It’s true — we really, REALLY enjoyed our weekly Taste of Tomball posts this year, tantalizing your tastebuds with tales of new restaurants, long-standing family-owned local restaurants, unique eateries and everything in between.
Why the sudden interest in all things edible? Perhaps it grew from a pent-up desire to explore all of the many dining experiences within minutes of Amira that we missed out on in 2020. The pandemic forced many restaurants to shutter their business (or at least their dining rooms), and in 2021 we celebrated getting back to a semi-normal life of dining. And 2022? While it remains to be seen what the new year has in store for all of us, we are hopeful! Meanwhile, the Tomball area continues to grow and flourish with many new eateries recognizing our growth and choosing us for their new location.
Let’s take a moment to revisit the many restaurants that made our Taste of Tomball gallery:
This year, we’re adding something new to our Facebook page — a weekly highlight of local restaurants, eateries and food trucks that are all within minutes of Amira. Kicking off our “Taste of Tomball” is the restaurant awarded the #1 spot by @Nick’s Local Eats — @Mandi Cocina Mexicana Restaurant! Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Mandi’s offers contemporary Mexican dishes with authentic tastes and fresh ingredients.
Los Tacos Al Pastor
Craving authentic Mexican street tacos? Check out new local spot @Los Tacos Al Pastor, located on TX-249, about 20 minutes from Amira. The restaurant serves tacos with various fillings including al pastor, steak, chorizo and fajita. Their menu also includes breakfast tacos, quesadillas and more.
2 Guys 1 Pit
Hungry for Texas BBQ and a big scoop of southern hospitality? Check out award-winning @2 Guys 1 Pit, a veteran-owned and operated restaurant recently named 2020 Restaurant Owner of The Year by @Nick’s Local Eats. Insider tip – the burnt ends are a must-try!
Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue
Treat your sweetheart (and your sweet tooth) any time of year at Tomball’s @Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue. Appearing in @Texas Monthly and @Southern Living magazines, the award-winning restaurant serves up HANDMADE CHOCOLATE and urban barbecue. Only minutes from Amira! 😋💝
For this week’s Taste of Tomball, we are highlighting a great neighborhood restaurant and bar in Tomball — @Craft Grill, located within minutes of Amira. Serving up hot Southern food and a full bar, they also offer brunch packs and family packs to go. Sound good? Let’s go! 😋
Rita’s Cantina Mexican Kitchen
This week’s Taste of Tomball takes us to a local restaurant serving up authentic red chili enchiladas, sizzling fajitas and mush more. Located just minutes south of Amira on U.S. 290, @RitasCantinaMxKitchen was voted as a Top 5 local restaurant by @Nick’s Local Eats. Rita’s also offers family packs and curbside pickup. Tell us if you’ve been!
This week’s Taste of Tomball takes us to newly opened @LittleWoodrowsTomball, just minutes from Amira. Located off TX-249, the sports bar serves pizzas and ‘sammies, as well as a full bar that includes numerous craft beer options. Feel free to bring your well-behaved furry friends — their outdoor patio is dog-friendly! 🐶🐾
Masones Pub & Grill
This week’s Taste of Tomball contains some news — @masonespub is relocating to Tomball! Offering a selection of tacos, wings, flatbreads and more, the eatery’s new locale will be less than 10 miles from Amira.
Dottie’s Gelato and Italian Ices
Tomball’s tastiness continues to grow and grow! Coming soon to Main Street in Tomball — Dottie’s Gelato and Italian ices, a gelato shop serving up homemade gelato, waffle cones and bowls, espresso and other coffee beverages.
Martha’s Mexican Restaurant and Grill
New to Amira? Join us weekly on Facebook as we give you a taste of Tomball. This week, we’re visiting @Martha’s Mexican Restaurant and Grill, voted Best New Restaurant of 2020 by @Nick’s Local Eats. Earning a stellar 5-star rating on Yelp, the restaurant receives high marks for both food and service. It’s located on Alma St, about 20 minutes from Amira.
Enjoy pizzas from a true Italian wood-fire brick oven, locally made pasta, house-smoked brisket ravioli, and much more at @Bonfire Grill425, voted a 2020 Top 5 restaurant by @Nick’s Local Eats. Just minutes from Amira, the restaurant has an outdoor patio, too.
House of Pies
Have a sweet tooth? @houseofpiestx will open a location later this year at 25686 Hwy. 290, just minutes from Amira. The premium pie bakery offers flavors ranging from lemon icebox and strawberry cream cheese to sweet potato, coconut cream, German chocolate and more. In addition to sweets, House of Pies also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options.
Street Food Guru
This week’s Taste of Tomball takes us to @Street Food Guru Tomball, where you can find authentic dishes such as pho, banh mi sandwiches, Singapore noodles and more. A short drive from Amira, the eatery is located on FM 2920. Also on the menu — crawfish fried rice! 😋
NOW OPEN! This week’s Taste of Tomball takes us to newly opened @Yokohamayatomball, located just minutes from Amira on FM 2920 near Academy. The top-ranked restaurant serves both traditional and authentic Japanese foods including takoyaki, gyoza and sushi.
