New Restaurants In Pearland to Check Out for Winter 2024

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There’s always somewhere new to dine in Pearland, and these latest restaurant openings reflect a mix of cuisines and experiences. Satisfy cravings from morning through late-night with specialty drinks, seafood, Tex-Mex and even an engaging entertainment venue. Keep an eye on the Visit Pearland dining website for new destinations!

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The Fajitas Madre at El Caudillo in Pearland comes loaded with beef, chicken, grilled cheese, chorizo and lobster tail. Courtesy photo.

El Caudillo, 3525 South Main: There’s something for everyone at this destination for Mexican fare, where heritage ingredients meet modern preparations. El Caudillo opened in Fall 2023 and offers an inviting atmosphere and clever spins on traditional flavors. There are can’t-miss starters like Chile Con Queso and Chicharron Chips served with cheese dip, guacamole and salsa, plus less-expected finds such as BBQ Pork Ribs in a housemade spicy sauce and wings in flavors like buffalo or mango habanero. Soups and salads hit both fresh and familiar notes with options like Caldo de Mariscos (seafood soup) filled with scallops, shrimp, fish, crab, octopus and potatoes, and the enticing Mango Salad made with fresh, juicy mango, aromatic grapefruit, onions, mixed greens, sunflower seeds and strawberries.

Discover fusion-style dishes such as Mexican Paella made with Spanish rice, saffron, vegetables, chicken, sausage and chorizo, or Mexican-Style Pizzas available in six combinations such as carnitas or shrimp. There is a steak menu, too, with six beefy dishes like Asada with rice and beans and the impressive Molcajete brimming with fajita beef, fajita chicken, shrimp, salsa, cactus, and grilled cheese with rice, plus beans and guacamole.

Visit on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for seven lunch plates, most of which cost less than $12. Options include the Tejano Plate with carne asada and a quesadilla or the Enchilada Plate, which comes with two green or red chicken enchiladas, beans, pico de gallo and sour cream. There’s weekend brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., too, with two kinds of chilaquiles, tacos, pancakes and more. 

The bar menu features 24 kinds of tequila plus classic cocktails and 9 margaritas that reflect simple blends alongside flavored selections such as strawberry, orange and watermelon.​​ Follow on Facebook for the latest specials, catering menus and more.

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Find filling bowls of hearty, cozy gumbo at Hometown Seafood Company in Pearland. Courtesy photo.

Hometown Seafood Company, 5010 Broadway: This cool kitchen opened in June 2023 and serves coastal classics alongside cozy, land-based fare in a sleek, approachable space. Whet your palate with the cold and raw bar, where essentials include Gulf and East Coast oysters and Tuna Poke Nachos. For a mixed starter, the Chilled Sampler offers Gulf shrimp and oysters, tuna poke and shrimp cocktail. There are four styles of Grilled Oysters, too, like Rockefeller or Drunken, which features chorizo-beer sauce and cheese. Visit on Mondays for all-day $1 Gulf Coast oysters on the half shell.

Main courses include eight Fried Platters with options like soft shell crab or catfish that each come with French fries, hushpuppies and accouterments. There are six fresh fish selections like mahi, redfish and salmon that come with rice pilaf and steamed broccoli. Choose from several cooking styles including grilled or blackened, and add a signature sauce for $6 from choices such as Creole Shrimp & Sausage and Crab & Lemon Butter. Additional entrées include pastas, sandwiches and a handful of lamb and chicken dishes. 

Hometown Seafood is also a great place for midday dining, with $15 lunches available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Combos include a choice from four entrées like a half Lobster Grilled Cheese, or two Puffy Tacos stuffed with shrimp or mahi, and a choice from four sides like a cup of gumbo or bisque, and side salad.

Sunday brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sweet starters include Tres Leches French Toast and Honey Butter Biscuits, with entrées like Crab Cake Benedict and Mojo Shrimp & Grits, which is made with jumbo Gulf shrimp and sausage in a garlic mojo tomato gravy and served atop cheddar grits. A variety of juices, coffees and traditional morning cocktails round out the menu. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the bar only, when drink deals include $5 house wines or martinis, $8 specialty drinks and $4 bottled beers. To eat, try bar snacks such as Crab Wontons, Boudin Eggrolls or Diablo Shrimp & Calamari. Keep an eye on the Facebook feed to learn about the latest dishes and events.

