“Buckle up Kids..” Momma Kramer called as she ushered my sister Jessica & I to our family car. Dad had the engine started. “Never drive on a cold engine…” he insisted on a sweltering 101° Texas day. It was dinnertime. But we lived in The Woodlands, and it was 1989. So it was off to Conroe for family dinner! I am now traumatized with the number of times we went to this cafeteria style restaurant, that shall go unnamed (it starts with an “L”, & ends with “uby’s”). But it was consistent(ly average) and affordable for a family of four. And there were green “healthy” choices. “Does green Jell-o count?” I’d always ask… it was worth a try.
This was our routine for quite a while, while the restaurant scene gradually began in The Woodlands. I saw The Woodlands transform from a one-lane main road, with one stop light, to one of the fastest growing communities in the Country, and the food scene has kept pace with the rapid growth.
Award winning food blogger, and Woodlands resident Albert Nurick says, “As a foodie who grew up in Houston, I was impressed by the thriving food scene that has grown up in The Woodlands.” Albert created a guide to The Woodlands offerings and the increasingly popular foodie discussion site Woodlands Area Foodies, with now over 13,000 members. “From great mom & pop taquerias and burger joints, to destination dining, The Woodlands has a food scene rivaling many larger American cities.”
Acclaimed food blogger Anthony Compofelice (The Subtle Foodie) says “The Woodlands, and its residents, are being treated to the best this state and country has to offer. Seeing local chefs, owners, and staff, turning out such amazing food for us suburbanites makes this town a great place to live. We have locally owned restaurants that boast some of the most creative, and arguably, world class food.”
It is an exciting time to join this growing restaurant scene. I take great pride in being a Texan, and even more in my home town of The Woodlands. I am thrilled to be here, giving back to the community where my journey began. We are transforming the old Verizon store on Sawdust & Budde Road (where I bought my first cell phone), to a stunning upscale, fast-casual restaurant, and I can’t wait to show The Woodlands what I have learned in my 15 years away from home.
– Lance Kramer