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Where to Eat in Houston’s Suburbs Right Now

Where to eat in and find the best takeout in Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, and more Houston-area ‘burbs

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To dine out or stay in? The conundrum is real. As restaurants across the state reopen their doors according to social distancing guidelines, stir-crazy folks who are tired of their own cooking are venturing out to dine or score takeout from their favorite establishments.

For the millions of people who live in Houston’s suburbs, finding excellent eats doesn’t have to mean a lengthy drive to the city center. Located in Spring, The Woodlands, Pearland, or Sugar Land? Here’s where to score succulent brisket, spicy crawfish, top-notch pho, and so much more without ever going inside the loop.

Note: these restaurants are currently open at limited capacity, and may require reservations. Call ahead to make a reservation, or order takeout and delivery online.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Broken Barrel

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1950 Hughes Landing Blvd #1900
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 719-8542
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Chef Hilda Ysusi is in charge of the kitchen at Broken Barrel, which resumed dine-in service at limited capacity on May 7. This Woodlands favorite boasts two retractable walls of windows near its patio, creating an open-air dining experience. Order dishes like Peruvian ceviche with aji amarillo sauce or patatas bravas with Spanish chorizo for dine-in or curbside pickup. 

2. Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina

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8865 Six Pines Dr Ste 150
Shenandoah, TX 77380
(281) 826-5150
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Score smoky Tex-Mex eats at Goode Co. Cantina, open for dine-in and carryout from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm in the Woodlands. The best of both borders is presented on a single menu including mesquite-grilled marinated redfish and carne asada steak with a cheese enchilada, along with the restaurant’s famed Brazos bottom pecan pie for dessert.   

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24 Waterway Ave #125
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 203-5641
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While its dining room is closed until further notice, Woodlands residents can still partake in a limited but elegant menu by Chef Austin Simmons’ for curbside pick-up and free delivery within the area. Order a whole rack of chili-rubbed baby back ribs and apricot barbecue sauce, complete with grilling or reheating instructions. Don’t forget dessert, either — there’s bread pudding with sea salt caramel, banana pudding, and blueberry cobbler with Make Wood Farms berries and almond-cashew-walnut streusel. 

4. Corkscrew BBQ

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26608 Keith St
Spring, TX 77373
(832) 592-1184
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Family-owned barbecue joint Corkscrew BBQ is a favorite on the Texas barbecue circuit, with folks driving far and wide to get a taste, but for Spring residents, its menu of all-natural prime Creekstone brisket, racks of pork ribs, loaded sandwiches and sides are easily accessible for dine-in and takeout from Wednesday-Saturday while supplies last. Note: this spot regularly sells out, so get there early.

5. The Union Kitchen Towne Lake

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9955 Barker Cypress Rd Suite#104
Cypress, TX 77433
(832) 653-7278
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As its name suggests, The Union Kitchen is the quintessential meeting place for eating, drinking and carrying on, even while social distancing guidelines are in effect. Its Cypress location at Towne Lake boasts waterfront views and an open-air patio on which to enjoy dishes like burgers, fresh fish platters loaded with veggies, and brick oven pizzas.

6. Keeper's

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4654 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 242-0389
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Skip a drive to the city and find top-notch sushi, seafood and sake at Keepers in Sugar Land. Currently open for dine-in and curbside pick-up, its temporary menu is still vast, with options like pork gyoza, agedashi tofu, tuna tataki and fresh sushi, and sashimi still on offer. Consider the Cowboy, a spicy tuna or salmon roll that’s garnished with blackened beef.

7. Los Tios Mexican Restaurant

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3308 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 980-1313
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Head to the Sugar Land location of this locally-owned spot for Tex-Mex comfort classics like sizzling fajitas by the pound and hearty combination plates. For a real feast, try one of the “Platos Especiales”, like the Acapulco dinner platter featuring a beef taco, guacamole salad, puffy queso, cheese enchilada and chili gravy-topped tamale — all for under $15. Place an order via the Los Tios website for curbside pickup.

8. Killen's BBQ

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3613 E Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 485-2272
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The flagship of Pearland restaurateur Ronnie Killen’s meaty empire, Killen’s massive beef ribs, juicy brisket, and freshly made sausages are among the Houston area’s best barbecue options. Expect a (socially distanced) line here, or skip any potential crowds by calling in a carryout order.

9. Pho Saigon

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11625 Broadway street Suite 155 Suite 155
Pearland, TX 77584
(346) 219-0863
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When Vietnamese food wins the vote, opt for Pho Saigon in Pearland. Brothy chicken or beef pho noodle bowls can be customized with thin or thick rice noodles, egg, or clear noodles. A host of vermicelli bowls boast fragrant ingredients like cucumber, mint leaves, bean sprouts, and lettuce.

10. Phat Eatery

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23119 Colonial Pkwy suite b-2
Katy, TX 77449
(832) 913-6382
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This wildly popular Malaysian eatery has a distinctly Houston ethos, blending flavors and ingredients in a way that can only happen here. Order Malaysian curry crawfish, satay skewers, and Malay milk tea to eat in the dining room, or take advantage of Phat Eatery’s free delivery for locals in the Katy area by ordering online.

