Family-run business Hot Spot brings soul food to Rayford Road

Fried ribs ($0.99) with french fries ($0.50) are a popular pairing at the restaurant.
Photos by Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper
Fried ribs ($0.99) with french fries ($0.50) are a popular pairing at the restaurant. Photos by Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper

Fried ribs ($0.99) with french fries ($0.50) are a popular pairing at the restaurant. Photos by Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper

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Chicken wings (six for $0.99) are served alongside homemade macaroni and cheese (.50). Photos by Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper
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A mixed platter can include fried ribs, wings, corn, french fries, macaroni and cheese and homemade hot sauce. Photos by Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper
Despite being a relatively new addition to Rayford Road by opening Aug. 31, Hot Spot owners Angela and Chad Woods have more than five years of experience serving Southern-style soul food around north Houston and The Woodlands area from a food truck.

As residents of The Woodlands for six years, the Woods family said they hope their restaurant becomes central to the community along Rayford Road, where they plan to expand the restaurant’s food offerings and physical presence to accommodate live music and other events.

The couple said they wanted to open their store on Rayford Road because there were not any places in the immediate area offering Southern-style Cajun and Creole cuisine under one roof.

“I grew up here. You would have to drive all the way to the south side to get good food,” Angela said. “People love our food, and we wanted to bring it to the area. We’re getting a really good response.”

Chad said Hot Spot also does pro bono work for families in the area during their hardest times, including funerals and meals for those that are homeless.

“We try to comfort the families during their hardest time,” Chad said.

The owners got their start in 2015 when they began cooking at trail rides and festivals. The pair said they were used to hosting and cooking during the holidays, and they often received praise for the food they had prepared.

Due to how popular the food became at the time, Angela said they decided to buy a food truck, which they had been operating before purchasing and renovating the building they now operate out of on Rayford Road.

What makes the food stand out at Hot Spot, they said, is that everything is made from scratch.

“I get up every day and make homemade mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and green beans,” Angela said. “Everything is made fresh and to-order. There is nothing that is already cooked. We make our own seasoning, and each meat has its own marinade.”

While Hot Spot has a set menu, the Woods said they will add seasonal items when it makes sense, such as crawfish, chili and fried turkey. Some menu items will be dependent on customer feedback as well, Chad said.

Hot Spot offers catering options for its food, and Angela and Chad said if they are unable to make a delivery through services such as GrubHub, they will see to its delivery personally.

“We’re a family-run business, and we’re kid-friendly,” Angela said. “It’s like home here. We are really relaxed, and we want people to have a comfortable experience.”

Hot Spot

842 Rayford Road, Spring


Hours: Wed.-Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Tue.

Andrew Christman


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