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Where to Eat in The Woodlands

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On Friday, we asked our readers for their favorite restaurants in Houston's northern suburbs. Since most of the suggestions came from The Woodlands, we compiled them into this handy map. Whether it's people moving north ahead of Exxon's move to its new campus or just inner-loopers looking for someplace to eat before a concert at the Pavilion, there's no shortage of solid options. That it features mostly locally-owned, one-off restaurants is a testament to the extent to which The Woodlands dining scene has evolved from the normal suburban model of national chains.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Crust Pizza Co.

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4775 W Panther Creek Dr.
Spring, TX 77381
Crust serves the sort of classic, more is more American style pizza that makes Italian-oriented purists clutch their pearls. Screw 'em. These pizzas taste good, period.

2. Corkscrew BBQ

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24930 Budde Rd.
Spring, TX 77380
(832) 592-1184
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Although only a year old, Corkscrew is already considered among Houston's best barbecue options. Get there early. They sell out most days.

3. Dosey Doe

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25911 I-45 North
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 306-3649
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The live music venue brings in a solid mix of national and Texas artists, but the classic comfort food, particularly the weekend brunch, earns raves, too.

4. Capri Pasta

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N Ih 45, Lowe's Home Improvement
Houston, TX 77388
Capri's lasagna earned it a spot on Press critic Katharine Shilcutt's 100 favorite dishes of 2012. Reservations are recommended on the weekends, when the small restaurant can fill up.

5. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

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16000 Stuebner-Airline Rd.
Spring, TX 77379
(832) 698-8888
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This newcomer may be part of chain, but the extensive selection of local beers makes it a must try for beer enthusiast that don't want to drive south just to try something new.

6. Aldo's Cucina Italiana

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18450 I-45 S
Shenandoah, TX 77384
While some Yelpers complain about high prices, Aldo's entrees are priced similarly to restaurants inside the loop. Since the restaurant makes its pastas and uses good ingredients, the meal is worth the expense.

7. Hubbell & Hudson Market & Bistro

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24 Waterway Avenue
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 203-5641
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This spot combines fine dining with a gourmet grocery store for an all things to all people approach. In-house, dry aged steaks are one of the signature items.

8. The Goose's Acre

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21 Waterway Ave #140
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 466-1502
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Goose's Acre serves pub fare in a pleasant setting along the Waterway. While the taps aren't quite as craft-oriented as they could be, there are still good choices to be found.

9. Perry's Steakhouse & Grill

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6700 Woodlands Pkwy.
The Woodlands, TX 77382
(281) 362-0569
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This local steakhouse chain is knows for its signature, oversized pork chop that's carved table side. The steaks are good, too.

10. Americas

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21 Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 367-1492
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This northern outpost of the Cordua empire serves their signature South American fare in a wildly decorated dining room. The tres leches is one of Houston's best desserts.

11. Masa Sushi & Robata Bar

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4775 W Panther Creek Dr, Ste 430
The Woodlands, TX 77381
The local go to for well-prepared, fresh sushi. The daily specials are usually worth trying.

12. Chef Chan's

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7 Switchbud Pl
Spring, TX 77380
(281) 363-0037
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Every neighborhood needs a reliable option for American-style Chinese food, and Chef Chan has delivered for over 30 years.

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1. Crust Pizza Co.

4775 W Panther Creek Dr., Spring, TX 77381
Crust serves the sort of classic, more is more American style pizza that makes Italian-oriented purists clutch their pearls. Screw 'em. These pizzas taste good, period.
4775 W Panther Creek Dr.
Spring, TX 77381

2. Corkscrew BBQ

24930 Budde Rd., Spring, TX 77380
Although only a year old, Corkscrew is already considered among Houston's best barbecue options. Get there early. They sell out most days.
24930 Budde Rd.
Spring, TX 77380

3. Dosey Doe

25911 I-45 North, The Woodlands, TX 77380
The live music venue brings in a solid mix of national and Texas artists, but the classic comfort food, particularly the weekend brunch, earns raves, too.
25911 I-45 North
The Woodlands, TX 77380

4. Capri Pasta

N Ih 45, Lowe's Home Improvement, Houston, TX 77388
Capri's lasagna earned it a spot on Press critic Katharine Shilcutt's 100 favorite dishes of 2012. Reservations are recommended on the weekends, when the small restaurant can fill up.
N Ih 45, Lowe's Home Improvement
Houston, TX 77388

5. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

16000 Stuebner-Airline Rd., Spring, TX 77379
This newcomer may be part of chain, but the extensive selection of local beers makes it a must try for beer enthusiast that don't want to drive south just to try something new.
16000 Stuebner-Airline Rd.
Spring, TX 77379

6. Aldo's Cucina Italiana

18450 I-45 S, Shenandoah, TX 77384
While some Yelpers complain about high prices, Aldo's entrees are priced similarly to restaurants inside the loop. Since the restaurant makes its pastas and uses good ingredients, the meal is worth the expense.
18450 I-45 S
Shenandoah, TX 77384

7. Hubbell & Hudson Market & Bistro

24 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands, TX 77380
This spot combines fine dining with a gourmet grocery store for an all things to all people approach. In-house, dry aged steaks are one of the signature items.
24 Waterway Avenue
The Woodlands, TX 77380

8. The Goose's Acre

21 Waterway Ave #140, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Goose's Acre serves pub fare in a pleasant setting along the Waterway. While the taps aren't quite as craft-oriented as they could be, there are still good choices to be found.
21 Waterway Ave #140
The Woodlands, TX 77380

9. Perry's Steakhouse & Grill

6700 Woodlands Pkwy., The Woodlands, TX 77382
This local steakhouse chain is knows for its signature, oversized pork chop that's carved table side. The steaks are good, too.
6700 Woodlands Pkwy.
The Woodlands, TX 77382

10. Americas

21 Waterway Ave, The Woodlands, TX 77380
This northern outpost of the Cordua empire serves their signature South American fare in a wildly decorated dining room. The tres leches is one of Houston's best desserts.
21 Waterway Ave
The Woodlands, TX 77380

11. Masa Sushi & Robata Bar

4775 W Panther Creek Dr, Ste 430, The Woodlands, TX 77381
The local go to for well-prepared, fresh sushi. The daily specials are usually worth trying.
4775 W Panther Creek Dr, Ste 430
The Woodlands, TX 77381

12. Chef Chan's

7 Switchbud Pl, Spring, TX 77380
Every neighborhood needs a reliable option for American-style Chinese food, and Chef Chan has delivered for over 30 years.
7 Switchbud Pl
Spring, TX 77380

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