When people started raving about how great Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse was, I was surprised that a restaurant inside a Holiday Inn was getting such great foodie reviews. Well, it far exceeded my expectations. This gem sitting inside the Shenandoah hotel has some amazing steaks and Italian classics. I think the steaks here are the best in the area, and yet they cost much less than the more expensive steak houses. I love the filet trio with different toppings. The horseradish topping is amazing. The filet was flavorful and tender. The dish is three portions of filet, each topped with a different topping. The steaks are served with a salad, bread, and a side dish. The garlic potatoes are fantastic. The Italian classics are great too. The lasagna is cheesy and spiced perfectly. The chicken parmigiana is tender, juicy, and comforting. The crab stuffed shrimp is a great seafood dish rounding out the diverse menu. The limoncello raspberry cake is the perfect way to end a fantastic dining experience here. The service was friendly and fast. Johnny’s also has a great bar that makes a great martini at happy hour. The bar service is friendly and the bartenders are knowledgeable. Johnnys is open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. This will definitely be a part of my regular mix of restaurants I frequent.
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Image from The Refuge Steakhouse and Bourbon Bar
The newest upscale restaurant in Creekside is The Refuge Steakhouse and Bourbon Bar. On a recent Monday night, the place was packed with people enjoying themselves. I recommend you start in the bar. This is probably my favorite bar in The Woodlands. The gorgeous rustic decor makes you want to stay all night. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. On a recent night, we tasted several bourbons, bourbon cocktails, and bourbons flavored with all sorts of interesting things like mint, chocolate, and coffee. They were all superb. The non bourbon drinks were excellent too. In the dining room, our favorite appetizer was the pork belly three ways. It was perfect to share between three people and very tasty. The steaks and seafood on the menu are all excellent. Steaks come with a choice of two sides which are large. I loved the flavorful brussels sprouts and macaroni and cheese. Including the sides makes it very reasonably priced and made it plenty for two meals. The sea bass is one of the best in the area and was cooked to perfection. There are lots of other things on the menu I cant wait to try. The chicken fried rib-eye and the mojo marinated pork tenderloin both tempted me! Save room for dessert because the chocolate cake is fudgy and delicious. One really cool thing they do at The Refuge is a pub run. On Monday nights, a group of local runners meet and run, and then cool off on the patio with a few beers. It looked like a fun group and a great way to build community. I think The Refuge is going to be one of the long term favorites in this area.
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It’s Taco Tuesday and you have to have tacos. Where do you go? My favorite taco place is Hello Taco on the edge of The Woodlands. It is a simple place that has fresh wonderful tacos and other Mexican specialties. The key to this place is the fresh ingredients. They make the flour tortillas in a big tortilla press when you place your order. They taste so good I could eat them alone. They have every kind of taco you could want, but my favorite is always the shredded beef. Decide what kind of meat (veggie available) you want and then you pick what toppings you want on it. There are lots of toppings and everything is very fresh. The guacamole is excellent and seasoned perfectly. I always get the queso fresco, cilantro, and fresh pico de gallo for toppings. Then I top it off with sour cream and spicy salsa. The tacos melt in your mouth. Although I’m partial to the beef, they also have excellent el pastor, barbacoa, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, salads, and burritos. I always check out the specials as these are sometimes amazing and cause me to detour from my usual. Their posole is fantastic. This is a friendly family run operation and you won’t be disappointed.
Leisure lifestyle is at your fingertips! This home is perfect for those looking for an active lifestyle, lock and leave plus low maintenance! Located in the gated community of Windsor Lakes with the clubhouse, pool and courts…who could ask for more! Open floor plan, huge master, extended covered patio in beautifully landscaped yard! Kitchen with granite and stainless appliances. Friendly neighbors…planned activities make for fun…or…relax in privacy of your own home & backyard…your choice! Convenient location!
(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.