Joe’s Italian Restaurant (Local Eats)

Joe’s Pizza was voted BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT in Montgomery County, as well as ‘Number One‘ for Italian food in the greater Houston area, by KHOU-TV viewers. Eat at Joe’s Italian Restaurant in Conroe, Texas today, and discover for yourself why so many folks like eating at Joe’s Pizza.

Yelp

Who better to ask about the local, family owned restaurant than the guests?

“Joe’s is Our ‘Go-To’ Lunch Place” — Whenever we are stuck for a place for lunch, Joe’s Pizza and Pasta always fits the bill. But, that doesn’t mean it’s the last choice, rather always at the top of our list. Their lunch specials are awesome and the fresh rolls are tremendously delicious. The service is always good and the owners/managers are always on site. The atmosphere could use a little sprucing, but you won’t be disappointed in the food.

“The Best Italian food- our favorite restaurant” — My husband and I went to school at Sam Houston State University, and Joe’s became our favorite place! Every entree we’ve had has been excellent, but my absolute favorite is the spinach tortellini. When joking about if we had to eat one thing for the rest of our lives, it would definitely be a dish from Joe’s! We now live out of state, but any chance we get to come back to the Houston area, Joe’s is always on our list.

Here is a link to the Menu.

Tony’s Italian Delicatessen (Local Eats)

Rated the Number 1 Restaurant in America 2017 on Yelp and Still One of the Very Best

Photo: Tony’s Italian Delicatessen

So, what’s all the hype about? A counter service, self service beverage, sandwich shop, in an obscure strip center beats out Michelin Star restaurants and world class establishments? Well, in a word, YES. While we are happy to share our experiences (all wonderful), why not see what a few reviewers had to say:

If you have not made a visit to Tony’s yet, you are missing out. These are some of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had and their deli is a must visit for any Houston area foodie. Calling Tony’s a sandwich shop is an understatement as from the moment you walk in, you’re welcomed by the smell of an authentic New York Italian Deli,” wrote a reviewer from Spring. “Everything was, on a scale of one to ten, off the scale. The owners, Mary and Hootie are the nicest of people, they greet their regulars by name and make even the non-regulars like me feel welcome and appreciated.

Best sandwich I have ever had. The people there are great. The food is outstanding. Some days you can wait 30 minutes for a sandwich but it is worth every second of waiting. Get the Lucky Luciano. Also get the peppers on it and have them hollow out the bread. You will thank me,” wrote a Google Local Guide.

Seeing is believing, here are just a few sandwiches offered.

Lucky Luciano with Crusty Italian Bread
Genoa Salami, Sweet Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Marinara, Roasted Red Peppers, Provolone – Traditionally Served Hot
Muffaletta with Crusty Italian Bread
Mortadella, Genoa Salami, Maple Ham, Provolone Cheese, Olive Smear & Sub Oil – Served Hot or Cold
Ham Melt with Crusty Italian Bread
Maple Ham, Apple Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Roma Tomatoes

Tony’s now has well over 400 five-star reviews. With mainstream sandwich shops on every corner, this little spot has more to offer than any other. We have mixed feelings about Yelp and tend to let hype settle before giving a place our dollar vote. The hype was more of an accurate assessment and if you haven’t been we think you’ve been missing out.