Take a look back at the six restaurants of 2020 from Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. serves a plate with brisket, jalapeno cheese sausage, brisket burnt ends and black pepper sausage ($18). (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. serves a plate with brisket, jalapeno cheese sausage, brisket burnt ends and black pepper sausage ($18). (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. serves a plate with brisket, jalapeno cheese sausage, brisket burnt ends and black pepper sausage ($18). (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Homemade bloody marys are served with stacked ingredients. The Ultimate Bloody Mary costs $21-$23 based on the vodka type. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Margherita pie ($20-$30) is a pizza topped with garlic sauce, tomato slices, mozzerella and basil. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Take a look at the local restaurants Community Impact Newspaper featured in 2020 in the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood areas including The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co., Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant and 1886 Humble Backyard.

Fish Tales owners focus on serving seafood in small-town communities

Issue published:
February

Fish Tales co-owners Diana and Scott Harpring specialize in serving fresh seafood dishes in small towns. The fast-casual atmosphere and Louisiana-inspired food are what set their restaurants apart, Diana said.

The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. pitmaster brings unique flavor, family-friendly charm to New Caney


Issue published:
March

“You have a bunch of Mexican food restaurants; you have a bunch of fast-food restaurants; but there’s nothing else,” The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. owner Allen Rhoden said. “It’s either Tex-Mex or fast food, so I said, ‘Let’s offer them some barbecue.’”

Family-owned Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant thrives for decades in Lake Houston area

Issue published:
August

For Jose Guadalupe Reyes, managing his family’s restaurant with his brother, Juan Javier Reyes, is continuing the legacy their father created. The family has been operating Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in the Lake Houston area for more than 25 years.

New Caney native rebrands L&H Cafe into family-friendly eatery

Issue published:
September

The business initially opened in March 2019 as L&H Lounge, a restaurant and hookah lounge. But owner Asim Dar recently removed the hookah aspect of the business to make the rebranded L&H Cafe a more family-friendly environment.

1886 Humble Backyard relicenses as restaurant to survive coronavirus pandemic

Issue published:
October

On Sept. 10, 1886 Humble Backyard reopened as a restaurant per Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission guidelines. The restaurant now offers its same signature cocktails as well as American-style burgers and sandwiches.

RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta owner serves New York-style pizza to Kingwood community

Issue published:
November

When RC Gallegos made his first pizza, he said it was “garbage.” It was not until he went to New York to study how to make a perfect New York slice that he came back and opened RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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