After our drive through the middle of the United States we ended up staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Spring Texas as it wasn’t far outside of Houston, it was a safe area, and there were a lot of places to eat around it. Since we were in Spring for nearly two weeks we were able to experience many different kinds of foods and out of all the places we tried the following are my top 5 picks.
Rudy’s is located just off the I-45 in Spring and was the best BBQ we tried while in Texas. The restaurants style was informal and very country. When you come through the door you wait in a line which has the menus displayed on televisions so you can plan what you are going to order before you get to the cashier. We had never been before so our cashier explained how the process worked to us and helped us decide what to order. He was very friendly and super helpful! I ordered a brisket sandwich and my fiancé ordered brisket by the pound (they give you bread or a bun when you order meat by the pound). We decided to try the creamed corn, coleslaw, and potato salad for our sides and the apple cobbler for dessert. It was a lot of food but it was outstanding.
My next favorite restaurant was Rakuu, sushi bar and Asian cuisine. We arrived just before happy hour ended, grabbed a seat at the bar, which was awesome because we were able to watch them roll the sushi right there, and ordered edamame and spring rolls (what I would consider pork salad rolls, but still delicious). The menu is extensive and has all of my favorite Asian Cuisines, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese, so it was difficult to decide what to order, however, we opted for sushi. The rolls we ordered included the California roll, the Lafayetta roll (it had crawfish on it and was so good), and the Spider roll (fried soft shell crab, yum yum yummy).
This was the last place we ate in Spring before we left but I wish we went more than once. Gringo’s is a tex-mex restaurant with some deadly margaritas. Since it was our last night we both decided to go big, before showing ourselves home, with the Sparkler margarita (frozen margarita with brut champagne) and the Corona Rita (aka a bulldog). I elected to try the border sampler which included chicken quesadillas, beef fajita nachos, chicken taquitos, southwest egg rolls, and beef empanadas. I loved the southwest egg rolls and the beef empanadas. One of my favorite things to do at restaurants is to try as many items as possible without stuffing my face too much, hence my love for sample platters!
4. Crabby Daddy
Crabby Daddy was recommended to us by a few people we had talked to in our first couple days in Spring. One night we were both craving seafood so we thought we would give it a go. Man, were we impressed. Again, I wanted to try as many different things as I could and my fiancé is a good sport so we selected the Nantucket Shell Shock mussels and the Crabby Bucket which included a bunch of snow crab, shrimp, sausage, corn, and a crawfish that was thrown in for me since I had never tried one before. Our server was very good and kept the beers flowing and the crab was so much better than the stuff we get at home here in Calgary. I was definitely impressed.
5. P.F. Chang’s
Last but certainly not least is P.F. Chang’s. I had never eaten at one before so we decided to try it out for lunch one day. Technically the one we visited was in the Woodlands and was attached to the Woodlands mall, which is nothing special in my personal opinion, don’t waste your time if you’re looking to do some shopping, find a Nordstrom Rack or outlet mall for better deals. Since we were there for lunch we chose to do our own separate meals and I was craving soup so I went with the Chang’s Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup. I did get some funny looks for eating this all by myself since it is typically a dish that is shared but that didn’t faze me. We shared Cecillia’s Pork Dumplings and they were some of the best dumplings I think I have ever tried. There is no doubt in my mind I will be returning to a P.F. Chang’s the next time I am in the U.S..
Obviously these are not the only places I ate while in Texas but they were definitely my favorites and I would highly recommend checking them out if you’re ever in Spring/the Woodlands area. A few places that do deserve mention are Bombshells, Potbelly’s, and Chipotle; however, I can assure you I will be posting about these at another time, especially Chipotle :).