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No matter where you go in Texas, Fodor’s says you can bet you’ll find “a myriad of opportunities to explore Texas history and heritage” (just check out what San Antonio has to offer!). Nowhere is this more true than in Sugar Land. Sugar Land boasts a proud showcase of historical sites, baseball games, hiking trails and can’t-miss cuisine. Home to the Imperial Sugar headquarters, its sweet moniker was inspired by its founding as a sugar plantation. Today, it’s a city that packs a surprising amount of culture and variety in every inch, which translates straight into the Sugar Land catering scene. Here are the best restaurants in Sugar Land that are putting this sweet city on the map.

Middleway Foods (Eldridge Road, Sugar Land)

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Middleway Foods is a meal prep and catering company offering delicious and balanced meal plans that are friendly to all kinds of eaters, including gluten-free, vegetarian and paleo. Created by Jase Stevens in 2010, all food is planned and cooked right in house, and then packed and delivered to homes and businesses across Sugar Land. Customers love to get a jump start on their day with the Corporate Egg Scrambler, which is packed with scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted peppers, pastries and fresh fruit salad. For lunch, their BBQ Chicken Bake Boxed Lunch is always a hit, featuring fire-grilled chicken topped with barbecue sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and served with Spanish rice and sour cream. Round out the meal with an order of their signature sweet fried plantains, and you’ll have one happy crowd on your hands.

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Cafe Express (City Walk, Sugar Land)

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A true Sugar Land institution, the first Cafe Express was opened in 1984 with recipes developed by James Beard Award winner Chef Del Grande. At Cafe Express, they are fluent in fresh, and take care to use the best ingredients over a huge variety of choices, making them one of the best restaurants in Sugar Land. Sandwiches are king when it comes to lunch with Cafe Express. Choose between one of their famous sandwich trays (think chicken salad studded with basil, celery and glazed pecans or Rustica Chicken, with roasted tomatoes, black olive tapenade on ciabatta bread) or their boxed lunches that come served with a chips and a cookie. No matter what you pick, you can’t make a wrong choice. Be sure to add their brightly colored fresh fruit salad with vanilla yogurt for a refreshing end to your office lunch.

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Sophisticated Delights (Sugar Creek Center Blvd, Sugar Land)

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As a Lone Star native, chef and owner D’Ambria Jacobs likes to show the refined side of the Texas palate with her catering company. She offers upscale versions of family recipes, including decadent desserts by pastry chef Willie Holmes, making Sophisticated Delights a great addition to the Sugar Land catering scene. Jacobs offers packages that are a complete meal, like her gray package, which comes with a two entrees, soup or salad, two sides and a drink. For entrees, customers rave over her ribeye steak with garlic rosemary butter, and her sun-dried tomato and spinach stuffed chicken, especially when it’s served with a side of her prized corn casserole. Don’t miss Holmes’ cupcakes- decadent bites of sweetness ranging from classic red velvet to caramel.

Carduni’s Catering (Country Club Blvd, Sugar Land)

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It wouldn’t be Texas without some meaty smoked barbecue, and Carduni’s Catering delivers by the pound. Carduni’s uses hickory wood for all their smoked meats, from their slow-smoked Texas brisket and turkey to their succulent pulled pork and baby back ribs. Customers like a little taste of everything, so you can choose from a two, three or four meat plate. Don’t forget the coleslaw and beans, necessary sides for any Texas barbecue platter. Carduni’s is also beloved for their bakery- the carrot cake, layered with cream cheese frosting and topped with pecans, is a must.

Bellagreen (City Walk, Sugar Land) 

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Bellagreen is an eco-conscious restaurant serving chef-inspired dishes that are healthy but ridiculously tasty. They’re able to accommodate any dietary needs, while offering creative, unique meals, which makes them one of the best restaurants in Sugar Land. Their high protein hempanadas are a spin on the classic Argentinian beef empanadas, using a hemp flour and wheat crust, and served with an addicting duo of sauces: garlic cilantro and peach. Customers also love their quinoa spaghetti with turkey meatballs served with a rich tomato sauce (naturally gluten-free), especially when paired with their decked out kale caesar salad, topped with crispy capers, caramelized red onion, Manchego cheese and house-made spicy chipotle caesar dressing.

