Where to Eat While Shopping for Christmas: The Woodlands Mall Survival Guide

Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people.

If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep trucking along to buy everything on your list. Well, we believe that food and caffeine are your best bets to keep your energy up during your Christmas shopping outings.

So, here are ten areas you can visit at The Woodlands Mall, in the Market Street, and in the surrounding shopping centers for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a pick-me-up snack in between stores.

Inside the Mall: Food Court

Obviously, it's easiest to stop in the food court of The Woodlands Mall to get a bite to eat. Grab a cookie or brownie from The Great American Cookie Company for a sugar boost, or sit down with chicken nuggets and waffle fries from Chick-fil-A. Those lines tend to be long, as well as the ones for Sonic and Roman Delight Pizza, so if you're in a hurry, just walk up and down the pathway, where Famous Wok and Sarku Japan serve free samples -- a little snack can satisfy for the time being.

Lunch Outside the Mall: Panera Bread

Head outside for some fresh air and eat at Panera Bread, located near Anthropologie. Panera is perfect for a quick coffee on-the-go, an energizing breakfast to start your Christmas shopping day, or for a much-needed relaxing lunch to refuel yourself before heading back into the mall.

Dinner Outside the Mall: The Cheesecake Factory/P.F. Changs/ Mi Cocina/Brio Tuscan Grille

These four restaurants are conveniently located near each other outside The Woodlands Mall. While all four are a bit pricey for lunch, they are great places to meet the family or a group of friends for dinner after a long day of shopping. You'll have earned a nice meal by that point.

Lunch on Waterway Avenue: Hubbell & Hudson Market & Bistro/Yucatan Taco Stand/Which Wich

If you find yourself buying foodie gifts for loved ones at Hubbell & Hudson, stay for lunch. Make a sandwich or burger, or create your own salad, then take your lunch upstairs while you watch a cooking class (if one is going on). Hubbell also serves coffee and snacks if you just need a little bite to eat during the day.

Yucatan Taco Stand is on the other side of Hubbell & Hudson and is a great place to stop for street tacos and chips. In addition, it's pretty cheap.

Which Wich is closer to The Woodlands Waterway Marriot, but it's an easy and short walk from the Market Street.

Lunch at the front of Market Street: Cafe Express/La Madeleine/Berryhill Baja Grill

At the entrance to the Market Street you will find these three restaurants, all perfect for a quick-service lunch. La Madeleine and Berryhill are next-door to one other, so whether you're feeling French or a burrito and chips for lunch, either is a good choice. Cafe Express is across the street.

Lunch at the Back of Market Street: Potbelly/Salata/Chipotle/The Counter

On the other side of the Market Street a variety of lunch service restaurants will satisfy your cravings between stores. Potbelly is located in the middle of the shopping center (next to Cold Stone Creamery and Starbucks). Salata, The Counter and Chipotle are on the same strip, giving you a few options if you find yourself shopping at Bath & Body Works, Charming Charlie's or Luke's Locker.

Lunch or Dinner on the Mall Ring Road: Sweet Tomatoes/Jerry Built Home Grown Burgers/TGI Fridays/Macaroni Grill

When you find yourself circling and circling around Mall Ring Road trying to find a parking space, sometimes it is best to just pull off at one of the surrounding restaurants for a bite to eat. No, you are not giving up in the battle of Christmas parking wars, you're simply trying to ease the tension and stress by making your stomach happy. Stop for salads, soups and sandwiches at Sweet Tomatoes, burgers and fries at Jerry Built and TGI Fridays, or a simple Italian meal at Macaroni Grill.

Lunch in Pinecroft Shopping Center: Freebirds/Chick-fil-A/Genghis Grill

For those grabbing electronics at Best Buy, makeup and hair accessories at Ulta, or various knick-knacks at World Market in the Pinecroft Shopping Center, grab a bite to eat at Freebirds, Chick-fil-A or Genghis Grill. Each of these restaurants faces Lake Woodlands Drive.

Lunch Between Pinecroft Road and I-45: Jason's Deli/Quiznos/Guadalajara

In this shopping center, you'll find Toys "R" Us, Marshalls, Target and Golf Galaxy, as well as a few places to eat. Have a quick lunch at Jason's Deli or Quiznos, or sit down for a longer lunch (or dinner) at Guadalajara to rest your feet before heading back to the stores.

Lunch at Portofino Shopping Center: Pei Wei/Katz's Express/Spring Creek Barbeque

This shopping center in Shenandoah off of I-45 is not technically in The Woodlands, but it is close enough and boasts a variety of stores not found in The Woodlands Mall. Pei Wei, Katz's and Spring Creek are delicious and quick places to keep in mind.

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