Highway 105 west of Conroe has some great restaurants you might drive right past. Here are our favorites.
Best Restaurants on Hwy 105
Highway 105 winds west of Conroe out toward Montgomery and points beyond. There are a lot of mediocre restaurants along the route (often offering a nice view and not-so-nice food). We’ve found some gems along the route that you shouldn’t overlook.
Seafood by Lake Conroe
Chef Ron Nicoletta has struck again with another category-defining restaurant along Highway 105. Chef Ron has departed, but the crowd-pleasing seafood lives on. Amore specializes in expertly prepared seafood that ventures beyond the Gulf and brings in great flavors from the East Coast. Seared tuna steak was a highlight; a slab of beautiful sushi-grade tuna delicately seasoned and seared rare. Fried calamari was among the very best we’ve tried; exquisitely tender, and accented with deep fried red and jalapeño peppers. Standards like fried shrimp are outstanding as well; unique Italian breadcrumb crust compliments the large, tasty shrimp. Don’t let the casual, charming setting fool you; this is serious seafood.
(Formerly The Original Tony & Al’s Seafood Shack)
$$ | Seafood
Happy Hour and Outdoor Dining
Flawlessly Executed Carnival Cuisine
🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.🥇 Best American
🥈 Recommended Sandwiches
Foodies in search of the best hot dogs around make the hike up to Highway 105 to drop in at Buldogies. Inside they’ll find handcrafted versions of the food that’s found at a state fair… but prepared far better. Huge hot dogs made from quality ingredients and assembled with attention to detail are the centerpiece, but the excellent sandwiches, carnival favorites, and indulgent desserts delight kids and adults alike. Foodies jump right to the City Crafted Dogs or the Outlaws, each of which is a well-balanced dish with expertly layered flavors. This isn’t James Coney Island; you don’t need to order three, although you may want to try them all.
$ | American and Sandwiches
World-class sandwiches in a strip center location
🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.🥇 Best Sandwiches
Outstanding sub sandwiches are the draw at Tony’s Italian Deli, a notable sandwich shop in a nondescript strip center across from the entrance to April Sound. Founded by the prolific Ron Nicoletta, perfected by Hootie and Mary Trant, the new owners are moving forward with the original concept, and producing huge, tasty sandwiches that satisfy the crowd. This isn’t Subway, folks.
Choosing from the wall of options is tough. New visitors should resist the urge to build their own and delve into one of the recommended creations; our favorites are the J. Gandolfini (cold) and the Lucky Luciano (hot). Expect a filling meal, and another one at home with the half you couldn’t eat in the store.
$$ | Sandwiches