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Community Restaurants

Fielding’s Wood Grill

(Note: Pictures are half of the Texas blue cheese burger, the Point Reyes martini, the sriracha hummus and the Parmesan truffle fries.)

Everyone loves happy hour and many Woodlands restaurants have some great deals if you have the time to take advantage of them.  Whether it is lunch, weekend brunch, happy hour, or dinner, Fielding’s Wood Grill at 1699 Research Forest is one of my favorite locally owned restaurants.  Their happy hour has select $3 beers, select $4 glasses of wine, 50% off specialty cocktails, and an assortment of $4 starters (Happy Hour prices at the bar only).  The cocktail menu is interesting and solid; the fourteen or so craft beers on tap offer a great variety and change often.  They even have adult milkshakes!  The sriracha hummus served with plantain chips is my favorite of the starters.  I enjoy sitting in the bar area where it feels like an adult space.  If you have little ones, they will love the iPad bar where they can play while adults can keep an eye on them.

Fielding’s has it all, and most everything is freshly made.   They have my favorite burgers in The Woodlands.  The 44 Farms all natural Texas beef is ground daily, served on fresh made buns and cooked over pecan and oak wood. They have a burger for everyone whether you like a basic one or one with exotic ingredients.  The Texas blues burger with Point Reyes blue cheese and  jalapeños is a favorite of mine.  They make their own bacon, so make sure you add that to any burger to make it stand out.

Other favorites include the tender and juicy half chicken and the kale and blueberry salad.  Fielding’s makes their own salad dressings.   The  kale blueberry salad features kale, cauliflower, blueberries, warm goat cheese and a sun-dried tomato dressing — veggie heaven. Don’t overlook the arepas either.  If you aren’t familiar with this Venezuelan sandwich, order one to share as an appetizer and expand your gastronomic horizon.

Brunch is a busy and popular time on weekends at Fielding’s.  They have a great menu offering fresh homemade cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, and other breakfast delights. Their homemade gelato is used in the french toast for a rich wonderful flavor.  Once you’ve had their Bloody Mary flight, it will be your favorite way to celebrate the weekend.

Community Restaurants

Deacon Baldy’s

Image Courtasy of DeaconBaldys.com

A few Saturday nights ago, I wanted to go eat at Deacon Baldy’s. It was 6pm and I had to drive around the parking lots for about 8 minutes before I finally gave up and left. There was not a single place to park and even the iffy places were taken. This is THE most popular place on weekends and that speaks for itself. It is a food truck park that has about four to five regular food trucks, visiting trucks on the weekends, lots of craft beer, and live music on the weekends. The best trucks for me are BBQ Godfather and Beefy’s. But Cousins Maine, Craft Burger, and The Greek Squad are also great. Beefy’s has amazing asian pulled pork and even offers tater tots with it on top. Genius! It has the perfect amount of heat to give it depth. I crave this for days on end. The BBQ at BBQ Godfather is amazing whether you are eating the perfectly rendered brisket or the awesome sides. The burgers at Craft are big, juicy, and worth the wait. Their fries are some of my favorites in the area too. All of these items pair perfectly with the large selection of craft beers — if you consider 40 taps a large selection! For folks from the northeast, the lobster rolls at Cousins are just like I had in Maine last summer. They fly the lobster in so it is authentic. This is a really fun place to catch up with friends, grab a cold one, and everyone gets to eat what they want. Just plan to go early so you can find a place to park!

Community Restaurants

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Tommy Bahama

I love a good Happy Hour and Tommy Bahama at Market Street has a great one.  There are several good cocktails at happy hour prices as well as wines and beers.  And of course, they have several great appetizers to go with those awesome drinks.  Service is stellar, attentive but relaxed, and the decor makes you forgot your worries and pretend you are on a tropical island somewhere.  Whether you are at happy hour, lunch, or dinner, the macadamia encrusted goat cheese is THE appetizer to get.  It is totally addictive. It is one of the best appetizers anywhere in The Woodlands.  The duo of dips is fantastic too.  I love that spicy guacamole.  I don’t eat coconut, but the coconut shrimp is one of the most popular items at this restaurant. The edge that Tommy Bahama’s has over other chains is that their food is unique and different.  The menu is a bit different and most dishes have something special in them that makes them memorable.  It is one of the few restaurants in the area where I like many different things on the menu instead of having one or two favorites. For entrees, I love the fish and chips.  The fish is always moist and delicious and i love their tartar sauce.  The chips are made of yucca and are a perfect complement to the fish and the tangy slaw. The Parmesan crusted Sanibel chicken with the red pepper sauce is another outstanding dish that is a best seller.  They have some of the best, freshest and most interesting salads around.  The Filet Mignon salad is absolute amazing.  It is truly a gourmet salad that is a filling meal.  The grilled chicken and mango salad is bright, different, and satisfying.  So, head over to Tommy Bahama and pretend you are away from it all in a tropical paradise. You will love it!

