If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Spring, a suburb north of Houston, Texas, we’ve got you covered. We search for the best food in Spring, TX, and have compiled a list of our favorite restaurants in the area.

(Originally published in 2021.)

Alicia’s Mexican Grille

🥈 Recommended Mexican
Tex-Mex with a strong Texas accent is on the menu at Alicia’s, the Houston-based group’s Mexican concept. Our go-to is the Cowboy Steak; certified angus outside skirt toped with chipotle shrimp and served with two cheese enchiladas. Grilled meats and seafood are a strength, and moderate prices combined with a comfortable environment provide a very good value to hungry families. Happy hour is hopping; the bar turns out memorable margaritas.

$$ | Mexican
Full Bar, Happy Hour, and Private Room

20920 Kuykendahl Rd | Spring 77379
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Scratchmade salads and salad-stuffed sandwiches that exceed expectations

Bread Zeppelin

🥇 Best Sandwiches

CityPlace has a hot new spot for picking up a quick, satisfying lunch or convenient dinner. Called Bread Zeppelin, the concept tosses high-quality, fresh ingredients with a plethora of homemade dressings to create a satisfying salad. But that’s just the start: The staff then (optionally) stuffs the made-to-order salad into a cored-out BreadMan Baking French baguette. The result is surprisingly delicious; the crunch of the baguette, just enough of the soft, pillowy bread, and a cool, fresh flavorful salad all in one bite. It’s the best of a salad combined with the best of a sandwich, all in one. We sampled several of their signature creations, and were particularly  impressed by the NOLA (Fried Shrimp, tomato, red onion, pickles, provolone, iceberg, remoulade) and the Plymouth Rock (roasted turkey, cranberries, beets, blue cheese, caramelized pecans, spring mix, cranberry poppyseed dressing).

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$ and $$ | Salads and Sandwiches
Catering, Good for Vegetarians, and Outdoor Dining

1700 City Plaza Dr #100 | Spring 77389
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Superlative Thai cuisine in a jewel-like strip-center setting

Charm Thai Bistro

🌟 — Notable in the Woodlands area.

🥇 Best Asian
🥇 Best Thai

A wide variety of expertly crafted Thai dishes is on the menu at Charm Thai Bistro, and we were impressed with every single one we sampled. From the cool, tangy, refreshing Som Tum (papaya salad) to the delightfully complex Tom Kha (coconut soup) to the soulfully rich Panang Curry, we were blown away by the obvious care that went into every dish. Even the de rigueur Pad Thai was the best we’ve found ’round these parts. Chef Adam Gorelick is not a native of Thailand, but you’d never know by the food that flows from his talented kitchen. Modern, comfortable setting, featuring artifacts imported from Thailand, and a huge mural of a Thai lion overseeing the dining room. Service is warm, friendly and professional.

$$ | Thai
Family-Run Small Business, Good for Vegetarians, and HRW2021

2203 Spring Steubner Rd #100 | Spring 77389
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Boutique bakery and cozy café in a chic, urban setting

Common Bond Café & Bakery

🥈 Recommended American
🥈 Recommended Brunch
🥈 Recommended Burger

This popular Houston bakery has ventured north to CityPlace at Springwoods Village, and has expanded from their roots of award-winning pastries, breads, and bistro cuisine. Now sporting a full bar, Common Bond is a happy hour destination as well as a great spot for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Our sneak peek at the new menu was filled with pleasant surprises, like the spicy Nashville Hot Fried Shrimp and the savory Charcuterie Baguette. Beautiful small cakes perfect for special events; call ahead or pick up one that’s already ready.

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$$ | American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, and Burgers
Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, and Outdoor Dining

1700 City Plaza Drive, Suite 150 | Spring 77389
In CityPlace / Springwoods Village
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Iconic Craft BBQ

CorkScrew BBQ

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best BBQ

When Will Buckman quit his job with the phone company to focus on barbecue, some thought he was crazy. Our first taste of Will’s brisket, served from a trailer on Budde road, convinced us he was crazy like a fox. Along with wife Nichole, Buckman has built Corkscrew BBQ into one of the best BBQ joints in the world – Texas Monthly named them to their prestigious Top 10 list in 2017. From the superlative brisket to the gargantuan beef ribs (Saturday only) Corkscrew’s meats do not disappoint. But don’t skip the sides, or Nichole’s remarkable cobblers. And get there early. Corkscrew routinely sells out by mid-afternoon, and the line starts an hour or more before opening.

$$ | BBQ
Family-Run Small Business and Outdoor Dining

26608 Keith St | Spring 77373
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Enticing Asian fusion in a cozy, family-run nook.

Fu Manchung

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

🥇 Best Asian
🥇 Best Vietnamese

Delightfully quirky family-run Asian fusion spot with an enticing slate of unique and memorable dishes. These family recipes surprise and delight; highlights are the deep, rich pho, surprising noodle dishes, superb curry, and a slate of tasty and clever appetizers. Don’t skip the beverages; Café Su Da and Thai Milk Tea are both among the best we’ve sampled.

Calling the staff friendly does them a disservice; Paul and his team are incredibly personable and charming. Service is professional, with a delightfully personal touch. The setting is cozy, comfortable and spotless.

