(Originally published in 2021.)

Outstanding tacos from a local truck

Antojitos Junior Taco Truck

🥈 Recommended Mexican
The Woodlands area has a great taco truck located in the parking lot of the HEB on Sawdust. Antojitos Junior serves a variety of Mexican and Honduran specialties; the family that runs it is Honduran. We sampled several different tacos. Skip the trendy birria and go straight to the classics; we were very impressed by the Tacos de Pastor (seasoned and marinated pork, with onion and cilantro) and the Tacos de Carne de Res (marinated beef with onion and cilantro). It’s a taco truck, so no seating. Cash only.

$ and $$ | Mexican
Family-Run Small Business and Food Trucks

130 Sawdust Road | The Woodlands 77380
(In Sawdust HEB parking lot)
281-203-7787
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Artistic Charcuterie Boxes

Grazeables

Grazeables isn’t a restaurant, but rather a creator of artistic, delicious charcuterie and grazing boxes. A typical Grazeable contains interesting cheeses, savory meats, crackers, nuts, fruits, veggies, dips, spreads, chocolates, and more. The components are hand selected by owner Amy Martinez, and assembled in a commercial kitchen off Sawdust road.

$$ and $$$ | Charcuterie
Catering, Family-Run Small Business, and Good for Vegetarians

25275 Budde Rd Suite 4B | Spring 77380
281-797-0262
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Fresh and Healthy

Herb & Beet

🥇 Best Salad

Garden fresh salads, hefty sandwiches, and well conceived appetizers (try the avocado beet toast) are the draw at this Sawdust area restaurant featuring healthy ingredients from local sources. The modern, inviting room is a relaxing space to enjoy. Fast and friendly counter service makes it a perfect spot for a quick lunch.

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$$ | American, BBQ, Salads, and Sandwiches
Good for Vegetarians and Outdoor Dining

448 Sawdust Road | The Woodlands 77380
at Budde
832-791-2338
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Creative Mexican food and Tex-Mex favorites

Julio’s Mexican Grill – Sawdust

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Mexican

The best Mexican restaurant in Magnolia has opened a second location on Sawdust road, and savvy locals are already converging. They’re drawn in by the impressive Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, which goes beyond the typical fajitas (although Julio’s are outstanding) to superb creations like the El Sabroso (lightly breaded chicken breast covered in a shrimp/poblano cream sauce). The menu is strong from top to bottom – street tacos are a don’t miss, and their al pastor may be the best on Houston’s north side. Service is friendly and professional.

$$ | Mexican
Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, Good Desserts, and Happy Hour

544 Sawdust Road | The Woodlands 77380
(by PetCo)
281-419-5441
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Great Tacos and Mexican dishes from a hidden gem

La Cocina de Roberto

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥈 Recommended Mexican

A hidden gem at the far west end of Sawdust (and now with a second location on I-45 just south of Woodlands Parkway), La Cocina de Roberto began as a cozy little taqueria, serving the Timber Ridge neighborhood. But the savvy owners have added more full-fledged entrees to the menu, making it one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in the Woodlands. Tacos are still delicious: Carne asada and camerón are the standouts. Don’t miss the bargain faijta / shrimp combo, or the excellent chicken enchiladas.

Alcohol is BYOB – bring your own liquor, and Roberto will provide setups. You can’t beat a bargain margarita made with premium tequila.

$ and $$ | Mexican
Catering and Family-Run Small Business

26817 Interstate 45 N | The Woodlands 77380
832-813-8030
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A taco truck near the original Corkscrew BBQ location

La Hacienda Taqueria

🥈 Recommended Mexican

La Hacienda serves excellent traditional tacos from a truck located on Budde Road. Birria is very popular here, as are breakfast tacos and more traditional offerings.

$ and $$ | Mexican
Food Trucks and Outdoor Dining

24930 Budde Road | The Woodlands 77380
832-403-9335
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Traditional Indian cuisine, Indian fast food, and more

Namaste Indian Cuisine

🥈 Recommended Indian

Namaste offers solid versions of all your favorite traditional Indian dishes. From Chicken Tikka Masala to Saag Paneer to Naan. Namaste specializes in chaat (Indian Fast food) while also dabbling in some southern Indian dishes and fusion foods, which combine more than one type of cuisine. They have an extensive Indochinese offering, too.

$$ | Indian
Family-Run Small Business and Good for Vegetarians

202 Sawdust Rd Suite 115 | Spring 77380
832-299-6476
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Classic Tex-Mex in a warm, family-friendly setting

Natalita’s #2

🥈 Recommended Mexican

Natalita’s brings traditional Tex Mex to a comfortable strip center on Sawdust road. This family-run spot has solid versions of all of your Tex-Mex favorites, including two tasty table salsas that appear with the complimentary chips. Lunch menu is well priced; lots of good options under $10. In a market full of Mexican restaurants, Natalita’s #2 is a solid choice for families wanting a good meal in a relaxing setting.

