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What to Eat in Lake Conroe

It's not just for golf-nuts and aqua hippies anymore.

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Sixty miles north-west of Houston in Montgomery County, Lake Conroe has always been a getaway for in-the-know Houstonians looking to escape the heat without having to travel far. Now with a Tiger Woods golf course en route and the newly constructed Exxon Mobil, it's about to take on a lot more folks looking for food. While the current restaurant scene is filed under "developing," there are still a handful of good spots to try. Here: a list of six places worth a visit along Highway 105.
— Emily Bond
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vernon's Kuntry Katfish

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5901 W Davis St
Conroe, TX 77304
(936) 760-3386
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Gourmet magazine reviewed Vernon's Kuntry Katfish in 1999 and the place has maintained its local fame ever since. Go for classic Southern soul food: catfish prepared every way imaginable and the Good Pie made with cream cheese, layers of banana and pineapple, and a willowy lop of whipped cream, chocolate and pecans.

[Photo: Albert Moyer Jr.]

2. B-52 Brewing Company

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12470 Milroy Ln
Conroe, TX 77304
(936) 447-4677
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This friend- and family-owned craft brewery opened last summer on six densely wooded acres, just off 105. Brewmasters Chad and Bret Daniel infuse casks with roasted coconut to create a mosaic-hopped Wheat IPA for the summer. There are also plenty of pilsners, seasonal brews, stouts, and a rye saison — depending on your tastes. Ping-pong tables, weekend food trucks, fire pits and picnic tables complete the vacation vibe.

[Photo: Courtesy B-52]

3. Tony's Italian Delicatessen

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16283 Highway 105 W
Montgomery, TX 77356
(936) 588-4800
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This Italian deli is slightly hidden in a small strip center across from the April Sound gated community on 105. Make that U-turn, and your pesto game will never be the same. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., owner Tony Nicoletta has been cooking for over 30 years and has owned 15 restaurants. He believed moving to Texas might afford him the time to relax and open a small eatery. But with a menu spanning authentic deli sandwiches, fresh-baked focaccia, muffalettas, deli salads, soups, cannoli, Italian wedding cookies, groceries, and Banza breads stuffed with homemade sausage, Nicoletta isn't getting the respite he might have hoped for.

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4. Fajita Jack's

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15256 Texas 105
Montgomery, TX 77356
They had us at dockside pull-up and queso. But there are also frozen mango margaritas and Chicken Poblano Tacos with cream sauce. This Tex-Mex spot isn't going to win any awards, but the queso is thick and the view is incredible.

5. Akashi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

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This relative newcomer to the lake offers a change of pace from all the barbecue and chain restaurants nearby. Skip the "Chinese Dinner" section of the menu and order from the lengthy sushi options.

Place, City. [Photo: Yelp]

6. Cozy Grape Wine Bar & Bistro

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This woodsy respite has a gazebo-style deck, and slightly more upmarket offerings than your average Lake Conroe joint. Think panini, salads and "regional classics" like chicken enchiladas and kielbasa with red beans and rice. Go for weekday lunch and your glass of cabernet is just $5.

[Photo: Yelp]

7. Cozy Grape Wine Bar & Bistro

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1. Vernon's Kuntry Katfish

5901 W Davis St, Conroe, TX 77304
Gourmet magazine reviewed Vernon's Kuntry Katfish in 1999 and the place has maintained its local fame ever since. Go for classic Southern soul food: catfish prepared every way imaginable and the Good Pie made with cream cheese, layers of banana and pineapple, and a willowy lop of whipped cream, chocolate and pecans.

[Photo: Albert Moyer Jr.]

5901 W Davis St
Conroe, TX 77304

2. B-52 Brewing Company

12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304
This friend- and family-owned craft brewery opened last summer on six densely wooded acres, just off 105. Brewmasters Chad and Bret Daniel infuse casks with roasted coconut to create a mosaic-hopped Wheat IPA for the summer. There are also plenty of pilsners, seasonal brews, stouts, and a rye saison — depending on your tastes. Ping-pong tables, weekend food trucks, fire pits and picnic tables complete the vacation vibe.

[Photo: Courtesy B-52]

12470 Milroy Ln
Conroe, TX 77304

3. Tony's Italian Delicatessen

16283 Highway 105 W, Montgomery, TX 77356
This Italian deli is slightly hidden in a small strip center across from the April Sound gated community on 105. Make that U-turn, and your pesto game will never be the same. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., owner Tony Nicoletta has been cooking for over 30 years and has owned 15 restaurants. He believed moving to Texas might afford him the time to relax and open a small eatery. But with a menu spanning authentic deli sandwiches, fresh-baked focaccia, muffalettas, deli salads, soups, cannoli, Italian wedding cookies, groceries, and Banza breads stuffed with homemade sausage, Nicoletta isn't getting the respite he might have hoped for.

[Photo: Facebook]

16283 Highway 105 W
Montgomery, TX 77356

4. Fajita Jack's

15256 Texas 105, Montgomery, TX 77356
They had us at dockside pull-up and queso. But there are also frozen mango margaritas and Chicken Poblano Tacos with cream sauce. This Tex-Mex spot isn't going to win any awards, but the queso is thick and the view is incredible.
15256 Texas 105
Montgomery, TX 77356

5. Akashi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

15250 Hwy 105 Montgomery, Texas 77356
This relative newcomer to the lake offers a change of pace from all the barbecue and chain restaurants nearby. Skip the "Chinese Dinner" section of the menu and order from the lengthy sushi options.

Place, City. [Photo: Yelp]

6. Cozy Grape Wine Bar & Bistro

Montgomery, TX 77356
This woodsy respite has a gazebo-style deck, and slightly more upmarket offerings than your average Lake Conroe joint. Think panini, salads and "regional classics" like chicken enchiladas and kielbasa with red beans and rice. Go for weekday lunch and your glass of cabernet is just $5.

[Photo: Yelp]

7. Cozy Grape Wine Bar & Bistro

Montgomery, TX 77356

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