8 Spots to Find Fresh, Feel-Good Fare in Pearland
Start the new year right with Pearland restaurants serving fresh, feel-good-fare such as soups, salads and hand-held delights like sandwiches, tacos and other goods featuring seafood and lean meats. These dishes are great time-savers for weekday lunches and easy evening meals, too. Why not pick up an extra quart or two of soup to toss in the freezer for convenience when you need it most? Discover must-try selections below, check out the Visit Pearland dining page for more inspiration and explore all that the city’s hospitality scene has to offer.
Busy Bee Cafe, 4009 Broadway: The original restaurant opened in 1935 in Alta Loma, Texas, and now there are two locations in Alvin and Pearland. Guests clamor for the signature Chicken Fried Steak, available with an astounding 20 side dish choices. In addition to hearty main dishes, there are wraps, sandwiches, salads and soups. Wraps are $8.29 each and available in five combinations, each tucked into a soft whole wheat tortilla. Selections include grilled Ham and Swiss with lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing and Turkey Bacon with Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing.
There are plenty of sandwiches, too, such as Tuna, Turkey, BLT and Club. Choose from five salads such as Southwest Chicken, Taco or Caesar. Soup Combos are $7.99 each, and include one cup of soup plus either a side salad or choice of grilled cheese, ham or turkey sandwich.
Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet, 3050 Silverlake Village Drive: This family-owned and -operated company first opened in Houston in 1992 and retains a steadfast commitment to fresh, quality ingredients. Menu items are available as individual orders, but the fun is really in crafting your own customized plate of flavors and textures. The all-day buffet is a good choice for mixed company, too, as it has a vast assortment of Halal and Mediterranean dishes, including vegan and gluten-free options.
Try soups such as Lentil with red lentils and spinach or Chicken With Vermicelli spiked with cilantro, carrots and onions. There are also 11 salad choices, including the peppy Fatoush with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, mint, lemon juice, olive oil and salt, creamy Kale Caesar and hearty Greek. Protein-rich options include Pinto Bean Salad and Chickpea Salad.
Although there aren’t sandwiches per se, you can create your own masterpiece by stuffing salads or falafel into housemade pita bread and swiping in a layer of dip such as four kinds of Hummus, Baba Ghanouge, or Cucumber/Mint Yogurt. Buffet selections are available all day with a per-pound option for takeout.
Eight Turn Crepe, 2810 Business Center Drive: Crepes are often associated with France, but this New York City company opened in 2013 with a Japanese perspective. According to the restaurant’s website, in Japan the number 8 signifies happiness and prosperity. The business extends these well wishes to customers along with the hope that a good crepe will “turn your day around.” All of the crepes are made with 100% gluten-free rice flour, and there are vegan selections in the works. The light-textured crepe, intriguing fillings and portability factor make these an excellent choice for eating on the go.
The Pearland menu is divided into savory and sweet selections. Of the former, there are 10 items such as Shrimp Avocado with baby spinach, carrots, red pepper, tofu sauce and spicy mayo or Chicken Thai with chicken breast, organic mixed greens, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, Thai dressing, sweet chili sauce and sesame seeds. Choose from 11 add-ons, such as eggs, smoked salmon, truffled mushrooms and shrimp.
Sweet treats include a dozen variations such as NY Blueberry Cheesecake with custard cream, vanilla gelato, whipped yogurt, blueberry reduction and Pocky sticks, or Harajuku Fruit Cocktail with strawberries, banana, raspberry, blueberries, mano, custard cream, whipped yogurt and almonds. Customers can also create their own unique flavor combinations with a variety of fruit, nut, cream and granola toppings.
Four Friends Tea Room, 3816 East Broadway: Visit this charming, locally owned cafe for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and relax with an assortment of teas, soups, sandwiches and salads. The scratch-made menu includes tempting selections available for dine in, takeout and third-party delivery. You can even pre-order larger quantities to keep on hand for easy, soul-nourishing weeknight dinners!
Mix and match items to create a custom combination using the baseline plates as a guide. The Afternoon Tea is $15 and includes a pot of tea, choice of three finger sandwiches and choice of dessert, whereas the Four Friends Classic comes with a pot of tea, cup of soup (make it a bowl for $1 more), salad, three finger sandwiches or two croissant sandwiches, chips, pickle and choice of dessert for $20. There are Salad Samplers, too, along with a la carte sandwiches such as the Triple Decker Club and filled croissants. Choose from 11 sandwich fillings such as Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, Pumpkin Bread with Sweet Cream Filling and Pimento Cheese, along with five sides such as the rotating soup du jour, broccoli salad and fruit.
