Take a look back at the seven restaurants of 2020 from Spring, Klein

Fu Manchung serves a variety of Asian-inspired dishes, blending Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and American cuisines. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fu Manchung serves a variety of Asian-inspired dishes, blending Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and American cuisines. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fu Manchung serves a variety of Asian-inspired dishes, blending Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and American cuisines. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Trattoria Pizza & Pasta serves dishes such as firebrick oven-baked pizzas, shrimp modo mio and the tour of Italy, which invites diners to try classics including an eight-layer lasagna, chicken Alfredo. (Courtesy Trattoria Pizza & Pasta)
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MiMi J's Kitchen serves a variety of dishes, including The Banging Shrimp. (Courtesy MiMi J's Kitchen)

Look back at the local restaurants Community Impact Newspaper featured throughout 2020 in Spring and Klein, including The Butler House, Liquid Bean Cafe and MiMi J’s Kitchen.

Spring eatery, Fu Manchung, serves Asian-fusion dishes alongside familial atmosphere

Issue published: January

Inspired by Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and American cuisines, Fu Manchung’s menu offers dishes, such as the handrolled Flying Eggrolls, which are made with a family recipe of pork, vermicelli noodles and vegetables; a vegetarian Pho-MyVeggies soup bowl; and a KetoNoodlish stir fry that accommodates ketogenic diets.

The Butler House offers new-American fare, cocktails in Spring



Issue published: February

The Butler House offers a full-service bar with house martinis and specialty cocktails, and it serves new-American cuisine such as the Butler Burger, a locally sourced beef burger served in a brioche bun.

New ownership, renovations keep the fun going at Mak's Bar + Grill

Issue published: March

Mak’s Sports Bar + Grill was renovated to open up its 8,000-square-foot space and now offers games such as “Golden Tee,” a video arcade machine; trash can pong, where players aim to throw dodge balls into large trash bins; and cornhole, a bean-bag tossing game.

Old Town Spring's Liquid Bean Cafe boasts 28 coffee bean varieties

Issue published: May

“We like getting to know our customers so even though I’m in the back cooking, I will get out here and meet all the customers because we want everyone to feel welcome and feel like they’re at home and feel like they’re family,” Liquid Bean Cafe co-owner Rhonda Blair said.

Spring-based MiMi J’s Kitchen offers home-cooked meals on the go

Issue published: August

While many eateries in the Greater Houston area struggled to adjust during the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, Jacque Guinn, owner of MiMi J’s Kitchen in Spring, was trying out new recipes, supporting her local community and offering a product to help bring families back to the dinner table.

Trattoria Pizza & Pasta offers Italian classics, family recipes on Cypresswood Drive

Issue published: November

Despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in his first year of business, Trattoria Pizza & Pasta owner Elderin Berisha said he is pleased with the community support the restaurant has received.

Spring kitchen Caroline’s—A Healthy Eatery plans expansion, relocation after just one year in business

Issue published: December

Inspired by her personal health journey, Caroline Cobell opened Caroline’s—A Healthy Eatery on Louetta Road in October 2019. The restaurant boasts a menu that is 100% keto, gluten free and sugar free—a diet Caroline said she adopted after learning she had rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative disc disease and was insulin resistant.

Danica Lloyd, Adriana Rezal and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.



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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