Restaurants are more or less now completely open, and it’s time to get back out there and safely enjoy them! Over the past decade, The Woodlands, Texas has grown rapidly. We now have more shopping centers than ever, plenty of new neighborhood developments, and more than our fair share of unique places to eat, from organic cafes to burger bars and steakhouses. With new places to eat popping up all the time, it can be a challenge to decide where to go. Here, we’ve compiled a list highlighting a few of the most tried and true, well-loved restaurants in the area, each great for a variety of different cuisines and occasions. These locally-owned restaurants are sure to please everyone- designed to be a great place to eat for a casual lunch or an important business dinner, and everything in between.

The Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen – a classic in The Woodlands community. Off of Research Forest, this chef-inspired cafe’ serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a wide variety of intriguing menu items to suit any palette. The Kitchen is all about offering a culinary experience in a modern, casual atmosphere. Along with their extensive menu, they offer a 65 item salad bar, and eight soups made from scratch. Stop in for a cup of coffee at their coffee bar, or shop through their selection of craft beer and wine after a relaxing dinner with the family. Additionally, they have a great enclosed-patio area for when the weather is pleasant. Their chef, Austin Simmons, is the creative force for two other well-loved fine-dining concepts – be sure to give tasting menu, Cureight, and the upscale Tris a visit on your next date night.

Fielding’s Local Bar Kitchen + Bar – located in Creekside Park, this casual but upscale restaurant destination is suitable for both girl’s night out and lunch with the kids, boasting dry-aged steaks, artisan pizzas, homemade bread, and pasta all made daily from quality ingredients. Like their name, Fielding’s is all about supporting local. Their food is sourced from small farms and local dairies along with craft beer and wine from boutique breweries and wineries. To further the restaurant’s sustainability, the place itself was built with repurposed, recycled, and energy-efficient materials. Give them a visit and support local! Fielding’s chef Edel has recently opened another location as well- Fielding’s Wood Fired Grill, focused around their all-natural burgers, offering more of a casual setting.

Jasper’s – situated right in the heart of Market Street, this place is somewhat of a Woodland’s icon. Their “backyard gourmet” cuisine is all about reimagining the classic, comforting American dishes- what more could a Texan want? The restaurant has everything from steak and burgers to potato salad and mac cheese- all with a gourmet twist from executive chef Ruben Campos. With eye-catching menu items like Shiner Bock Cheddar Soup and Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, it’s no wonder they have such a strong following. This is a favorite for family dinner- take advantage of their patio overlooking the lawn, perfect for letting the kids play while you relax. While Jasper’s is a prime spot for meeting friends and enjoying happy hour, they also offer private dining & event catering for formal events and parties.

The Woodlands is a fantastic place to live for a food lover – it’s great to get out and try all the new restaurants, but there are a few trusty places that will never get old. Let us know your favorites!