Best of 2017: 11 dining profiles from the Richmond area

Joelu2019s Chicken Fried Chicken ($12.99) is a plate of chicken fried steak tossed in Buffalo wing sauce with mashed potatoes and smothered in queso served at Texas Borders Bar and Grill.

Joelu2019s Chicken Fried Chicken ($12.99) is a plate of chicken fried steak tossed in Buffalo wing sauce with mashed potatoes and smothered in queso served at Texas Borders Bar and Grill.

Community Impact Newspaper publishes a dining feature each month on a locally owned restaurant in the Richmond area. Check out each of our profiles from 2017 below:

Victoria’s Mexican Grill & Bar
This Mexican food eatery opened in 2015, offering everything from enchiladas with bacon wrapped shrimp to stuffed poblano peppers.
1868 FM 359, Richmond.

Clancy’s Public House
Clancy’s menu includes popular appetizers, such as seasoned and fried pork skins known as cracklins, specialty sandwiches and burgers, including a traditional Reuben sandwich, and entrees such as 12-ounce hand-cut rib-eye steaks and shepherd’s pie.
503 FM 359, Ste. 118, Richmond.

Lomonte’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Lomonte’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria has been serving Italian cuisine in Richmond for 10 years.
815 Plantation Drive, Richmond.


Sandy McGee's Restaurant and Catering 
This restaurant and catering business operates out of the old post office building in downtown that was built in the 1800s. 314 Morton St., Richmond.

Ninja Japanese Cuisine 
This Richmond eatery offers special sushi rolls and sashimi, or high-quality raw fish. 1800 FM 359, Ste. 180, Richmond.

Yai's Thai Kitchen 
Yai's Thai Kitchen in Richmond offers dishes such as chicken satay and jungle chicken. 7035 W. Grand Parkway S., Ste. 90, Richmond.

Pier 36 Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Pier 36 offers an upscale, casual atmosphere with classic Gulf Coast seafood, such as Gulf fish and shrimp, domestic catfish and local crab meat, as well as a full bar and happy hour specials. 1410 E. Hwy. 90A, Ste. 200, Richmond.

The Swinging Door 
This local restaurant serves pecan-smoked brisket, ribs, chicken and sausage, with homemade sides, such as green beans and coleslaw. 3818 FM 359, Richmond. 281-342-4758.

The Grove Do-nutz & Deli
The Grove Do-nutz & Deli offers about 40 different doughnut flavors. 815 Plantation Drive, Richmond. 281-232-6406.

Texas Borders Bar and Grill
Customers can try everything from blackened chicken wings to chicken-fried chicken with mashed potatoes at this local spot. 26440 FM 1093, Ste. 400 Richmond. 281-394-2100.

Larry's Original Mexican Restaurant 
Some of Larry’s most popular dishes are the special combination nachos, fajitas and enchiladas. 116 E. Hwy. 90A, Richmond. 281-342-2881.

By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.


Dreamz Smoke and Vape opened in Sugar Land in August. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Dreamz Smoke and Vape now open in Sugar Land

Dreamz sells a variety of smoking accessories.

(Courtesy city of League City)
League City officials plan for office space, other commercial developments on west side

While reviewing League City’s land use plan, city officials said they hope to see more commercial development on the city’s undeveloped southwest side.

ExxonMobil has held office space at Hughes Landing in The Woodlands. (Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.)
ExxonMobil confirms it is bringing Hughes Landing employees back to Spring location

The energy company previously moved employees to The Woodlands to satisfy a tax abatement requirement.

Virtual learning for K-6 students will continue to be offered at CCISD, as this is independent of the temporary remote conferencing option. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Clear Creek ISD to pause remote conferencing as COVID-19 cases decline and other updates

Remote conferencing, which has been available to students since late August, will be offered through Oct. 29, district leaders said Oct. 25. It is offered via the Texas Education Agency and meant for those who may need to receive instruction from home for durations of up to 20 days.

Missouri City City Council considered the proposed Texas Parkway/Cartwright Road Facade Improvement Program during its Oct. 18 meeting. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Missouri City City Council discusses $1 million program to help businesses with exterior improvements

Known as the Texas Parkway/Cartwright Road Facade Improvement Program, the program will reimburse commercial businesses for up to 75% of upgrades and renovations they undertake that “substantially improve the exterior of their buildings along the corridor.”

Montgomery County needs to approve new precinct maps by Nov. 12 as part of the redistricting process. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County to redistrict commissioner precincts following initial assessment

Following the release of the 2020 U.S. Census, a legal firm that contracted with the county recommended commissioner precincts be redrawn to reflect Montgomery County's growth.

Windsor Fashions LLC on Oct. 15 opened its doors inside Baybrook Mall. (Courtesy Windsor Fashions)
National retail store Windsor Fashions LLC opens at Baybrook Mall

Windsor Fashions LLC opened Oct. 15 inside Baybrook Mall at 500 Baybrook Mall, Ste. 1314, Friendswood, in the Forever 21 wing next to Charlotte Russe.

From left, Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Wayne Young, CEO of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis announced a new community-initiated mental health care project during a press conference Oct. 26. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)
Harris County officials unveil new three-year $8.93M community-initiated mental health care initiative

The community care model will focus on 10 ZIP codes totaling about 300,000 residents that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and suicide, and that have a lower utilization of behavioral health care services, by providing mental health education and training to members of the community.

KISD employees received their last pay increase in July. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Katy ISD approves doubling December employee bonuses

The money, which will come through in employees’ December paychecks, is normally a 1% lump sum payment built into the district’s compensation plan but is being raised to 2% for this year.

Though a date has yet to be determined, Rice University will soon join the American Athletic Conference. (Courtesy Rice University)
Rice University to join American Athletic Conference

Rice University athletics will soon be moving to another conference with longtime rivals.

The Nines Thai Cuisine had a grand opening for its Sugar Land restaurant on Oct. 18. (Courtesy Pexels)
The Nines Thai Cuisine now serving authentic dishes in Sugar Land

Some of The Nines' specials include egg rolls, spicy seafood soup, Thai barbecue, broccoli stir fry and green curry.