Get Outta Town: Foodie Reasons to Venture Outside the Beltway

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Faithful customers queue up for Que at Corkscrew BBQ.

Houston is no doubt a killer place to get your eat on. From the Heights to Midtown, from Rice Village to the Galleria, there are more foodie fun spots than you can shake a stick at. But what do you get when you move away from the hustle and bustle? Are the suburbs nothing but a wasteland of chain restaurants and big-box grocery stores? Or course they aren't, and there are some hidden gems out there.

I'll be regularly highlighting some well known (and not so well known) places outside the beltway...and beyond. So whenever you have a little time on your hands, hit the road and get yourself something good.

Here we go...

Corkscrew BBQ, The Woodlands

What a way to start. Lately there's been quite a bit written and said about the Corkscrew, but in my opinion, it's not enough, and I'll tell you why. Four words: "Brisket of the Gods."

That's right, I said it. It's the brisket I've been waiting my entire life to eat: Moist, salty/smoky, and, unlike the case at most other places serving it, it can be ordered either fatty (recommended) or lean. My go-to is the two-meat plate, but one of those two meats MUST be brisket. Try as I might to break free, I'm but a slave to my fatty beef master.

If you're a lover of all things barbecue, this is definitely the place for you, because the deliciousness doesn't end with the brisket. There's also sausage, chicken, pulled pork and, by the way, did I mention they also smoke a mean pork rib? Hell, even the turkey is moist.

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The two-meat plate at Corkscrew BBQ is an excellent choice.

As far as sides go, they're pretty good as well. The beans are tasty, but don't quite make it to the top of my list (that belongs to Goode Co.). Be forewarned that the potato salad is not mustard-based, which can be a bit off-putting to Texas traditionalists. I personally don't mind it, but I will admit that having some tangy mustard would help to balance out some of that meaty richness. For dessert eaters there's usually a daily cobbler, so be sure to ask if you don't see it posted.

Here's a word to the wise: GET THERE EARLY. They open at 11 a.m., but by that time a crowd has already started to form, and when the food's gone, it's gone (usually around 2 or 3). It's actually kind of funny (and sad) to listen to people groan with disappointment as items run out while they stand in line, inching toward the order window.

Location Info

CorkScrew BBQ

24930 Budde Road, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

24 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, TX

Category: Restaurant

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You were at Hubbell & Hudson and didn't dine in the Bistro? You missed the creations of one of the most talented chefs in the Houston area. His seafood is superb, and I think he makes the best burgers in the Greater Houston area.

A photo of yesterday's Bistro Burger:


. . . of course, it's hard to know about decent restaurants outside the loop if you so rarely travel outside the loop.  I suspect that's the case here.

You know there are *two* Hickory Hollows outside the loop, right?  HH just got rated best chicken fried steak.  One of them is in Magnolia, though, and you downtown types might have to renew your passports to go there.


I assume you have no idea that 6.6M people live in the Houston metro area, but only 2.2M live in the city of Houston.


Wow. Two whole restaurants. Boy oh boy. Wait a second, is this article sarcastic? Because If so, I get it. It's an extremely stupid way to make a point, but I understand the attempt.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Does the Press hire anyone from Houston anymore?

Bruce_Are topcommenter

Hey, take it easy on the new guy.  Some day he'll look back and laugh about this.  For example, the hidden gem that where a line forms early and the place sells out of bbq.

gossamersixteen topcommenter

How much did the Woodland's tourism bureau pay you to write this dreck? And agreed 3 pages for 3 paragraphs is exceedingly annoying.

johnnybench topcommenter

Three pages to highlight two restaurants?  

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Speaking of H&H, they also have one of the best burgers in the city, yet nobody at the Press has actually gone to try it.  Sad, considering how many burger countdowns there have been in the last few years.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@FattyFatBastard Hey, hey guys! Noted!

I will venture to Hubbell & Hudson soon for a burger.

And be nice to the new freelancer :) 

texmex01 topcommenter

@FattyFatBastard That would involve leaving the 610 loop instead of just writing about leaving the 610 loop....


@KaitlinS Try out Black Walnut too, it's the same owners. I know there's one in Rice Village but it's not as good.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@KaitlinS Get the Bistro burger.  8 oz. Sirloin Patty, Bibb Lettuce, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Vermont Cheddar, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Challah Bun 

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