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The Full Menu: Where To Eat In Katy

Local food writers discuss their favorite places to eat in the west Houston suburb.


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Each month on The Full Menu, we turn to our gaggle of area foodies to discuss some of their favorite restaurants around the region.

Typically, we ask them to focus on a particular type of food – the best barbecue, Tex-Mex, pizza, or ice cream, and so forth. Other times, we ask them to focus on meals – the best breakfast places, brunch options, evening fine dining, and the like.

And then, every once in a while, we set some geographic limits. Such is the case this month, as we ask them to dish on their favorite restaurants in the Katy area.

Our panelists are Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder.

The Full Menu Panelists 2019
(L-R) Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder.


From Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston:

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar: My nominee for Katy’s best restaurant is this establishment in the LaCenterra development. Chef Mike Lim brings years of experience from the upscale Roka Akor group, and it shows in his intricate preparations. To experience the full breadth of his talent, look for the occasional special dinners where Lim creates a menu based on fish that’s flown in fresh from Tokyo.

Tiger Noodle House: For noteworthy Sichuan cuisine and first-rate soup dumplings, consider this restaurant on South Mason Road. Sichuan staples like spicy lamb with cumin and grilled whole fish deliver the mouth-numbing tingle that makes the cuisine so fun to eat, and the service is so accommodating they once offered to go to the grocery store to obtain the missing ingredients for a drink. That’s how you win a customer’s loyalty.

From Felice Sloan of Swanky Maven:

Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano: This small, quaint restaurant tucked away in a random strip mall in Katy is serving up some pretty stellar old-world Italian fare. On most nights of the week, they are packed with guests enjoying dishes from the menu or the daily chalkboard of specials that features about 20-plus dishes ranging from appetizers to entrees. You can expect great food and stellar service. The waiters walk you through the menu and the entire board of specials. Making a reservation is highly recommended since the restaurant only seats about 36.

Azul Seafood Tapas: If you’re looking for fresh seafood and creative Asian-fusion dishes, this is the place for you. Chef Edgar and his team go into each lunch and dinner service with a high level of enthusiasm and professionalism. A few “you've gotta try this" dishes are Edgar's ceviche, baked potato oysters and their specialty sushi roll, bacon twist with tempura shrimp, bacon, blue crab and caviar. There are also more traditional rolls, sushi and Sashimi on the menu.

From David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder:

Harlem Road Texas BBQ: It's not exactly Katy, but people will drive halfway across the state for good barbecue. So a quick 15-minute road trip to try what Texas Monthly considers one of the best new barbecue joints in Texas is worth it. Try the beef ribs and brisket, but save room for pitmaster Ara Malekian's sides and desserts.

Bernie's Burger Bus: Tucked into Cinco Ranch, Bernie's Burger Bus consistently serves some of the Houston area's best burgers. Try The Principal or The Substitute with a side of sweet potato fries.

Restaurants Mentioned in this Edition:

Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano
Tobiuo Sushi & Bar
Las Alamedas
Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar
Phat Eatery
Beard Papa's
Mala Sichuan Bistro
H Mart
Bernie's Burger Bus
Dish Society
Local Table
Tiger Noodle House
Azul Seafood Tapas
Brett's BBQ Shop
El Asador
Corky's Ribs & BBQ
Harlem Road Texas BBQ
Hurts Donut
Captain Tom's Seafood & Oyster
Tapioca Xpress
Little V Vietnamese Bistro
Tasty Ko


Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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