gumbo, it offers a wide seafood selection including po-boys and oyster platters.

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14. Mosquito Cafe

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628 14th St
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-1010
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Housed in an 1870s building in the East End Historic District of Galveston, Mosquito Cafe is a breakfast and brunch favorite. Highlights of the casual cafe include the house eggs benedict with sautéed shrimp, scratch-made pancakes, and shrimp tacos.

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15. The Rodair Roadhouse

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6701 Jade Ave
Port Arthur, TX 77640

Head east to Port Arthur for Rodair Roadhouse’s down-home Cajun and Creole food. Favorites like fried green tomatoes and crawfish mac and cheese are served by friendly staff. The lively bar has a country flair and inviting atmosphere.

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1. Royer's Round Top Cafe

Main St, Round Top, TX
Royers Cafe/Facebook

A trip to the tiny Texas town of Round Top isn’t complete without a visit to this quirky country cafe. From the savory fried chicken to a solid selection of pies, everything is homemade. The decadent sweet n’ salty pie got a nod from the Food Network as one of the top five chocolate desserts in the country.

Main St
Round Top, TX

2. The Inn at Dos Brisas

10000 Champion Dr, Washington, TX
The Inn at Dos Brisas

Located in Washington, east of Brenham, the luxurious Inn at Dos Brisas is home to a rising star of a restaurant worth the scenic drive. The farm-to-table establishment cultivates fresh ingredients from its organic farm for a rotating menu. With a 7,000-bottle wine cellar and sweeping Hill Country views, this destination restaurant makes for a romantic getaway.

10000 Champion Dr
Washington, TX

3. The Point

608 1st St, Palacios, TX 77465
The Point/Facebook

Despite a recent claim to fame on “Parts Unknown,” this family-run joint has been a Palacios staple for years. What started as a convenience store for the fishing community now serves up some of the best Vietnamese food around. From banh mi to pho, everything is made fresh—including the head chef’s mean breakfast tacos.

608 1st St
Palacios, TX 77465

4. Tejas Chocolate Craftory

200 N Elm St, Tomball, TX 77375
Tejas Chocolate Craftory/Facebook

Starting as a craft chocolate business, Tejas Chocolate Craftory has evolved into a can’t-miss barbecue outlet. Housed in the oldest building in Tomball, it ranked as the No. 6 spot on Texas Monthly’s annual best-of list. For a tasty combination of the two concepts, order up their smoked meats with the house mole barbecue sauce.

200 N Elm St
Tomball, TX 77375

5. Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish

5901 W Davis St, Conroe, TX 77304
Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish/Facebook

This casual country outpost in Lake Conroe is a Montgomery County staple. Hot, generous portions of fried catfish, hushpuppies, and green tomato relish are served up in a no-frills setting.

5901 W Davis St
Conroe, TX 77304

6. Corkscrew BBQ

26608 Keith St, Spring, TX 77373
Corkscrew BBQ/Facebook

Best to arrive early at Corkscrew BBQ in Old Town Spring, as they tend to sell out most afternoons. Its moist brisket and tender beef ribs (which are only offered on Saturdays) recently earned it a top 10 spot on Texas Monthly’s coveted barbecue list.

26608 Keith St
Spring, TX 77373

7. Southern Style Seafood Co.

4620 Pearson Ln, Atascocita, TX 77346
Southern Style Seafood Co./Facebook

This bright red food trailer is known for its freshly-fried (and otherwise prepared) seafood. Humble residents laud the outpost for its friendly service and steaming hot combos of catfish, shrimp, hush puppies, and boudin balls.

4620 Pearson Ln
Atascocita, TX 77346

8. Curry Sultan

5350 FM 1960, Humble, TX 77346
Curry Sultan/Facebook

This unassuming Indian restaurant is one of Humble’s hidden gems. The family-owned joint prepares authentic dishes, each bursting with spice and flavor. The melt-in-your-mouth lamb, shrimp biryani, and refreshing mint lemonade make this a go-to lunch spot.

5350 FM 1960
Humble, TX 77346

9. Merlion Restaurant

1301 4th St, Seabrook, TX 77586
Merlion Restaurant/Facebook

Creative Thai food and an extensive wine selection make this cozy Seabrook restaurant a standout. Curries are the real star here; add your choice of meat or seafood and as much spice as your heart desires. Chow down in the Merlion Restaurant’s stylish digs or on the charming patio.

1301 4th St
Seabrook, TX 77586

10. T-Bone Tom’s

1301 4th St, Seabrook, TX 77586
T-Bone Tom’s/Facebook

Kemah staple T-Bone Tom’s is well-known for its lively atmosphere and expansive “Backyard,” featuring live music on the weekends. Fill up on armadillo eggs, aka brisket-stuffed fried jalapenos, before ordering a chicken fried steak or marinated rib eye.

1301 4th St
Seabrook, TX 77586

11. The Cuban Cafe

4232 Decker Dr, Baytown, TX 77520
The Cuban Cafe/Facebook

The Cuban Cafe in Baytown is a quick-bite joint making authentic Cuban sandwiches and coffee. Worth a stop for breakfast or lunch, the humble cafe serves big portions for a small price. Add a side of fried yuca and a cafe con leche.

4232 Decker Dr
Baytown, TX 77520

12. The Spot

3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
The Spot/Facebook

This popular Galveston spot is known for hearty American grub like burgers, onion rings, and fried shrimp. With a multi-level deck and ocean views, it’s the perfect pit stop after a long day at the beach. Top it off with a milkshake, homemade dessert, or frozen concoction at the adjacent Tiki Bar.

3204 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77550

13. Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar

2107 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550
Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar/Facebook

When you’re in the mood for a steaming pot of gumbo, look no further than Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar. If you’re really hungry after a day of strolling The Strand in Galveston, you won’t be after ordering a “big daddy” portion. Aside from the gumbo, it offers a wide seafood selection including po-boys and oyster platters.

2107 Postoffice St
Galveston, TX 77550

14. Mosquito Cafe

628 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550
Mosquito Cafe/Facebook

Housed in an 1870s building in the East End Historic District of Galveston, Mosquito Cafe is a breakfast and brunch favorite. Highlights of the casual cafe include the house eggs benedict with sautéed shrimp, scratch-made pancakes, and shrimp tacos.

628 14th St
Galveston, TX 77550

15. The Rodair Roadhouse

6701 Jade Ave, Port Arthur, TX 77640
The Rodair Roadhouse/Facebook

Head east to Port Arthur for Rodair Roadhouse’s down-home Cajun and Creole food. Favorites like fried green tomatoes and crawfish mac and cheese are served by friendly staff. The lively bar has a country flair and inviting atmosphere.

6701 Jade Ave
Port Arthur, TX 77640

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