Eats – Texas

Landry’s (Galveston) = Some of the best seafood you will find anywhere.  They have lunch specials during the week which will save you money.  We love their seafood stuffed jalapenos!

The Original (Galveston) – Great Mexican food but no on-site parking.  This is where Steph had her rehearsal dinner.

Gringo’s (Houston) – Another great Tex-Mex restaurant.  We go there often.

BJ’s (Houston) – This restaurant has a diverse menu and excellent food.  It is located on Bay Area Blvd.

Yolk to Yolk (Houston) – I’ve never done a review for breakfast before today but I gotta tell you this place is great.  I got a Loco Skillet which was loaded with potatoes, chorizo, jalapeños,, mushrooms and a chicken breast which had the perfect combination of spices.  Wonderful meal plus very reasonable, plus 15% AARP discount.

Guido’s (Galveston) – This restaurant had dropped off our radar for several years.  The last time we came here was disappointing.  Today’s meal was much different.  We shared a cup of shrimp bisque which was excellent.  I had crab stuffed shrimp (5) and Deb had Shrimp Peques (embroche).  Wow, these dinners were clearly the best meals we’ve had since we got here.  The drawback is the meals are about $5 more than everyone else but today it was worth it.

Salsa’s (Galveston) – Went for happy hour with friends and enjoyed a large sampler platter and margaritas.  Top shelf margarita was wonderful (on the rocks).

Cypress Inn Restaurant (Comfort, Tx) – Great porkchop for cheap!

Kountry Bakery (Schulenburg) – Best kolache ever!

Manny’s Cafe (Comfort) – wonderful TexMex and great chili con Queso.

Maggianos (Houston, Baybrook Mall) – I typically don’t rate restaurants based on salads but here I will make an exception. We started with good Italian bread with a wonderful dipping oil. Deb had a salad with chicken and I had one with salmon. Both were good but the salad dressings which are made in house were amazing.

Sam’s Boat (Houston) – this was an amazing culinary experience. We started with a crab queso which was fantastic even though it was the most expensive thing we got! It came with jalapeño chips although extra chips were extra. Deb got the lunch fish basket with three fillets, two hush puppies and seasoned fries. Amazing, and we brought half of it back. I got a chicken wrap and fries which was very good. Service was a bit slow but the quality of the food got them a good tip. We will return!

Sodolak’s (Bryan) – Deb and I both had their massive chicken fried steak! Delicious! Rolls were fresh too.

La Botona (Bryan) – You can judge how good a Mexican restaurant is by their beef fajitas. We also ordered their queso which was good but not great. But, their fajitas were excellent! We prob got a pound of skirt steak for $21. Simply wonderful plus inexpensive!

Cotton Patch Cafe (Bryan) – This restaurant features southern style cooking at affordable prices. We started with fried green tomatoes which were slightly greasy but very tasty and crisp. I had a three cheese bacon burger with fries which was very good. Pictures below.

Mamacita’s (Fredericksburg) – Wonderful TexMex food! Their fajitas are lightly marinated but very flavorful. Also, their flaming Chili con Queso is delicious.

Fredericksburg Brewing Company (Fredericksburg) – The Green Chile Burger with the Jalapeño bun was absolutely wonderful. It was decked out with poblano and jalapeño peppers. OMG Battered fries and onion rings weren’t bad either!

West End Pizza Company (Fredericksburg) – simply one of the best pizzas we ever had. We added jalapeño to the meat lovers pizza and loved it!

Alice Springs Cafe (Fredericksburg) – This place was rated one of the best places in Texas for a burger by Texas Monthly magazine so we decided to check it out. I ordered their Green Chile Cheeseburger with onion rings and was not disappointed! The half pound burger was delicious and juicy. The onion rings were hand battered and tasty. We will definitely go back!

Rathskeller (Fredericksburg) – I had one of the best chicken fried steak I’ve ever had! The mashed potatoes were seasoned and tasty. The green beans were…uh..canned with some bacon.Deb’s chicken fried chicken was tasty but the crust would not stay on the chicken.

It’s in the basement!

La Tequela Jalisco (Fredericksburg) – We had their beef fajitas which were very tasty, however not marinated. Their prices were very reasonable. We were very impressed!

Nancy’s Steakhouse (Columbus) – We drove to Weimer from Fredericksburg and asked where we could have lunch. They directed us here and we were pleasantly surprised. I had some rolls (ok a best), salad bar (was ok), a hamburger steak (very good) with broccoli (cooked Texas style) all for $12 lunch. Would go back!

Texadelphia (Galveston) – We had one of the best patty melts with caramelized onions, pickled jalapeño, Swiss cheese, creamy jalapeño ranch and tomato-onion jam. It packed a punch! Also, the onion rings were beer battered and vid too separate from the coating.

Gumbo Diner (Galveston) – Where do I begin here? Ok, we started with the seafood stuffed jalapeños which were pricey but really spicy. Deb went thru three orders of water having the appetizer. Deb had chicken fried chicken and I had chicken fried steak which were both hand breaded and tasty. The sides (mashed potatoes and green beans) were good too.

Stingeree Restaurant (Crystal Beach) – we got some of the best seafood in the area here. It’s a 75 minute drive from our campground via the Boliver Ferry but it was certainly worth it. We started with seafood stuffed jalapeños which were hand battered and fried very crispy. I had the shrimp platter and Deb had the broiled seafood platter….both were great. Plus, since it was on the inter coastal water way we had a great view of passing ships. We definitely will return.

Seafood stuffed jalapenos
Shrimp gumbo, honey-jalapeño shrimp, stuffed shrimp, broiled shrimp, boiled shrimp

Qing Qing (Texas City) – Deb had a craving for Chinese food so we decided to try this little restaurant. The thirteen tables weren’t full because most of their food is take out. You ordered at a window, ate on paper plates, saw refineries out your window…let’s fact it ambiance isn’t headed that way. But, the food was inexpensive, you got a lot, and it was better than any buffet. But, it is a convenient place to go with good food. Just don’t have high initial expectations.

BB’s Tex-Orleans (Pearland) – Wonderful, crispy fried fish and shrimp!