Head to Pearland for Outstanding Comfort Food Classics!

shrimp and grits at Magnolia Cajun Comfort in Pearland


People might differ in what comfort food they reach for in stressful times. It might be cheesy, creamy, sweet or warming dishes, but one thing is for certain: Pearland has outstanding examples of each and The Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau website, Visit Pearland, is a great place to find additional, must-try restaurants! Read on for a few outstanding examples of comfort food for satisfying your soul.

grilled cheese sandwich with brisket
Find the perennially popular Brisket Grilled Cheese sandwich at Central Texas Style Barbecue, where it’s a Wednesday lunch special. Courtesy photo.

Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Central Texas Style Barbecue, 4110 West Broadway: Stop by this family-owned and -operated kitchen for daily goodies such as hickory-smoked brisket, chicken, ribs, sausage, pressed Cuban sandwiches and an extensive variety of sides and desserts. On Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests clamor for the Eddie Special; a massive brisket grilled cheese sandwich. It comes with nearly a half-pound of chopped brisket layered with five slices of American cheese inside thick and buttery Texas toast. The brisket is served dry, with a side of the housemade tangy citrus barbecue sauce, as well as pickles and onions. The sandwich is $9.50 or add a side and drink for a total of $13.95. Choose dine-in, carry out and DoorDash delivery.

waffle topped with fried chicken and sauce
Pearl sugar lends a sweet and lightly crunchy element to the Chicken & Waffle from Seabrook Waffle Company. Courtesy photo.

Chicken & Waffle at Seabrook Waffle Company, 2740 Broadway: Visit this family-owned cafe where locals have noshed on specialty breakfast and brunch dishes since the first location opened in Seabrook in 2012. Find an assortment of sweet and savory selections, plus a full coffee bar featuring drinks made with house-roasted beans.

When it comes to comfort, the best-selling Chicken & Waffle entices taste buds with a range of flavor and textural notes. It starts with a light and gently crunchy Liege waffle made with Seabrook Waffle Company’s signature dough and spiked with pearl sugar. Next, two pieces of juicy fried chicken are capped with tangy Boar’s Head Swiss cheese, salty crumbled bacon, luxurious housemade Hollandaise sauce and fresh green onions. The optional raspberry-jalapeño preserves add a lovely sweet-and-spicy counterpoint. Find it at both locations for $9.95 available for dine in and to go.

fried chicken in bucket with biscuit
Fried Chicken is a treasured treat at Killen’s Barbecue. Courtesy photo.

Fried Chicken at Killen’s Barbecue, 3613 Broadway: Although Ronnie Killen’s beloved barbecue joint is popular for smoked meats and outstanding sides, loyal fans also flock there for the fried chicken special. It includes an eight-piece bucket, (a whole fried chicken!) and comes with four scratch-made biscuits and creamy gravy, all for $20.

Before being cooked, the bird gets a dose of Ronnie Killen’s proprietary fried chicken spice blend and a soak in buttermilk. It is dredged in seasoned flour and fried to order, so it’s always fresh. When available, it is served for dine-in and to-go all weekend (Friday through Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Right now, it is available on a sporadic basis, but plans are in the works to offer it on the daily menu soon. Until then, follow the restaurant’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get first dibs.

Shrimp and grits at Magnolia Cajun Comfort
Savory Shrimp N’ Grits at Magnolia Cajun Comfort is an outstanding example of this prized, traditional Gulf Coast dish. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Shrimp N’ Grits at Magnolia Cajun Comfort, 1807 Broadway: This quintessential Gulf Coast meal is as cozy as it comes. Each bowl is brimming with rich and creamy grits topped with juicy seasoned shrimp and an alluring butter sauce spiked with lemon. To make it, Chef Steve Haug follows a flavor-packed process that features Gulf of Mexico Brown jumbo U-12 shrimp and a variety of vegetables. He sautés diced fresh poblano peppers and onions in unsalted butter until they begin to soften, then adds chicken stock and half-and-half and bringing to a boil. Then, he adds fine yellow grits, mild shredded cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. The finishing sauce combines sautéd hickory smoked bacon, diced red bell peppers and onions tossed with five Cajun-spiced and seared Gulf of Mexico Brown jumbo shrimp and four ounces of lemon butter. The unforgettable dish costs $16 at lunch and dinner.

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