KnP Social, 11720 Broadway: Celebrate special occasions or simply getting through the workday at this new gaming and entertainment venue that, despite its name, caters to “kids” of all ages. Highlights include a Virtual Simulator Suite with more than 13 sports like soccer, basketball, hockey and golf, an Axe Throwing experience in custom enclosed bays, and an Arcade filled with classic and modern games. 

Refuel between rounds with snacks and entrées from the onsite restaurant The Oak Tree, which serves a variety of craveable fare available à la carte or as part of special event packages. (Request event hosting information via the online form). Start with savory snacks, including Crispy Pickles, Texas Corn Riblets, a Charcuterie Board or Bang Bang Shrimp, and a variety of sandwiches and tacos. The latter include the Notorious P.I.G Burger loaded with pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, onion straws and barbecue sauce, or the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich layered with muenster cheese and buttermilk coleslaw on a brioche bun. Filling fare includes Blair’s Beer-Battered Fish & Chips, Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta, and Steak Frites. There are also a variety of pizzas, wings and salads, plus a kids’ menu with selections like hot dogs, burgers and pizza. Guests are welcome to bring their own desserts for special events or work with event staff to select from catering options.    

In addition to being a cool place for families, sports teams or just folks seeking everyday fun, the venue also accommodates groups for all sorts of special occasions such as birthday parties, family reunions, team-building excursions and corporate meetings. Late-night hours make it a great indoor option for evening entertainment: KnP is open until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sundays.

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The Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings, are an enticing selection at Noodle Master in Pearland. Courtesy photo.

Noodle Master, 8201 Broadway: The third Houston-area location of this popular Asian restaurant opened in Pearland in September and serves an extensive menu of handcrafted dishes based on recipes from northwest China. Attention to detail and authenticity is reflected in selections including hand-pulled, made-to-order noodles, myriad kinds of ramen, dumplings and bao, and an extensive list of entrées.    

Appetizers include intriguing bites like Fried Jalapeños stuffed with pork, spring onions and finished with Okonomi Sauce, which is a date-based, sweeter cousin of Worcestershire sauce, and Takoyaki, a fried, round octopus cake with mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce. Warming, comforting bowls include three kinds of Beef Noodle SoupHouse Special, House Special Spicy and Braised — plus Chinese-style Spicy Sesame Sauce Ramen. Each comes with green onions, cilantro, white radish and broccoli, and the ramen also has bamboo shoots, green bean sprouts, sliced ginger, carrots, egg, corn, red chili oil and sesame sauce. Choose from seven noodle styles like thick, thin, flat or wide, and heat levels from mild to “extra hot spicy”. There are three flavors of Japanese ramen, too, such as Black Garlic Spicy Tonkotsu and Big Mac Tonkotsu. Customize with additional toppings for an extra cost.

Bite-sized temptations include boiled, steamed and pan-fried dumplings, Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), and steamed buns stuffed with fillings such as pork and spring onion or barbecued pork. For dessert, try the unique Chocolate Bao with chocolate and finished with a dusting of sugar.

Choose from 13 stir-fried entrées like the perennially popular General’s Tao Chicken and Mix Flavor Eggplant with diced pork, peppers and hot and sour chilies, rice and noodles, or 14 Chef Specials. The latter include Braised Lamb with Soy Sauce and, perhaps less expected, three burgers served on housemade pita buns and filled with choices like beef, egg or lamb. Drinks include standard sodas and waters, plus boba teas and smoothies.

Oh My Tea!, 1909 North Main: This cheerful café opened in November and serves a large menu of freshly prepared hot and cold specialty drinks, but the most notable are the namesake offerings.

Choose from 26 milk teas, available in creamy blends like Okinawa popular for its roasted brown sugar flavor, Wintermelon, Lavender and Chocolate. There are also 19 flavored teas with an emphasis on fruits, such as Passion Fruit Green Tea, Blueberry, Guava and Pineapple, plus six “Special-Teas” that combine iced tea with pieces of fresh produce. The latter include Mango Madness, Boom Peach and Vietnamese Nuoc Mat, which is a traditional and cooling combo prepared with artichoke and pandan leaves.  