Capt. Brad’s Coastal Kitchen
It’s time for Tuesday’s Taste of Tomball! This week, we’re visiting @Capt. Brad’s Coastal Kitchen, rated as a Top Ten restaurant by @Nick’s Local Eats. Located off Tomball Pkwy and less than 10 miles from Amira, the restaurant is known for their fresh, local seafood and Southern hospitality. Let us know if you’ve been!
Craft Grill Breakfast Club
Tomball might just be the tastiest town in Texas! Have you tried @Craft Grill Breakfast Club yet? Located about 30 minutes from Amira, the restaurant serves Southern brunch cuisine with a spicy Texas kick. They also have a dog-friendly outdoor patio. Open 7am-2pm daily.
Tejas Burger Joint
If you’re on a personal quest to find the best burger in Texas, look no further than @Tejas Burger Joint, home of the Smokehouse Burger and located just minutes from Amira in Old Town Tomball. But don’t take our word for it, read what the @Houston Chronicle has to say! 😍🍔
Fire Ant Brew Pub
When are fire ants ever a good thing? When you’re talking about @fireantbrewpubtomball! Just minutes from Amira, the pub is where you can unwind and enjoy a craft beer on the patio, mimosa flights on Sundays and steak night on Mondays.
C.C’s Cafe Tomball
This week’s Taste of Tomball takes us to @CCs Cafe on Alma Street, a local diner only minutes from Amira. Online reviewers give compliments to the railroad-themed decor, good service, and big portions. In addition to breakfast, CC’s also serves burgers, sandwiches and more.
Buzzles Shaved Ice
Texas temps are heating up! We know just where to take the family for a frosty treat after a day at the pool— @Buzzles Shaved Ice! Located just minutes from Amira at the Old Town Tomball Lighthouse on Main Street, they offer hundreds of flavor choices and extra add-ons like sweet cream. Yum!
Bearded Fox Brewing Company
Could Tomball be the tastiest town in Texas? It just might! Amira residents have many nearby options for food and drink, including the @Bearded Fox Brewing Company located just 12 miles from the community on Spring Cypress Rd. The kid-friendly and dog-friendly craft micro-brewery hosts a rotation of food trucks featuring BBQ, burgers and more.
It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means — it’s time for this week’s Taste of Tomball! Have you heard about @SkeetersTomball? It’s a newly opened spot at 102 Market St, just minutes from Amira. Their menu includes shakes, ice cream, gourmet hot dogs and more.
Cisco’s Salsa Company
Craving a cold margarita, tasty salsa and Baja-style Mexican cuisine? Check out this week’s Taste of Tomball — @Cisco Salsa Company, located just minutes from Amira on Commerce Street in Tomball’s historic area. Enjoy live music on the patio every Friday and Saturday night!
With so many delicious restaurants to choose from, can Tomball possibly get any tastier? Look who’s coming to town — Cajunville, a fast-casual restaurant serving po’boys, boudin and more. Slated to open its doors this fall!
Taquitos Al Chile
Where to go to get great tacos? @Community Impact recently published a story on @taquitosAlChile, a family-friendly taqueria serving up authentic Mexican food including tacos, nachos, roasted street corn and more. Located on FM 2920, it’s an easy drive from Amira.
This week’s Taste of Tomball has us drooling, with the most delicious-looking loaded potatoes you’ve ever seen! Located just minutes from Amira in Tomball’s historic downtown area, @EveryBellies also serves loaded burgers, BBQ, salads and sweet treats. Yum!
What happens when Cajun cuisine and pasta are combined? Crave-worthy dishes from @tailgatorspubkuykendahl, including Cajun Chicken Pasta, Cajun Shrimp Pasta, and Crawfish Pasta! Located just minutes from Amira, the sports bar/ grill is open 11am-10pm daily.
This week’s Taste of Tomball is sure to tantalize your tastebuds, with authentic Argentinian recipes and true South American flavor. Located on Main St in Tomball and only minutes from Amira, the menu at @chegauchorestaurant includes steak, Argentine asados, pizza, milanesa and their famous homemade empanadas. 😋
Amira residents don’t have far to go when they’re hungry for a juicy burger, wings or a sumptuous sandwich; @JLB Eatery Tomball is only minutes away. Rated a top-40 restaurant by @Nick’s Local Eats, the eatery gets high praise from online reviewers for their bacon avocado burger, fried pork chop sandwich, freshly baked rolls and huge portions.
Pine Street Eats
Like to dine out for breakfast or brunch? Amira residents have a number of scrumptious places within minutes of our community. Have you visited @pinestreeteatstx yet? Folks online are raving about their Papa Bear Breakfast Sandwich and Hashbrown Casserole. Tell us if you’ve been, and what you had! 😋
Market Street Cafe
It’s time once again for Tuesday’s Taste of Tomball! Only minutes from Amira, @marketstreetcafe serves up certified Angus Beef burgers, South of the Border enchiladas, sandwiches, salads, soups and more. Be sure to check out their weekend brunch menu, too! 🍳🥓☕️
The Whistle Stop Tea Room
Amira is just a short drive from Tomball’s historic district, where you can shop and stroll to your heart’s delight. And when lunchtime arrives, pop in to @Whistle Stop Tea Room, serving delicious daily offerings including their house-made Chicken Salad and Broccoli Salad on a bed of fresh greens. Open 11am-3pm for dine-in and takeout.