$ and $$ | Mexican
Family-Run Small Business, Full Bar, and Happy Hour

387 Sawdust Rd | Spring 77380
In the Woodwinds Center
281-298-8195
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Handmade contemporary Italian cuisine

Papa Amadeus

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Italian

Don’t be fooled by the modest strip center location. Papa Amadeus crafts some of the finest Italian food in the Woodlands area. Chef Arturo Huerta’s meticulous personal approach delivers delicious results. Everything is handmade in house; from the pastas to the balanced, classic sauces, to the more innovative dishes featured in the evenings. The classics are beautifully executed; we keep getting drawn in by the flawless chicken parmigiana and the light, pillowy gnocchi. Well priced, curated wine list.

$$ | Italian
Catering, Family-Run Small Business, Live Music, Private Room, Romantic, and Upscale

432 Sawdust Rd. | Spring 77380
Behind Herb & Beet
713-389-5975
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Brooklyn-style pizza with a Texas accent

RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta

🌟🌟 — Among the best restaurants in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Pizza
🥈 Recommended Italian

The Woodlands has no shortage of great pizza places. But one name comes up over and over when asked for recommendations. RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta serves honest-to-Vito New York street pizza, either traditional (cheese only) or with your choice of toppings. They’re serious about pizza: RC himself travels around the nation competing against the best pizza makers in the country, and has repeatedly brought home the hardware.

RC’s goes beyond pizza, with outstanding wings, delicious calzones, and great plated entrees. This isn’t your average pizza spot, which is why it earned a spot on our list.

$ and $$ | Italian and Pizza
Family-Run Small Business

501 Sawdust Rd | Spring 77380
281-298-4663
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Greek Cuisine and Live Entertainment

The Olive Oil

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Greek

A classic Greek experience awaits hungry diners at The Olive Oil. Located in a huge strip center on Sawdust, The Olive Oil offers classic Greek cuisine, well prepared by the bustling kitchen. Favorites include the mixed grill (the marinade drizzles enticingly onto a bed of spinach beneath the meat) and the gyro. Families pack the restaurant on weekend nights, where belly dancers and musicians turn the dining room into a party.

Read our full review >

$$ | Greek
Family-Run Small Business

373 Sawdust Road | The Woodlands 77380
281-367-0114
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Well-prepared American classics in a comfortable strip center location

The Omega Grill

🥈 Recommended American

Modern versions of American classics are the order of the day at the Omega Grill, the sister restaurant of the popular Olive Oil, located a few doors down. The warm, friendly staff serves up big portions to hungry locals, who rave about the chicken-fried steak, pork chops, big burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Their “Twisted Texas” entrees are among our favorites, with Omega’s unique versions of these classic southern favorites. Kids menu brings in the families.

$$ | American, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches
Family-Run Small Business

399 Sawdust Rd | Spring 77380
832-299-6665
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An authentic Italian bakery tucked away off Sawdust

Tosca Italian Bakery

Tosca Italian Bakery brings the experience of an Old World Italian bakery to the Woodlands area. Owner Mario and his team have immigrated from Italy, and brought years of baking expertise with them. The result is a wonderful selection of breads, pastries, sandwiches and focaccia pizzas brimming with character and charm. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian experience, Tosca should be your destination.

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$ and $$ | Bakery and Italian
Catering, Family-Run Small Business, and On the Radar

25227 Borough Park Dr | Spring 77380
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Big burgers in a relaxed setting from this East County transplant

Uncle Tony’s

🥈 Recommended Burger

Tony Marron opened a very successful burger business over near Porter, and Woodlands residents are lucky he transplanted it to our part of the world. Big, unique burgers are his specialty, and he does two styles of patties: A standard ground beef option for purists, or his special combination of beef and pork for those who walk on the wild side. Very good hand cut fries (or optional tater tots) complete your lunch. Friendly, laid-back setting.

$$ | Burgers
Family-Run Small Business

314 Sawdust Rd Suite 108 | The Woodlands 77380
281-719-0916
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Amerigo’s Grill $$$ Italian   Sawdust
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Antojitos Junior Taco Truck $ and $$ Mexican   Sawdust
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Ba Mien Bistro 2 $$ Sushi and Vietnamese   Sawdust
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Gessner’s Grub BBQ Co. $$ BBQ   Sawdust
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Grazeables $$ and $$$ Charcuterie   Sawdust
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Herb & Beet $$ American, BBQ, Salads, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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Hyderabad House $$ Indian   Sawdust
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Julio’s Mexican Grill – Sawdust $$ Mexican   Sawdust
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La Cocina de Roberto $ and $$ Mexican   I-45 Corridor and Sawdust
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La Hacienda Taqueria $ and $$ Mexican   Sawdust
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Namaste Indian Cuisine $$ Indian   Sawdust
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Natalita’s #2 $ and $$ Mexican   Sawdust
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Papa Amadeus $$ Italian   Sawdust
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Pho Viet Tastes $$ Vietnamese   Sawdust
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Pit Master Bar-B-Que $$ BBQ   Sawdust
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RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta $ and $$ Italian and Pizza   Sawdust
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Ronny G’s $$ American and Burgers   Sawdust
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The Olive Oil $$ Greek   Sawdust
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The Omega Grill $$ American, Burgers, Salads, and Sandwiches   Sawdust
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Tosca Italian Bakery $ and $$ Bakery and Italian   Sawdust
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Uncle Tony’s $$ Burgers   Sawdust
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