2019 roundup: 12 dining features from the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities

Aling's Chinese Cuisine in Sugar Land is one of the 12 restaurants Community Impact Newspaper featured this year. (Beth Marshall)
Aling's Chinese Cuisine in Sugar Land is one of the 12 restaurants Community Impact Newspaper featured this year. (Beth Marshall)

Aling's Chinese Cuisine in Sugar Land is one of the 12 restaurants Community Impact Newspaper featured this year. (Beth Marshall)

Community Impact Newspaper featured 12 restaurants in the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities in 2019. Take a look back at these articles, which appeared in the print edition each month.

January 2019 - Fanoosh Burgers & Bites serves American, Asian staples in Sugar Land

Eating biryani at a small restaurant called Fanoosh in Bangalore, India, in 2010 is an experience that has stayed with Waleed Ahmed, owner of Fanoosh Burgers & Bites in Sugar Land.

February 2019 - The Crawfish Man’s Boiling Point brings Louisiana-style cooking closer to home

Greg Doulin and his niece, Danielle Smith, have brought their Louisiana roots to Missouri City, providing an authentic Cajun food experience. Doulin opened The Crawfish Man’s Boiling Point—his first brick-and-mortar restaurant—in January 2017 after catering crawfish boils from a trailer at events for the previous 15 years.

March 2019 - Brookstreet Bar-B-Q dishes feature some sweet heat

A smell of smoky goodness greets visitors when they arrive at Brookstreet Bar-B-Q in Missouri City. That, combined with friendly staff and tangy, spicy barbecue sauce, keeps regulars coming back, Assistant Manager Lindsey Beaman said.

April 2019 - Sushi Monster offers authentic Japanese cuisine

Customers who dine at Sushi Monster will find authentic Japanese food as well as a dining room fit for meeting a business colleague, eating with friends or viewing the chef at work.

May 2019 - Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine & Bar serves up family-friendly food and entertainment

Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine & Bar offers more than food. With a live music lineup featuring jazz on Fridays and rhythm and blues on Saturdays, the family-friendly restaurant offers an entertaining environment.

June 2019 - Bogie’s Pub & Grill owner provides neighborhood hangout, puts passion into his food

Kurt Proba has been in the hospitality business since he was 17 years old, working at his father’s restaurants in every position possible. Twenty-three years later in 2011, he partnered with his father to open Bogie’s Pub & Grill in Missouri City and then opened a location in Pearland a few years later.

July 2019 - True Dog Houston offers halal-friendly food in Sugar Land

Born in Houston and raised in Florida, Damion Loera moved back to the Bayou City in high school and got his start in the food truck industry at age 15. About six years later, he owns and operates True Dog Houston, a gourmet hotdog food truck that primarily stays parked at The Ice Barn near the corner of West Bellfort Boulevard and Old Richmond Road in Sugar Land.

August 2019 - Family recipes at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant make dining experience feel like home

Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant provides more than food—it gives customers a glimpse into the lives of husband-and-wife owners Jaime and Lupe Garcia.

September 2019 - Wing Station owner gets creative with housemade sauces, dry rubs

Restaurant owner Lincoln Ward and General Manager Carlos Espinosa expanded their repertoire of food concepts to wings in November 2018 when they opened Wing Station in the Sienna Plantation area of Missouri City.

October 2019 - Sisters serve Indo-Chinese fusion at Aling’s Chinese Cuisine in Sugar Land

Sister duo Lin Lin Yan and Lin Motiwala opened Aling’s Chinese Cuisine in Sugar Land about nine years ago to provide Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine. Yan oversees the restaurant’s operations, while Motiwala is the head chef.

November 2019 - Family-owned pizza parlor Pepperoni's has been serving guests for 30 years

Thirty years ago this December, Ray Salti opened the first Pepperoni’s, a New York-style pizza parlor, located at 3721 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land. Since then, Salti has opened 13 more locations, including four franchised locations, and has plans to expand beyond the Greater Houston area.

December 2019 - Rustika Cafe and Bakery-Sugar Land serves homemade Mexican-European family recipes

Marco Ruznick said his parents started Rustika Café and Bakery in Houston 26 years ago. At the time, Ruznick was only 1 year old. Now he is the CEO of their wholesale company, Rustika Group.

The Rustika franchise location in Sugar Land has been open since February and is expanding this month to offer a complete lunch and dinner menu. The original Rustika is located on Hwy. 59 in West University Place, and since opening in 1993, the company has opened four other stores, including the Sugar Land location.

By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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