When I first moved to The Woodlands there was not many amenities, such as, restaurants on this end of The Woodlands. You had to travel back toward the front or over to Tomball/Magnolia. After 10 years there are some many more choices within 1 mile of May Valley.
If you are a coffee drinker, than you might frequent Starbucks somewhat in front of Walmart. If you are looking for French causal food (breakfast/lunch), then the La Francesita Gourmet Bakery across from Walmart should be your choice. They actually speak French. If Mexican food is your appetite, Gringos recently came to our neck of the woods. The place is always packed so plan accordingly. One of my favorite places is The Republic Grille. They have everything on their menu from salads to steak, chicken, fish. It is a bit more expensive, but the food taste great. If seafood is your choice, then try Fish&Camaron with fresh fish, shrimp, and other favorites serving lunch and dinner.
There are some specialty restaurants too. If you want Japanese, than check out Sapporo Japanese Bistro Sushi Bar. If you want authentic Mexican cuisine, then try Caffe Di Fiore across from Walmart. The Hummingbird Tea Room & Bakery sources many of their ingredients locally, so you will definitely taste the difference. Mei Wei is a locally owned Chinese restaurant near The Republic Grille. It is not a chain restaurant. If you don't see people at the tables don't be alarmed. They do a huge take-out business. If you do dine-in the service is great and so is the food.
Rounding out the list is the usual fast food places. We recently got a Dairy Queen and I find myself going there at night a little too often. Whataburger is a Texas favorite, and if you don't like just mustard don't forget to ask for ketchup or mayo on your burger. Burger King is in the Walmart store. Subway is between Mei Wei and Republic Grille. Flippin Pizza joined us about 2 years ago and you can get pizza by the slice. There is a donut shop between Exxon and Cafe Di Fiore, and a new donut shop out the "back way" to our neighborhood (this is what we call the entrance on FM 2978-it has not always been there) on Hardin Store Road. Also, a new pizza joint is opening soon next to the donut shop on Hardin Store Road called Pizzaiolo's. We have frequented the one on FM 1488 inside the Magnolia city limits, and the pizza is great and so is the owner.
If you have eaten at any of these and want to share your comments, please do. Let me know if I missed any as well. I think it is important to support your local restaurants, or they will move. We finally have choices, so let's not lose them.
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