Highway 1488 has some great restaurants you might drive right past. Here are our favorites.
Best Restaurants on Hwy 1488
Here are our favorite spots to dine if you find yourself on the Woodlands’ northern border. These are the best restaurants on Hwy 1488.
Do you like your barbecue with a little kick? Then BBQ Godfather has you covered. Award-winning competition pitmaster Tony Faour brought his South Texas style ‘Q to Deacon Baldy’s food truck park, and the locals have been lining up ever since. Each meat gets a unique rub, and the perfect sauce is available for those who prefer it. From the delicious pork ribs to spicy brisket, BBQ Godfather offers unique versions of all the Texas BBQ classics. Sides are top notch as well; don’t miss the sweet potato casserole or the mac & cheese burnt ends. Sandwiches come on a crusty Italian loaf… just don’t call it French bread, or you risk the ire of the Godfather himself.
BBQ | 1488 West
A casual, chef-driven steakhouse with a solid wine list
Don’t be fooled by the name; this neighborhood steakhouse has offerings that go far beyond burgers, and a sophisticated, well-curated wine list to match. Chef Charlie Watkins (Café Toulouse, Sierra Grill) takes his Inner Loop sensibilities to the Magnolia area, and locals can’t get enough of his well-executed, French-influenced cuisine. Appetizers are a particular strength; from the rich and bold Spicy Bacon Plate to the elegantly savory Warm Goat Cheese (with addictive basil tomato coulis), these small plates are perfect with a well-priced bottle of Old World or California wine. The eponymous burgers are thoughtfully conceived and expertly executed, and the house aged steaks are prepared with a deft touch.
Burgers and Steaks | 1488 West
Happy Hour and Private Room
Craft Burger serves delicious gourmet burgers from a food truck located conveniently at Deacon Baldy’s food truck park. Helmed by Chopped Champion and Houston native Chef Shannen Tune, they combine locally-sourced beef and produce into big, juicy burgers that demonstrate Chef Tune’s focus on the details.
The toughest thing at Craft Burger is deciding which to order. Purists gravitate towards the All American, featuring two big patties, and high quality American cheese. The more adventurous may be drawn to the Truffle Butter Juicy Lucy (shaved truffles, cheese curds), the Craft Burger (smoked Gouda and tomato jam), or even one of the non-burger options. Finishing the meal with one of the delicious Maple Bacon Bourbon milkshakes (non-alcoholic) is never a bad idea.
Burgers | 1488 West
This family-run cafe has been making area diners happy with generous portions of eclectic, home-style cuisine. American favorites, Italian, and Cuban entrees are the highlights.
Owner Ulises Larramendi originally hails from Cuba, and he brings a gentle latin twist to American favorites. Service is friendly and reliable, and the family-friendly environment is filled with diners of all ages.
American | 1488 West