The 10 Best Places to Eat in Memorial

Although it's undergoing some massive growth in the form of redevelopment and expansion at Memorial City Mall and the construction of the nearly finished CityCentre "town square" off Beltway 8, Memorial is still in many ways a sweetly sleepy suburb. But sleepy doesn't necessarily mean boring. And suburb doesn't mean chain restaurants and bland food.

Below are 10 of the best places to eat in Memorial (with only one chain restaurant included -- and it barely counts as a chain anyway). Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.

10. Taste of Texas, 10505 Katy Freeway

Sure, it isn't the best steakhouse in town. But Taste of Texas has two things going for it: nostalgia and pure, in-your-face Texas jingoism. When you have visitors in from out of town who have visions of yellow roses and Lone Stars dancing in their head, there's no better place to take them. And when you're looking for a good family dinner spot with Aunt Betty Jo and Great-Grandma Beulah, you can't beat the cozy fireplaces and lofty rafters at Taste of Texas.


9. The Egg & I, 14079 Memorial Drive

This is the one and only chain restaurant to make it to the list, but with good reason: The breakfasts are fantastic. We raved about this place when it first opened last year in the old Hungry's location, and we still love it. From the choice of five different house-brewed coffees to the fresh-squeezed orange juice, the low-key gourmet menu to the low-key prices, this is the best place in the area for breakfast (if you don't count the drive-thru Olde Towne Kolaches a block away).

8. Liebman's, 14529 Memorial Drive

The old Liebman's used to be right across the street from The Egg & I, until it perished in a vicious fire. Undeterred, the owners rebuilt bigger and better in a new location, with a store whose gleaming copper awnings reflect the magnificent selection of goodies inside. For lunch, grab a sandwich from the deli -- we recommend the corned beef -- and take a seat on the small but inviting patio outside. When you're done? Go back inside: Christmas shopping has never been easier if you have a food lover in your life.

7. A Moveable Feast, 9341 Katy Freeway

Back on the other side of the Beltway, this old-school health food store serves up some mean sandwiches and soups alongside jugs of carrot juice and bulk bottles of flax seed oil. Like at Liebman's, hit the tiny but lovely patio while you enjoy the healthy menu -- that thankfully includes bottles of Saint Arnold's beer -- with items like a divine grilled shrimp sandwich with avocado or a homey apple-pecan tuna sandwich.

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Katharine Shilcutt