Restaurant Website: http://www.tommybahama.com/restaurants/woodlands

Submitted by Restaurant Review Contributor, Terri Olson

Community Restaurants

CoffeeShop Company

CoffeeShop Company

We all saw them build the Coffeeshop Company on the feeder road of I-45, south of Woodlands Parkway as we are leaving The Woodlands.  I wondered if I would ever go there since you had to NOT get on I-45 but figure out how to get on the feeder!  But it is worth it to figure that out if you want a unique European experience right here in Texas.  They have a wonderful European style breakfast and lunch menu and a plethora of coffee drinks. Their regular coffee comes in three intensities so there is a strength for everyone.  If you want a mocha or a hot chocolate, you decide between dark or white.  There are also a good selection of teas. They have a great selection of muffins which are American sized even though this is an Austrian company.  Their croissants are fresh and amazing and pair perfectly with their jams. I love their smoked salmon with herbed cream cheese on a bagel.  My second favorite is the croissant with mango chutney, walnuts, brie, and arugula.    They have several breakfast combos that are perfect for sharing.  The cake menu is drool worthy.  I’ve always felt the typical Austrian sacre tart is wonderful and their version is spot on to the ones I’ve had in Austria. When you need a decadent treat, head over and enjoy a slice of Europe here in The Woodlands.

Website: http://www.coffeeshopthewoodlands.com/

Neighborhoods

Top Five Things to do in Woodlands, Texas after You Settle into Your New Home

Moving to a new place can be a nerve wracking, unsettling process, but once you’ve settled in, the best way to integrate into your new home is to experience everything it has to offer. Luckily for you, Woodlands, Texas, has a lot for you to enjoy. Don’t know where to start? Let this article guide your next adventure in your new home.

 

  • Hit the Water

The Woodlands is home to the Woodlands Waterway, which offers boat rides along a 1.25 mile long transportation corridor and park. You can have a tour along the waterway on one of their trolleys, or check out some of the restaurants and stores in Waterway Square. The Woodlands Waterway also has a huge public square decorated with beautiful greenspaces and fountains that combine jets, falls, lights, and cascades to create mesmerizing displays.

 

  • Grab Some Food

When it comes to restaurants, the Woodlands won’t leave you wanting. There are dozens of different kinds of cuisine for you to sample as you settle in. Whether you’re alone, with your friends, or on a date, you’re sure to find a restaurant with the perfect atmosphere, and with the kind of variety the Woodlands boasts, there’s no way you won’t be able to find the food you’re craving. And if you happen to find yourself at the Woodlands Waterway, there are plenty of restaurants overlooking the water, so you can enjoy your food with a lovely view.

 

  • See a Movie

If you’re a film fanatic, Tinsel town at the Woodlands is equipped with high quality sound systems, stadium style seating, and seventeen big screens—in short, everything you need for a fantastic movie night. In addition, the theatre on Market Street offers five auditoriums where you can see both mainstream movies and indie films, so you’re guaranteed to find a flick worth watching.

 

  • Catch a Concert

For music lovers, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is a great place to be. In fact, the Pavilion is considered one of the best concert venues in the world! With 17000 outdoor seats and about sixty performances a year, there’s no better place to go for a concert. The concerts at the Pavilion cover a wide variety of genres, so you’re bound to find something you like. And once you experience the Pavilion, you’ll understand why it’s regarded so highly.

 

  • Row Your Boat

The Woodlands is especially fun for outdoorsy types, so if you fit that description, Riva Row Boat House should definitely be on your list of destinations. Riva Row Boat House is a 1.6 acre park in the Woodlands Waterway. There you can rent kayaks for yourself or to share, lifejackets, and oars so you can kayak your way through the Woodlands and get a fresh perspective on your new home.

 

The Woodlands has no shortage of things to see and do, so no matter what you enjoy, you’re bound to find a place to go for it. Once you’ve settled in, head out and experience your new home firsthand!