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

3416 FM 2920 Suite 210 | Spring 77388
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Family-run Italian in a tidy strip center location

Italian Cafe

Fettucine alfredo is a dish found on almost every Italian restaurant’s menu. Few make it as well as Italian Cafe; this one standout dish demonstrates the care that goes into preparing every dish at this cozy Spring cafe. All the dishes show a distinct New York inspiration, from the excellent pastas to the veal, chicken, and seafood entrees.

Service is warm and friendly at this family-run operation. They’ve been hard at work since 1989. You’re likely to see owner Leo Coronel and his wife Zoly checking on tables and greeting guests. Check ’em out.

$$ | Italian
Family-Run Small Business

19620 Kuykendahl Rd | Spring 77379
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Elevated pizza in a hidden strip center location

Jackpot Pizza

🥇 Best Pizza

Pizza lovers in the know rave about Jackpot Pizza. This unassuming strip center location turns out well conceived gourmet pizzas made from a variety of top quality ingredients. Their standard pizzas are very good, but the creativity of the kitchen shines in their gourmet pizzas. Jackpot owner Mary Ann Ledesma sweats the details; her team shreds blocks of cheese daily rather than using a preshredded product, and you can taste the difference. Gluten free and cauliflower crust available; those avoiding gluten, or on a keto diet can rejoice; it’s a far better pizza than you find in overpriced “gluten free eateries”.

$$ | Pizza
Catering and Family-Run Small Business

6450 Louetta Rd | Spring 77379
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Big classic burgers in a modern malt shop setting

Jax Burgers, Fries & Shakes

🥈 Recommended Burger

Looking for a big, well-prepared burger without breaking the bank? Jax has you covered. This locally-owned restaurant chain specializes in half-pound burgers cooked the traditional way on a flat griddle. Execution is very good; the thick, juicy burgers are consistent and flavorful. Other options include third-pound burgers and an exceptional crispy chicken sandwich.

Jax has expanded from one location to several, and the quality has been maintained. Families and little league teams flock to Jax for a great burger at a great price, and it’s become a part of our regular burger rotation.

$ | Burgers and Sandwiches

4334 FM 2920 | Spring 77388
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Donuts, kolaches and breakfast egg rolls

Robin’s Snowflake Donuts n’ Cafe

🌟🌟🌟 — Notable on a statewide level.

🥇 Best Donut Shop

Apparently word is getting out: Robin’s Snowflake Donuts has been recognized as the Best Donut Shop in Texas by Yelp, USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Congratulations to Robin and the team for such an impressive achievement!

A variety of breakfast creations are the draw at Robin Nou’s Snowflake Donuts n’ Cafe, located in a strip center on Louetta. Unique creations like Breakfast Egg Rolls, well crafted kolaches (actually klobásníky) and a wonderful assortment of donuts are the draw; somehow this small shop manages to delight both Krispy Kreme and Shipley’s fans. We’re huge fans of the savory Brisket Kolaches (made with brisket from local favorite 3rd Coast Barbecue), the supremely southern Biscuits & Gravy Kolache, and Robin’s incomparable Apple Fritter. They close at noon, so get there early.

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$ | Breakfast and Donuts
Catering and Family-Run Small Business

4660 Louetta Rd #170 | Spring 77388
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Superb sushi in a sleek, upscale environment

Sushi Rebel

CityPlace gets a destination sushi spot with the much-anticipated opening of Sushi Rebel. The team behind Uptown Sushi brings their sleek, sophisticated perspective to suburban Spring, and local professionals and well-dressed scenesters are already making it a hot destination. The food does not disappoint; expertly prepared sushi, of course, and a slate of creative hot and cold Japanese appetizers (don’t miss the “Kobe” Cubes) make great sharable options. Beautiful room is the backdrop for the evening; experienced staff provides friendly service.

$$$ | Japanese and Sushi
Full Bar, Happy Hour, On the Radar, and Upscale

1700 City Plaza Dr Suite 110 | Spring 77389
In CityCenter
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Historic Texas cafe reborn under new ownership

Wunsche Bros

One of Old Town Spring’s historic cafes, Wunsche Bros., has been reborn under new ownership. Known for their Texas cuisine (chicken fried steaks, chicken, inch-thick burgers) the cafe opened over 100 years ago and is a landmark known to Texans young and old.

$$ and $$$ | Burgers
Live Music, On the Radar, and Private Room

103 Midway St | Spring 77373
In Old Town Spring
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Restaurant Listings

Alicia’s Mexican Grille $$ Mexican   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Black Garlic - closed $$ Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Black Sheep Bistro $$$ American   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Bread Zeppelin $ and $$ Salads and Sandwiches   CityPlace and Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Charm Thai Bistro $$ Thai   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Common Bond Café & Bakery $$ American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, and Burgers   CityPlace and Outside the Bubble: Spring
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CorkScrew BBQ $$ BBQ   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Fu Manchung $ and $$ Vietnamese   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Italian Cafe $$ Italian   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Jackpot Pizza $$ Pizza   Louetta and Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Jax Burgers, Fries & Shakes $ Burgers and Sandwiches   Outside the Bubble: Spring and Rayford Road
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Q-Shi $$ BBQ and Sushi   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Robin’s Snowflake Donuts n’ Cafe $ Breakfast and Donuts   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Rock n Roll Sushi $$ Japanese and Sushi   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Sushi Rebel $$$ Japanese and Sushi   CityPlace and Outside the Bubble: Spring
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Wunsche Bros $$ and $$$ Burgers   Outside the Bubble: Spring
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