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Great Wraps (First Colony Mall, Sugar Land)

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Ready to shake up the typical sandwich at lunch? Check out Great Wraps, where they want you to eat great and feel great. Using the freshest ingredients, scratch made-sauces, and tenderly roasted meats, they are able to offer a naturally healthy wrap packed with flavor that’s second to none. Here, trust that it’s all about the wraps which come in plenty of flavors in either boxed lunches (with chips and a cookie) or stacked on a platter. Meat lovers will go wild for their Philly cheesesteak wrap or the spicy buffalo chicken, and the falafel hummus will put a smile on the face of the veggie lovers in your group.

Falbo Bros. Pizzeria (Sweetwater Blvd, Sugar Land)

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Since 1992, Falbro Bros. Pizzeria has been making some of the best pizza possible at the lowest price possible. Their pizza is not quite New York style, not quite Chicago style, but something all their own. They offer the classics, like their popular cheese pizza, but also aren’t afraid to push the limits, like with their Hawaiian bbq chicken pizza with zesty pineapple, Texas King Ranch pizza with spicy ancho sauce and poblano peppers, and BBQ Brisket pizza with smoked gouda. For a complete meal, pair them with some of their cream cheese-stuffed jalapeno poppers or their Tony Falboni salad, with smoked ham, banana peppers and Italian dressing.

Charley’s Philly Steaks (First Colony Mall, Sugar Land)

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Charley’s Philly Steaks brings a bit of the City of Brotherly Love down to the Sugar Land catering scene. For over 25 years, they’ve been perfecting their craft, branching the Philly culinary tradition into a wide range of steak and chicken-based subs. Whether you order them as a boxed lunch or piled high on trays, Charley’s offers everything from a classic cheesesteak to chicken teriyaki and the Ultimate Club with turkey, ham and bacon. Don’t forget to ask for one of their fresh lemonades- a customer favorite- which come in a variety of flavors (like strawberry, blueberry, and peach).

Russo’s New York Pizzeria (Hwy 6 South, Sugar Land)

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Russo’s New York Pizzeria makes New York style pizza for the masses in Texas. Owner Anthony Russo, the son of immigrants from Sicily and Naples, has had a long history working with his family in restaurants. He applies those Old World traditions with his New York upbringing to bring the Sugar Land catering scene the best pizza and Italian American food he can, all freshly made. Start off with his Italian-style meatballs served in a Chianti meat sauce or his crispy and light calamari frito misto served with marinara. As far as the pies go, the Brooklyn special is a hit with it’s spicy Italian sausage, roasted peppers and ricotta cheese. Customers also love his buffalo chicken pizza, topped with spicy chicken, mozzarella and hot sauce. If you’re planning more of a sit down affair, try gnocchi with pomodoro sauce and or the eggplant Parmesan, served over spaghetti.

Nikoz Fusion Grill (Town Center Square, Sugar Land)

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You’ll find a little bit of everything at Nikoz Fusion Grill. They cook in a style they call Mediter-Asian, serving 100% Zabihah Halal natural meats, and packing the menu with continental favorites. You’ll find Mediterranean entrees like gyros and falafel, alongside grilled Asian style whitefish, Burmese noodles and butter chicken. Customers go crazy for their chicken shawarma sandwich, drizzled with creamy garlic sauce and stuffed into a pita. Another must-try is their beef souvlaki, which features marinated beef skewers with grilled onions and peppers.

If you’re driving through the Lone Star State, don’t miss Sugar Land, a sweet spot on the map with plenty to do and lots to eat!

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Leena Trivedi-Grenier

Leena Trivedi-Grenier is a food and culture writer based in San Francisco. You can read her work online here, and find her on Twitter as @Leena_Eats and on Instagram as @leenaeats.

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