Bearded Fox Brewing Co.
Where to go on a sunny September day when you feel like sitting outside and enjoying a cold one? When you live at Amira, you hop on over to @Bearded Fox Brewing Company, a small, craft micro-brewery in Tomball. The kid-friendly and dog-friendly venue is open Fridays through Sundays.
Just Love Coffee Cafe
How will you be celebrating the first day of fall tomorrow? We’re headed over to @Just Love Tomball for a yummy Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s only minutes from Amira, via the Grand Pkwy. ☕️
Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili
Regardless of the temps in Texas, when the calendar says it’s fall, we’re ready for a good bowl of chili! Awarded four stars by the International Chili Society for their chili, Tomball’s @ronshamburgerstexas is only 8 miles from Amira.
Did you know that Tomball has a Food Truck Park? Fall is a lovely time of year to enjoy the great outdoors and a tasty hotdog or Frito pie from @dexterdogs403. The dog-friendly place also hosts bingo nights, karaoke, and live music. 🌭🐶🎤🎶
Mels Country Cafe
This week’s Taste of Tomball takes us to @MelsCountryCafe, a family-owned and operated restaurant known for their home-style cooking at family prices. Dinner specials include a Sunday Special Pot Roast and a lip-smacking Shrimp and Catfish that online reviewers rave about. Located on Stanolind Rd, just 12 miles from Amira via Waller-Tomball Rd. 😋
Have you heard about the “boo-licious” October burger at @Murdochsbackyard? The culinary creation boasts Boar’s Head Swiss cheese, roasted pumpkin seeds, a pretzel bun and bacon jam. Located just 2.5 miles from Amira.
Dracula’s Chimney Cakes
Get ready to sink your fangs into this week’s Taste of Tomball! Voted Best Food Truck by @Nick’s Local Eats, @DraculasChimneyCakes serves tasty tubular cakes filled with sweet or savory options. In fact, the recipe can be traced back to a medieval Transylvania tradition. Get ready for love at first bite! 🧛🏼♂️
Gianna Italian Kitchen
This week’s Taste of Tomball is sure to tantalize your taste buds! Located just minutes from Amira on Tomball Pkwy, highly rated @Gianna Italian Kitchen serves up mouth-watering Italian dishes including Brandy Beef Tips, Pollo Florentina, Salmon Bisque and more. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant recently celebrated their 19th birthday.
Opening in mid-November at 208 N. Elm St. in Tomball and only minutes from Amira — Graze, a restaurant offering shrimp and grits, grilled octopus, ahi tuna tacos, craft beer, boutique wines and more. Hours will be Tuesdays through Saturdays for lunch and dinner and Sundays for lunch.
Fire Ant Brew Pub
This week’s Taste of Tomball has us on the search for the tastiest wings near Amira. Located on Market St. and just minutes from Amira, @fireantbrewpubtomball serves up jumbo chicken wings with scratch ranch dressing and a variety of Buffalo Style sauces described as “wimpy, kinda wimpy, hot or atomic fire ant.” 😄 Have you been? Let us know in the comments! 😋
Who’s ready for dessert? ’Tis the season, y’all! If you’re craving something sweet, @Cinnaholic.Cypress is less than 8 miles from Amira. The shop is best known for their award-winning gourmet cinnamon rolls, featured on ABC’s show Shark Tank. All of their products are 100% vegan, dairy and lactose-free, egg-free, and cholesterol-free.
Burned out on Thanksgiving leftovers? It might be time to take those taste buds out to eat. Located less than 5 miles from Amira on Mueschke Rd, @Frio Grill offers a locally sourced Texas menu with dishes such as Brisket Enchiladas, Texas BBQ Shrimp & Grits, and a scrumptious-sounding Stuffed Chicken Fried Chicken stuffed with hatch chilis and smoked gouda .Let us know if you’ve been!
MENU: 👉🏼 https://friogrill.com/menu/
Heads up, crawfish fans! @Hans’ Crawfish is relocating after the first of the year to 15920 FM 2920, just 6 miles from Amira. Situated on 5 acres of land, the new location will have plenty of room for seating and parking. Mmmm, we can hardly wait for crawfish season and feast on some tasty crawfish, shrimp, corn and potatoes!
Dutch Bros. Coffee
It’s confirmed — @Dutch Bros Coffee is coming to Tomball! 😍 ☕️
The Oregon-based, drive-thru coffee shop will be located at 27657 Hwy. 249, just minutes from Amira via the Grand Pkwy.
Crust Pizza Co.
Pizza lovers, rejoice! @CrustPizzaCo. is opening its first Tomball location early next year. To be located just 8 miles from Amira at 14441 FM 2920, the family-style restaurant offers gourmet pizza, pastas, salads and hot sandwiches. 😋🍕