In each issue, Community Impact Newspaper features a locally owned and operated restaurant. In our spotlights, we look to share the story of how every restaurant came to open its doors and what inspires the vision of its kitchen masters.

As 2019 comes to a close, Community Impact Newspaper would like to revisit those features. Here is every restaurant the Katy edition wrote about over the past twelve months.

Pappa Gyros brings authentic Greek food to Katy

The 900-square-foot Pappa Gyros restaurant may be small, but it has cultivated a large following of Katy-area residents. Read the rest of the story here.

23255 Kingsland Blvd., Katy | 281-574-7764 |

Little V Vietnamese Bistro has ‘grown as the community has grown’

Offering Vietnamese and Asian fusion food, Jimmy Zheng opened Little V Vietnamese Bistro on the southwest side of Katy in 2013 with his cousins and brother-in-law. Read the rest of the story here.

4031 FM 1463, Ste. 68, Katy | 281-394-9888 |

‘We are like a family,’ Astor Farm to Table owner says

Casey Castro welcomes passersby and locals in the Katy area to experience a multitude of cultures and food at his restaurant, Astor Farm to Table, on South Mason Road. Read the rest of the story here.

1520 S. Mason Road, Ste. A, Katy | 832-913-6465 |

Kurry Walah keeps traditional recipes to offer guests an authentic Northern Indian experience

Working a day job in the marketing department at a telecommunications company was not enough for Deepak Nagpal. That is why he bought Kurry Walah in June 2018 from a friend and now dedicates his free time to running the eatery with his wife, Ritu. Read the rest of the story here.

1830 S. Mason Road, Ste. 165, Katy | 832-437-3800 |

Hunan Kitchen serves variety of Chinese flavors

Chen Liu opened Hunan Kitchen at 20702 Katy Freeway, Katy, in March 2018 after working in Houston’s Energy Corridor. Originally from the Chinese Hunan province, she said she noticed there were only a few restaurants in the Katy area that offered a menu of authentic Chinese flavors. Read the rest of the story here.

20702 Katy Freeway, Katy | 832-321-4632 |

Pane e Vino Ristorante Italiano brings Italian culture to Katy area

Roberto Militello, the general manager who runs Pane e Vino Ristorante Italiano, was raised in Milan and strives to recreate an authentic Italian experience at the Katy-area eatery. Read the rest of the story here.

8945 S. Fry Road, Ste. A, Katy | 281-391-2222 |

Hacienda Real Mexican Grill & Cantina brings Mexican food to Katy-Fulshear area

Hacienda Real Mexican Grill & Cantina in Fulshear is a place where Mexican mariachi music plays in the background while employees and customers frequently exchange smiles and greetings. Read the rest of the story here.

11605 S. Fry Road, Ste. 101, Fulshear | 346-707-8196 |

Japanese-Spanish Azul Seafood Tapas offers dishes ‘too pretty to eat,’ customer says

Owner Lucy Chao was inspired to model her small restaurant, Azul Seafood Tapas, after her happy place: the beach. Read the rest of the story here.

21945 Katy Freeway, Ste. C, Katy | 832-437-6179 |

Phat Eatery Malaysian Street Food offers authentic cultural dining experience

Alex Au-Yeung, owner of Phat Eatery Malaysian Street Food, can typically be found attending to his customers, cooking or washing dishes at his restaurant. But when he is not visible, he said he is likely developing new menu items in the back. Read the rest of the story here.

23119 Colonial Parkway, Ste. B2, Katy | 832-913-6382 |

At Tropical Diner West in Katy, Jamaican couple shares food, culture across national borders

Yvonne and Alroy Clarke lived in Canada most of their adult lives. They spent their free time hosting family and friends to enjoy home-cooked Jamaican meals, but the married couple said they wanted to earn a living while doing what they love. Read the rest of the story here.

3111 N. Fry Road, Katy | 281-579-9060 |

Katy's Scholars and Scoundrels offers ‘American food with a twist,’ one owner says

Chad M. Craig and Anthony Petronella said they have been in the restaurant business for about 20 and 15 years, respectively. They met at a bar in Katy in 2014 when Petronella was tending bar for Craig once per week. Read the rest of the story here.

1251 Pin Oak Road, Ste. 141, Katy | 346-307-7434 |