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Sugar Land Dining Al Fresco Style

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Soak in the summer sun at some of Sugar Land’s delightful outdoor dining options

Written by Cherri Northcutt

Sugar Land, TX News - The lazy days of summer are upon us bringing a slower pace, a more casual attitude, and plenty of sunshine. It’s the perfect time to enjoy some great food and cool drinks with friends. What better way to do that than dining al fresco? Luckily, Sugar Land is home to a number of local eateries offering outdoor dining establishments where you can sample a variety of culinary delights.

The Livingstons take advantage of sunny summer afternoons and late sunsets, and enjoy al fresco dining

Bombay Pizza Co.
636 Hwy. 6, #100
281-242-1131 This local gem offers a unique fusion of Italian and Indian cuisine with pizzas you won’t find anywhere else. Owner Viral Patel says, “Summer is a great time to try the Gateway of India Pizza, with cilantro, mint chutney, tandoori chicken, and crab meat.” He recommends the Indian flatbread rolls. “It’s a party wrapped up in a piece of bread,” Patel says. Filling options include blackened chicken, veggie roll, sweet potato, or masala shrimp. The patio is a welcoming space for children and pets as well. Patel says, “We have a great view, and you can book the patio for parties.”

Churrascos
1520 Lake Pointe Pkwy., #500
835-532-5300
Churrascos has a lovely covered patio with a cool, relaxing atmosphere and a wonderful view of the lake. General manager Nicole Green suggests a couple of fresh menu choices to delight your taste buds. “Our Ceviche options include ahi tuna, lobster campechana, Peruvian blue tilapia, crispy calamari, and gulf shrimp,” Green says. Another summertime favorite is the crab and avocado salad. “It’s got jumbo lump crab, Roma tomatoes, and avocado mousse with jalapeno vinaigrette,” says Green. She suggests you follow it up with one of their tropical fruit sorbets.

A fan favorite for al fresco dining is Churrascos’ tilapia shrimp ceviche

Earl of Sandwich
1930 Hwy. 6
281-240-1762
You’ll find outdoor tables and a lot more than sandwiches at the Earl of Sandwich. They offer soups, salads, wraps, bakery items, and hot sandwiches. “Our top items right now are the salads and wraps, especially the berry almond chicken salad – which is gluten free,” says general manager Juliane Kubyczewski. It comes with spinach, fresh strawberries and blueberries, grilled chicken, almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette. “Our most popular wraps are the chicken bacon avocado wrap and the Baja chicken wrap,” Kubyczewski shares. The Baja chicken wrap is made with both fajita and chipotle seasonings, grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, and tomato.

Escalante’s
15933 City Walk
281-242-1100
Located on a prominent corner in the Sugar Land Town Square, Escalante’s is a great place to satisfy your Tex Mex cravings and enjoy some people watching on their newly remodeled patio. “We wanted a bigger outdoor space, yet more enclosed and cozy with plants, shrubs, and plenty of shade,” says general manager Gary Bullen. Food preferences tend to change in the summer months. “Although, our fajitas and bacon-wrapped shrimp are year-round favorites,” Bullen says. “More guests order the fish tacos and salads during summertime.”

Sugar Landers enjoy a variety of outdoor dining options like Escalante’s

Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill
716 Hwy. 6
281-313-3145
At Fadi’s, you can enjoy fine Mediterranean cuisine while relaxing under the balcony with dangling plants and flowers all around. “You will feel like you are on vacation in Europe,” says manager Fred Mankarious. He recommends their salad. “Our Lebanese salad with crunchy cucumbers and other fresh vegetables in olive oil, lemon juice, and dried mint is a customer favorite.”

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
16535 S.W. Fwy., #2500
281-265-2280
With their coal-fired brick oven, Grimaldi’s takes pizza to the next level. Their most popular summertime pizza toppings are grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, and fresh baby spinach. With a view of First Colony Mall’s outdoor plaza, you’ll want to relax and stay a while. “We also have an excellent selection of handmade sangrias,” says Grimaldi’s marketing director Brittany Maroney.

Spicy fish tacos at Ruggles Green include your choice of grilled or fried tilapia

 

Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant & Bar
4654 Hwy. 6 S.
281-242-0389
Keeper’s is known for its fresh sushi and elegant atmosphere. “We use only the best quality fish from around the world,” says manager Bin Cheng. For lunch, he suggests Keeper’s bento boxes. “Customers can choose two entrees to go in them,” Cheng explains. You can enjoy your choices on their cozy, shaded patio. “We have ceiling fans and flowers all around,” Cheng says.

Live Oak Grill
12935 S. Dairy Ashford Rd.
281-491-5253
For a country feeling inside the city limits, you can’t beat Live Oak Grill. “Our outside tables are under big oak trees,” says manager Heather Donnelly. “A popular choice among our regulars is the southwest salad, which features chicken fajita meat, iceberg and romaine lettuce, mandarin oranges, pecans, shredded cheese, and pico de gallo topped with tortilla strips.”

Live Oak Grill serves up juicy burgers and onion rings

Pappasito’s Cantina
13750 S.W. Fwy.
281-565-9797
Brian Nelson, manager at Pappasito’s in Sugar Land, says, “Our dining rooms are top notch, but you don’t have to limit yourself to sitting inside.” He recommends their fresh guacamole. “We hand select our produce every day to ensure we use only the best ripe Haas avocados, perfectly roasted jalapenos, and fresh lime juice…all mixed to order,” he says.

Ruggles Green
15903 City Walk
281-565-1175
Federico Marques, director and co-owner of Ruggles Green, is proud of their homegrown herb garden. Ruggles Green is the Houston area’s first Certified Green restaurant. Marques says, “We have several fan-favorite summer specials such as our spicy fish tacos, buffalo burger, or the veggie nut burger.” SLM

CHERRI NORTHCUTT is a freelance writer and is a big fan of al fresco dining with family and friends.

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