Located just outside First Colony Mall in Sugar Land, Tx, Mia Bella Trattoria specializes in great Italian food. I have been multiple times since they have opened and have always had a wonderful experience. The food is presented beautifully and the waitstaff is very attentive.
Every time I have gone there it has been for lunch so I will speak specifically to this. While they do have an extensive lunch menu that has some very interesting dishes (like the Caoesante con Porri which are sautéed sea scallops with a roasted jalapeño pesto cream sauce and topped with fried leeks) the thing to go for is their lunch special. This is a three course meal for $11.99. This meal starts off with a choice of soup or salad. Thankfully my wife has tried the salad and lintel soup because I have not been able to get past the Tomato-Basil Bisque with mozzarella and sour cream.
On the entree course you get to choose from five or six different options. I highly recommend the Chicken Marsla or the Polpette (meatball with whole wheat spaghetti).
The last course is the dessert course. This changes from day to day so you are never sure what you will get. Some of the options I have had were bread pudding, creme brulee, chocolate oblivion (the closest description I can give is a chocolate tres leches but not overly sweet).
Soon I will have to go back and try a proper dinner course and their Saturday or Sunday brunch, but if it is anything like their lunch I am sure I will enjoy it. Mia Bella Trattoria also has three other locations in Houston on Main street, Downtown Pavillions, and Vintage Park.
One of my favorite places to go in Missouri City, TX when you want something fast and easy but just cannot face eating fast food. Hoggs N’ Chicks is owned by Frederic Perrier, the same person who owns Aura, a great french restaurant (but that is the subject for another blog).
H&C serve burgers, sliders, chicken, pizza and other things that might be considered fast food but then take them up to the next level by using quality ingredients and styles that truely make them gourmet.
The best sandwich there in my opinion is the OhMyGosh! Sandwich. It is a pork lover’s dream with Pulled Pork, Pork Loin, Pork Belly, Bacon and their homemade Chipolte Mayo. When the restaurant first opened this sandwich was a french dip and came with au jus and I still love it this way. If you ask they will provide you a cup.
For those who are wanting something “lighter” the salads are outstanding. Fair warning though these are not small servings. A carry over from Aura Cafe is the Aura Salad with mixed greens, apples, yummy candied almonds, Gorgonzola cheese and a lemon EVOO dressing.
The staff there is always friendly and attentive. In all the times I have been there there has only been one mistake and they fixed it quickly with no hassle. The prices are very fair for the amount of food you get and cost only slightly more than most fast food chains so it is very difficult to beat the value. They are open seven days a week and on Sunday they do an all day brunch that is well worth checking out.
Hoggs N’ Chicks is located on Highway 6 in Missouri City across from the Sienna Plantation HEB. You can find more information about them at http://hoggsnchicks.com/index.html
Hello fans of good food in and around Houston. This blog will be dedicated to showcasing my experiences, both good and bad, at restaurants around Houston. Don’t let the word gourmet in my title fool you though, some of the best food can be found in little hole in the wall restaurants and I will report on those as well as the top ones around town.