With its picturesque master-planned communities, top-ranked schools and upscale retail developments, the city of Sugar Land offers all the perks of suburban living. While the suburbs have long been synonymous with unimaginative restaurants and large, national chains, the landscape is changing, and it has never been more exciting to dine outside of the loop. At the heart of the city is an expansive, pedestrian-friendly Town Center, abuzz with activity on weekdays and weekends alike, where a crop of new restaurants has taken residence. Of course, there are time-honored favorites peppered throughout town as well.
Whether it’s a laid-back restaurant with all-American eats that you seek or a lively destination with a spirited crowd, check out Houstonia’s top picks for Sugar Land’s best dining destinations.
A newbie among the many restaurants in Town Square, Mahesh’s Kitchen is the brainchild of Shubhangi and Neelesh Musale, who opened the Indian restaurant in honor of their late brother. A modern spin is put on such traditional dishes as the avocado bhel and Chinese noodle chaat, while traditions like Goan fish and vindaloo are also offered. The restaurant boasts an attractive bar, and kicking back with a Taj sangria or cardamom mojito is recommended.
16019 City Walk, (281) 937-7796
Sugar Landers need not trek to West Houston for State Fare’s famed burgers — the restaurant now has an outpost in Town Square. Beyond sky-high burgs, find indulgent dishes like chicken fried ribeye, King Ranch casserole and a Creole mustard-glazed double pork chop, plus beverage flights ideal for tasting your way through the large cocktail menu. Weekend brunch is equally as worthy with Texas-sized platters such as the “Be Someone” breakfast burrito and a Big Breakfast Burger topped with sausage, bacon, hash browns and a fried egg.
15930 City Walk, (713) 234-1405
As if its hefty menu of sushi house staples isn’t reason enough to venture in, Keeper’s offers happy hour eats all day, every day. Budget-friendly bites include a variety of maki, nigiri, sashimi and hand rolls, plus scaled-down hot plates such as chicken karaage and baked mussels. There are also deluxe sashimi platters and entrees such as the miso-marinated Chilean sea bass for more of a splurge.
4654 Highway 6, (281) 242-0389
An outpost of this beloved Montrose haunt is open in Sugar Land, and it serves as a worthy choice when a roaring craving for Tex-Mex hits. Like its inner-loop counterpart, La Tapatia touts no shortage of drool-worthy platters, including flautas with rice and beans, chicken enchiladas with mole sauce and the ever-popular tacos al carbon. Quesadillas, tostadas and burritos are represented well too — offered here with grilled shrimp, pork or fajita meat.
13574 University Blvd. Suite 1200, (281) 302-5642
While inner loopers have no shortage of steakhouses to pick from, choices in Sugar Land are few and far between, which makes Perry’s a highly sought-after destination. The beloved Houston-based steakhouse sits steps from the main plaza at Town Center and offers Sugar Landers the same upscale atmosphere and menu as its locations in the city. Dine on Perry’s famous pork chop with applesauce and then venture outside for retail therapy and people watching.
2115 Town Square Place, (281) 565-2727
This Szechuan restaurant is known for fiery plates such as mapo tofu with peppercorns, Hunan style pork and hot boiled beef, and it does not skimp on the spice. Tread carefully with the striped bass, which is heavy on the Thai chili, and the peppery hot diving flounder. With tongue-tingling moments aplenty, consider pairing a milk tea with your meal, and save room for desserts like crystal jelly with peanuts.
636 Highway 6 #100, (281) 242-1131
Sugar Land has been home to this iconic, family-owned restaurant for decades, and it remains a favorite today. With a no-frills menu of Tex-Mex favorites like loaded nachos, fajitas and enchiladas, Los Tios doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel and offers a consistently good experience. The puffy queso is a time-honored tradition, as is the chile relleno, made with an egg-battered poblano and with cheese.
3308 Highway 6, (281) 980-1313
With soul-warming pasta plates and handmade pizzas, Corelli’s offers all of the charm and appeal of dining in a true Italian café. Start with a caprese salad, fragrant with fresh basil and cracked pepper, and then spring for a heaping bowl of shrimp scampi tossed in a garlic butter sauce. Rich, salty marsala sauce can be enjoyed with chicken, chops or veal, and spaghetti can be built with meat sauce, meatballs or Italian sausage. Don’t sleep on dessert — in addition to house-made tiramisu, there are cannolis stuffed with ricotta and chocolate chips to indulge in.
3229 Highway 6, (281) 491-8900