Italian, Tex-Mex and Thai: Here are the Cy-Fair dining features from 2020

Local Table is located in Bridgeland. (Courtesy Local Table)
Local Table is located in Bridgeland. (Courtesy Local Table)

Local Table is located in Bridgeland. (Courtesy Local Table)

From tacos to Thai, Cy-Fair's diverse restaurant scene offers something for everyone. Click the links below to look back at our dining features from 2020.

Couple follows dream by opening Hailey’s Italian Restaurant in Cypress: Yasmin Maldonado co-owns Hailey’s with her husband, Reyes, who serves as the head chef. The eatery, which opened in September 2018, is named after the Maldonados’ 3-year-old daughter. Two of the most popular pasta dishes are also named after their two sons, Dylan and Nathan.

Cy-Fair eatery Monica's Mexican Restaurant gets help from all members of the family: The menu at Monica’s includes both Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican dishes. Jose Luis Cano said his personal preference is for more authentic cuisine, but he wanted to include Tex-Mex due to its popularity among Americans.

Cy-Fair restaurateur builds customer base on ‘old-school’ fundamentals at Manny’s Greek Cafe: Manny Yiakras knows the correct way to pronounce “gyro,” but he said he will not hold it against his customers if they get it wrong. The Greece native and Cy-Fair restaurateur said he combines a passion for food with a love of people when running Manny’s Greek Cafe on Hwy. 6.

Menu at Bananas Thai Cuisine traced back to family recipes: Bananas Thai was founded in 2016 by Kay Munoz, Brodhi Atley’s mother, and the recipes are inspired by her upbringing eating authentic Thai food prepared by her Thailand native family, Atley said. Atley’s grandmother grew up in a small village called Taling Chan, where the original Thailand floating market is held.

Love for Houston, Mexico inspire menu at Tex-Mex Grill and Bar: Jorge Rodriguez started his career in restaurants at the age of 16 working as a dishwasher. Since then, he said his journey has taken him from line cook to sous chef to executive chef to director of operations in charge of thousands of employees. Today, Rodriguez owns and runs Tex Mex Grill & Bar on FM 529 in Cy-Fair, fulfilling his dream of owning a restaurant.

Trattoria Pizza & Pasta offers Italian classics, family recipes on Cypresswood Drive: Elderin Berisha said he prides himself on Trattoria’s competitive prices and compliments from customers regarding the quality of food and service. Despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in his first year of business, he said he is pleased with the community support the restaurant has received.

Husband-and-wife duo persist through pandemic with community support at Cypress Thai restaurant: The COVID-19 pandemic has dropped the eatery’s lunchtime crowd, which was formerly composed largely of office workers in the surrounding area. However, owner Boun Chokbengboun said he is starting to see crowds picking back up again and is optimistic about the future. He said he hopes to open a second location within 15 miles or so of the Cypress location once the pandemic is over.

Local Table brings big-city flair to Cy-Fair: Local Table’s story began in 2016 when its first location opened in Katy as a spin-off concept of the Hungry’s eateries Shervin Sharifi ran in Houston. He said the idea was to bring fresh, quality cuisine to the region’s master-planned communities in a family-friendly setting with affordable prices.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.