Every-Bellies owner Nicole Rich said she never thought she would be in the restaurant industry—she wanted to be a nurse. However, Rich said she has always loved cooking, and a friend encouraged her to start making money doing what she loved.
Rich said she began a small catering business from her home nine years ago, cooking baked potatoes, lasagnas and other dishes. After the business took off, Rich said she launched the Every-Bellies food truck in 2014 and opened a permanent restaurant in 2017.
“When I opened the food truck, they said to keep it simple. They told me to stick with one thing you’re really good at, so I decided to go with potatoes,” Rich said. “There’s really no one in town that does potatoes like us.”
Every-Bellies, located on FM 2920 in Tomball, serves gourmet baked potatoes, burgers, salads and desserts. The eatery offers only patio seating, which can be enclosed in poor weather.
Rich said the most popular baked potatoes are the buffalo chicken ranch potato and crawfish etouffee potato. Burgers popular with customers include the Ragin’ Cajun burger—topped with crawfish etouffee, bacon, pepperjack cheese and jalapenos—and the Mexican burger—loaded with queso, guacamole, jalapenos, sour cream and pico de gallo.
Rich said customers also love Every-Bellies’ “pizookies”—a pizza-cookie hybrid topped with ice cream—and the eatery’s cookies.
“We make almost everything from scratch. People try to remake one of our potatoes, and they [say], ‘It didn’t taste anything like yours,’” she said.
Rich said the eatery has seen support from residents in its two years.
“Everybody that walks onto our patio, they have a choice to go anywhere, but they choose to come here. We’re in business because of them,” Rich said. “It’s just nice to see how the community supports each other.”
While the 600-square-foot kitchen serves its purpose, Rich said she plans to open a second location or relocate to a larger space to keep up with demand.
“We fit way too many people in [that kitchen]. We have definitely outgrown this place,” Rich said. “Expanding our facility or opening more locations—that’s the dream.”
16918 FM 2920, Tomball
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Sun.