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In my opinion, TRIS is the best restaurant in The Woodlands or surrounding area.  It can easily hold its own with the best Houston has to offer.  It has amazing food, great service and is a beautiful space. I love that it does all three of those things beautifully — food, service, ambience.  The food is amazing.  Chef Austin Simmons sources from the best farms and ranches in Texas, and it shows in every bite.  They have a crab appetizer that is incredible.  The crab is cooked in brown butter and served on a kimchi pancake. I order it every time and would pay twice what they charge.  It is that good.  The hamachi tostado is also an amazing appetizer.  It is shredded cabbage, Peanuts, Shaved Onion, Serrano, and Thai Vinaigrette mixed with hamachi and served on a crispy thin tostada.  My husbands favorite is the Tom Yum shrimp soup.  I think every entree on the menu is amazing too.  The Patagonian Toothfish is fantastic.  The fish is always cooked perfectly.  The surf and turf is a dish to write home about.  It is a filet and lobster thermidor.  Beautifully plated, either dish would stand alone as an amazing meal, but together they are a party on a plate.  I’ve recently had the duck and the venison entrees and both were perfectly paired with side dishes that brilliantly enhanced the protein.    It is rare that a restaurant has amazing appetizers, entrees AND dessert.  But TRIS  has some of the best desserts around.  My favorite is the pecan pie.  I grew up in the south and this is perfection.  The chocolate cake is also great.  The deconstructed banana pudding is probably the most surprising.  It looks fancy, but tastes like Grandma’s. The bread pudding is amazing, and that is saying something for this Louisiana born girl.  There aren’t enough superlatives for this place.  Besides dinner, TRIS has an amazing happy hour and lunch.  They’ve put some real thought and playful experimentation into their cocktails.  The green monster is so flavorful.  There is a Chef’s burger on the happy hour menu that is superb.  I might be addicted to their french fries too. Lunch is priced right and still has the caliber of food you expect at night. The space is elegant yet never stuffy.  The artwork is playful and sophisticated.  It is a place that I absolutely love.

Terri Olson

After 34 years working for a global oil company, Terri retired to travel more and spend time with family. She is a foodie-wanna-be and loves to travel, try new foods, and enjoy the local cuisine in The Woodlands. She became interested in dining experiences after living and working abroad in Europe and trying many new foods and restaurants in Copenhagen and London.

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