Fans of icy concoctions can order slushies available in flavors such as green apple, strawberry and orange, or smoothies that include combos like Cookies & Cream, Coconut, Avocado and Mint Chocolate alongside standard offerings like banana and piña colada. A tight menu of espresso-based beverages is also available, with options such as Vietnamese Coffee, mochas and hazelnut coffee. There are a handful of snacks, too, including hot dogs, Nutella Breadsticks and macaroons. Follow on social media for discounts, specials and more.

Taqueria Los Agaves, 3505 Broadway: The fourth area location of this popular Tex-Mex concept opened in Pearland in November, and serves an extensive morning-’til-late-night menu.

Breakfast includes tacos and burritos, which come with a choice of two toppings from 13 selections like chorizo, egg, cheese and papas rancheros; add additional toppings for less than $1 each. Choose from 12 breakfast plates that come loaded with goodies. Staples include Chilaquiles served with tortilla chips dressed in a special sauce (green or red), two eggs, a slice of fajita, cheese, beans and potatoes, and Huevos Rancheros served with bacon, beans and potatoes. Platters are available after 11 a.m. for a modest $1 more.

Lunch and dinner guests can dig into plates aplenty too; lunch specials include the Tex-Mex Plate with two cheese enchiladas, carne guisada, rice, beans and side salad, the Crispy Taco Plate, and Burrito Special, which cost $8.99 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and increase to $10.50 until closing. There are six combo plates for less than $12 each, like the Barbacoa Plate or Al Pastor Plate served with cactus, guacamole, pico de gallo, beans and rice, and the Chimichanga Plate with a choice of ground beef or chicken smothered in chile con queso and served with guacamole, sour cream, rice and beans.

To drink, try American sodas, plus horchata, Mexican Coke, Topo Chico or a variety of Jarritos sodas. There are six flavors of aguas frescas too, like guava, mango and pineapple. Guests seeking libations can order a variety of domestic and imported beers, plus strawberry, lime or mango margaritas.

Late-night diners can stop in until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday, or order through Doordash and Uber Eats. The restaurant also offers catering, and has several options for onsite special events with private dining spaces and amenities.

Pad See Ew at Thai Stellar in Pearland
Pad See Ew at Thai Stellar in Pearland. Photo by Rebekah Burns.

Thai Stellar, 1826 Country Place Parkway: Try an extensive menu of Thai favorites at the newest location of a regional favorite known for its cheerful space and friendly staff. Whet appetites with starters like Pau Pia Taud (egg rolls with minced pork, glass noodles, shredded cabbage and carrots served with a pineapple sauce), Chicken Satay with peanut sauce and Thai Dumplings stuffed with crab and shrimp. There are five refreshing salads with options like the Papaya made with shredded green papaya, carrots, tomatoes, garlic and peanuts finished with lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar, or Seafood full of steamed shrimp, scallops, squid and mussels seasoned with lime juice, red onions and Thai herbs. There are soups and rice dishes, too, plus noodles like the perennially popular Pad Thai and Drunken.

Warming curry is a Thai cuisine essential, and Thai Stellar serves eight variations. Classics include green, red and massaman alongside fun takes like pineapple with basil, and the Coconut Island By Thai Stellar. The latter features a red curry-spiked coconut milk broth filled with shrimp, scallops, fish filet, basil, carrots, snow peas and zucchini.   

All rice, noodle, curry and entrée dishes are available with a choice of chicken, pork, tofu, beef, shrimp, scallop, squid, veggies or a combination, and can be customized with spice levels from one to five. Fish is a big draw, too, with a choice of whole red snapper and tilapia or tilapia filet, and three toppings such as the spicy chili garlic sauce and fresh basil. Desserts include Mango With Sticky Sweet Rice, Thai Tapioca and Crispy Fried Banana With Ice Cream.

Rice, curry, noodles and entrées are available in lunch or dinner portions, with lunch prices available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those dining late will appreciate the 10 p.m. closing time on Friday and Saturday.

Check out the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau dining website and social media for the latest updates, and follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. There is even a YouTube channel with videos that features the people and places that make Pearland a great food and drink destination!

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