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Amerigo’s Grille

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Amerigo’s Grille has been in The Woodlands over 30 years.  A young acquaintance recommended it recently and I was surprised that a young hip person would know about it.  I was more surprised on my first visit that it was full of young people!  It has fast become one of my new ‘old’ favorites.  I love the bar area.  The bartenders are great and give exceptional yet relaxed service. The Happy Hour menu has an amazing charcuterie board — one of the best in the area.  My favorite on the HH menu is a tasty toasted ravioli dish that is hearty and delicious.  I know bread is often overlooked at restaurants, but their olive oil with seasonings is the perfect accompaniment to their warm crusty bread. I can’t stop eating it.  Shrimp panko and ahi tuna round out an impressive meal-worthy list of hearty Happy Hour snacks.  The dinner menu has all the items an Italian or fine dining establishment should have.  Pasta, steaks, veal, seafood, and primo vegetables are well represented. I had lamb as a recent off-the-menu special and it was exquisite.  Cooked perfectly and encrusted with rosemary, it was earthy and fresh and as good as I’ve ever had.  I never met a noodle I didn’t like, so the capellini with crawfish with shrimp and roasted garlic is a favorite.  If I’m feeling more adventurous, I go for the spaghetti nero which has squid ink pasta with rock shrimp.  The salmon is always excellent as is the cioppino.  The veal dishes are tender and rich, evoking old world fine dining. The servings are filling and generous but I recommend saving room for dessert and a lemoncella.  The amaretto cheesecake is amazing!  It is decadent and I am afraid I’m addicted.

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Hello Taco

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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.

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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.

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Deacon Baldy’s

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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!

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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