As the same implies, there is plenty of tea, too. Opt for hot, organic loose leaf Zhi Tea in 13 flavors such as Jasmine Green, Sweet Desert Delight Red Rooibos, Fredericksburg Peach and Austin Breakfast. There are unsweetened iced teas, too, in four fruit flavors such as White Peach and Mango, plus coffee, lemonade, soda and hot chocolate.
Grace Market, 9415 Broadway: The newest concept from Adrian Hembree of Grazia Italian Kitchen opened in late 2021 and offers a quick-service counterpoint to the leisurely, sit-down vibe at its sister restaurant. The focus here is on serving exceptional sandwiches featuring locally sourced meats, cheeses and produce.
The cold selections include 10 options packed with both familiar and adventurous fillings. Try the Dolce Vita with honey ham, smoked turkey breast, applewood smoked bacon, smashed seasoned avocado, shredded lettuce, marinated tomatoes, red onion and mayo or the Muffaletta with honey ham, mortadella, hot capicola, Genoa salami, olive tapenade, giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetable relish), oil and vinegar, provolone and Swiss cheeses (available hot or cold). Eleven hot sandwiches include the Meat-A-Baller with Wagyu and pork meatballs, spicy marinara, whipped ricotta, red onions, provolone, grated Romano and creamy ranch aioli, or Chicken Gruyere with grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, honey dijon, and arugula. There are also Texas Toast sandwiches stuffed inside thick slices of bread with names like Yo Adrian and The Sittalian. Five salads hit a variety of flavor notes such as Tomato and Burrata, Chicken, Cobb and Antipasto.
Killen’s TMX, 9330 Broadway: Chef and Pearland native Ronnie Killen is well-known for his steak and barbecue, but he has a golden touch with Tex-Mex food too.
Tacos may not be a sandwich, technically, but these handheld delights are equally delicious when filled with fresh and (semi) virtuous fare. Try the Baja Fish Tacos available with fried or grilled white fish, crunchy cabbage, sweet mango pico and chipotle aioli, or the Lobster Tacos Puerto Nuevo with pan seared lobster, romaine, black beans, pico and chipotle aioli. The Greatest Fajita straddles the line with its three-meat combo of grilled chicken, crab and lobster sauce.
Magnolia Cajun Comfort, 1807 Broadway: This local spot offers a menu of Gulf Coast favorites from both Louisiana and Texas. There are hearty entrées such as pork chops, ribeyes, chicken fried steak and loaded pastas, plus a mix of salads, soups and sandwiches. Of the latter trio, choose from Chef Steve’s Seafood Soup made with shrimp and redfish (and inspired by chef-owner Steve Haug’s own family recipe), or the classic Chicken & Sausage Gumbo with optional crab meat topper for $5 more.
Pair a soup with one of four salads such as the simple-but-satisfying House Mixed Green Salad with tomato, cucumber, onion, housemade croutons and bacon, or kick things up with the Seafood Cobb made with mixed greens, tomato, avocado, egg, crabmeat, shrimp and Cajun remoulade dressing. Upgrade any salad with chicken ($5), shrimp ($6) or salmon ($8).
If a sandwich is calling your name, Magnolia can help with 10 kinds that range from decadent to virtuous. Try the Cajun Scallop Sliders served on Hawaiian rolls with tomatoes, bacon and Cajun aioli, shrimp or catfish Po’Boys and The “Who Blat” stuffed with bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato on Texas Toast with Cajun mayo. All sandwiches come with French fries; add bacon or avocado for $2 each.
Wrap & Roll, 8209 Broadway: Your taste buds can really have fun at this fusion Asian restaurant where the kitchen fills bowls and wraps with all sorts of complimentary flavors and textures. They even have a dish that incorporates an eggroll in a burrito!
If light and tasty food is on your radar, try one of four Lettuce Wraps: Grilled Chicken, BBQ Pork ($4.99 for two), Filet Mignon or Grilled Shrimp ($5.99 for two). Each includes iceberg lettuce, pickled carrots, crispy “oodles” and a perky Tamarind dipping sauce. Choose a protein from .
There are 13 wraps, too, including lighter options stuffed into spinach tortillas with lettuce, pickle, carrots, cranberries, spicy mayo and choice of protein: Ribeye, Tofu, Mongolian Chicken, BBQ Pork, Filet Mignon, Grilled Shrimp or Honey Spinach Chicken. Guests seeking lower-carb dishes can order from the Fusion Zoodle menu in which zucchini noodles replace flour-based versions. Choose from 23 flavor combinations such as Sriracha Tofu, Ginger Broccoli Steak and Mongolian Shrimp.
You can also check out the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau dining website and social media for the latest updates. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. There is even a YouTube channel with videos that take you right to the people and places that make Pearland a great food and drink destination!