1. Broken Barrel

1950 Hughes Landing Blvd #1900, The Woodlands, TX 77380

Chef Hilda Ysusi is in charge of the kitchen at Broken Barrel, which resumed dine-in service at limited capacity on May 7. This Woodlands favorite boasts two retractable walls of windows near its patio, creating an open-air dining experience. Order dishes like Peruvian ceviche with aji amarillo sauce or patatas bravas with Spanish chorizo for dine-in or curbside pickup. 

1950 Hughes Landing Blvd #1900
The Woodlands, TX 77380

2. Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina

8865 Six Pines Dr Ste 150, Shenandoah, TX 77380

Score smoky Tex-Mex eats at Goode Co. Cantina, open for dine-in and carryout from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm in the Woodlands. The best of both borders is presented on a single menu including mesquite-grilled marinated redfish and carne asada steak with a cheese enchilada, along with the restaurant’s famed Brazos bottom pecan pie for dessert.   

8865 Six Pines Dr Ste 150
Shenandoah, TX 77380

3. TRIS

24 Waterway Ave #125, The Woodlands, TX 77380

While its dining room is closed until further notice, Woodlands residents can still partake in a limited but elegant menu by Chef Austin Simmons’ for curbside pick-up and free delivery within the area. Order a whole rack of chili-rubbed baby back ribs and apricot barbecue sauce, complete with grilling or reheating instructions. Don’t forget dessert, either — there’s bread pudding with sea salt caramel, banana pudding, and blueberry cobbler with Make Wood Farms berries and almond-cashew-walnut streusel. 

24 Waterway Ave #125
The Woodlands, TX 77380

4. Corkscrew BBQ

26608 Keith St, Spring, TX 77373

Family-owned barbecue joint Corkscrew BBQ is a favorite on the Texas barbecue circuit, with folks driving far and wide to get a taste, but for Spring residents, its menu of all-natural prime Creekstone brisket, racks of pork ribs, loaded sandwiches and sides are easily accessible for dine-in and takeout from Wednesday-Saturday while supplies last. Note: this spot regularly sells out, so get there early.

26608 Keith St
Spring, TX 77373

5. The Union Kitchen Towne Lake

9955 Barker Cypress Rd Suite#104, Cypress, TX 77433

As its name suggests, The Union Kitchen is the quintessential meeting place for eating, drinking and carrying on, even while social distancing guidelines are in effect. Its Cypress location at Towne Lake boasts waterfront views and an open-air patio on which to enjoy dishes like burgers, fresh fish platters loaded with veggies, and brick oven pizzas.

9955 Barker Cypress Rd Suite#104
Cypress, TX 77433

6. Keeper's

4654 Hwy 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478

Skip a drive to the city and find top-notch sushi, seafood and sake at Keepers in Sugar Land. Currently open for dine-in and curbside pick-up, its temporary menu is still vast, with options like pork gyoza, agedashi tofu, tuna tataki and fresh sushi, and sashimi still on offer. Consider the Cowboy, a spicy tuna or salmon roll that’s garnished with blackened beef.

4654 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478

7. Los Tios Mexican Restaurant

3308 Hwy 6, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Head to the Sugar Land location of this locally-owned spot for Tex-Mex comfort classics like sizzling fajitas by the pound and hearty combination plates. For a real feast, try one of the “Platos Especiales”, like the Acapulco dinner platter featuring a beef taco, guacamole salad, puffy queso, cheese enchilada and chili gravy-topped tamale — all for under $15. Place an order via the Los Tios website for curbside pickup.

3308 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77479

8. Killen's BBQ

3613 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581

The flagship of Pearland restaurateur Ronnie Killen’s meaty empire, Killen’s massive beef ribs, juicy brisket, and freshly made sausages are among the Houston area’s best barbecue options. Expect a (socially distanced) line here, or skip any potential crowds by calling in a carryout order.

3613 E Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77581

9. Pho Saigon

11625 Broadway street Suite 155 Suite 155, Pearland, TX 77584

When Vietnamese food wins the vote, opt for Pho Saigon in Pearland. Brothy chicken or beef pho noodle bowls can be customized with thin or thick rice noodles, egg, or clear noodles. A host of vermicelli bowls boast fragrant ingredients like cucumber, mint leaves, bean sprouts, and lettuce.

11625 Broadway street Suite 155 Suite 155
Pearland, TX 77584

10. Phat Eatery

23119 Colonial Pkwy suite b-2, Katy, TX 77449

This wildly popular Malaysian eatery has a distinctly Houston ethos, blending flavors and ingredients in a way that can only happen here. Order Malaysian curry crawfish, satay skewers, and Malay milk tea to eat in the dining room, or take advantage of Phat Eatery’s free delivery for locals in the Katy area by ordering online.

23119 Colonial Pkwy suite b-2
Katy, TX 77449

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