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I Kinda Like Living in Katy!

Jaymes | Feb 15, 201106:03 AM

So over in the "Chinese in Katy" thread, there's been some chatting about Katy-area restaurants other than Chinese. Thought it might be a good time to begin a general Katy thread.

We've lived here in Katy for about two years now, and definitely have some favorites.

Antonia's for Italian is wonderful. It's rather expensive, but we think it's as good as Italian anywhere. It's a chef-driven place, named after the chef-owner's mother, Antonia, who gazes serenely down upon the proceedings from her photograph on an honored spot on the wall right by the front door. There's no doubt she's proud of her boy, Roberto, who is always in the kitchen turning out excellent food based upon her recipes. His brother, Rafael, operates a sister restaurant in Cypress, also featuring a photo of Mama. I haven't been there, but I'm sure it's just as good. Great waitstaff as well. Favorites here are the osso bucco, the veal saltimbocca, the Insalata Caprese, finished off by a snifter of beautiful golden limoncello from the vat that Roberto always has steeping. For less-expensive Italian family fare, we go to the unfortunately-named (in our opinion, anyway) Hasta La Pasta. That name makes it sound like it's some sort of B-list strip mall fast Italian food. It's not. It's a great and affordable, full-service Italian restaurant. There's a bruschetta and hot spinach dip appetizer plate that's absolutely terrific, and it's all I order for dinner on nights when I'm not that hungry. On nights when I am that hungry, I go for the lasagna. It's outstanding.

We go out for Mexican most Friday nights (we call it "TexMex Friday"). We like Tony's, Las Mananitas (where the fresh seafood dishes are standouts), and El Jarrito the best. For authentic Mexican, you can't beat the little (6-seater) lunch counter at Las Tarascas, a small Mexican grocery store and carniceria on Mason. Also, Taqueria Arandas is excellent, as long as you stay away from TexMex dishes.

Khun Noi is serving up excellent Thai, and Pho Saigon, a branch of a long-time Houston restaurant is really wonderful. For Chinese, we've settled in at Hong Kong's Cafe.

Captain Tom's up on I-10 can be 'hit or miss,' but when it's 'hit,' it's really good, and it's always a lot of fun to sit at the bar and order a michelada.

We like Fish City Grill sometimes, too. Although some of the food is a bit pedestrian, the Oyster Nachos are utterly fabulous. They know that it sounds a little weird, but think (correctly) that once you try them, you're hooked. So if you tell them that it's your first time there, or that you've never had the Oyster Nachos, they'll give you an order on the house. And if you like authentic, original Margaritas (with none of that yucky bottled sweet & sour stuff), this is the place to order them. They come in a colorful plastic shaker, that I think you can keep. At least, I've kept mine.

So those are a few of our favorites.

What are yours?

Hasta La Pasta
1450 W Grand Pkwy S Ste E, Katy, TX 77494

Las Mananitas
803 S Mason Rd Ste 400, Katy, TX 77450

Las Tarascas
1025 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450

Hong Kong's Cafe
1632 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450

El Jarrito
21724 Highland Knolls Dr, Katy, TX 77450

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