You’re about to be the newest resident of Katy, Texas. Your to-do list feels a mile long: pack up your things, wash that last load of laundry, and try to not get lost driving to your new place. You’ve got a million things on your mind, and pouring over Yelp reviews of restaurants in Katy Texas isn’t your priority.

But you do need to eat, so why not start by trying out some hometown classics? If you need a quick bite between unloading boxes or if you want to celebrate at happy hour after unpacking, there are restaurants in Katy for the occasion. Here are a few popular spots where you can take a break from the moving process and start your culinary right of passage to becoming a local.

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If you’re looking for a quick breakfast or a spot to discuss the morning paper with locals, Shipley’s Do-nuts is a must. This Houston-born doughnut shop has been around for more than 80 years and has multiple locations. Every morning, it serves fresh-out-the-oven varieties of traditional glazed, filled, and cake doughnuts. They also serve kolaches, a Czech-inspired pastry. Traditional kolaches have fruit or cheese filling, but the popular Texas adaptation is stuffed with sausage, jalapeños, or even BBQ brisket.

A great way to start your day is at another one of our favorite spots in Katy — First Watch for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. The hip cafe on Katy Freeway serves up delicious and fresh dishes like the elevated egg sandwich, made with gruyere cheese, smashed avocado, and cage-free eggs; or the decadent Tex-Mex inspired Chickichanga, which has whipped eggs, chicken breast, chorizo, green chiles, and avocado. Pearland residents can look forward to a First Watch location opening in their neck of the woods July 24.

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Avocado toast from First Watch

Lunch or Dinner

If you haven’t tried Texas barbecue yet or you’re just on the hunt for your next favorite spot, Midway Barbecue is a longtime local favorite. Rather than just grilling on an open flame, this place smokes its meat over pecan wood for a more distinct flavor. The brisket and chopped beef convert many first-timers into loyalists. Try it on a sandwich or order a combination plate with green beans, mac & cheese, or fried okra.


Breakfast tacos are a cult favorite of Texas cuisine. One of the most popular vendors is Torchy’s Tacos. Its tagline is “Damn good tacos,” and its diehard fans agree. For breakfast, you can stuff a warm tortilla with your choice of scrambled eggs, cheese, bacon, potatoes, beans, spicy chorizo, and salsa. Torchy’s serves breakfast all day and has heartier lunch tacos, too. Two of the most popular tacos are “The Democrat,” with shredded beef barbacoa, and the “Trailer Park,” with fried chicken smothered in green chile and poblano sauce. Of course, no Torchy’s experience is complete without a side of green chile queso and chips.

Happy Hour

The delicious marriage of Mexican and Texas flavors, Tex-Mex, is the backbone of many restaurants in the Lone Star state. Chuy’s is a Tex-Mex institution, popular across Texas and beyond. It’s popular for “Big As Yo’ Face” burritos, green chile-smothered chicken enchiladas, and of course, frozen margaritas. Happy hour is from 4-7 PM every weekday, and it includes a complimentary nacho bar of chips, salsa, and queso dip.

This list will introduce you to just a few of the restaurants in Katy. Both you and your taste buds can continue to explore the culinary landscape after you settle in and can remember which street you live on.

Need More Tex-Mex?

Now that you’re a Tex-Mex addict, you need to try all the spots in Katy. We understand. Here are three more neighborhood Tex-Mex favorites in the Katy area:

Jimmy Changas
What put this place on the map is the chimichanga. For Mexican food newbies, that’s a fried burrito. Jimmy Changas is also popular for inventive seafood alternatives such as shrimp and crawfish enchiladas.

Las Tarascas
Looking for authentic Mexican street food? Tacos from Las Tarascas are your answer. This deli-style counter inside a grocery store is the real deal.

Los Balitos Taco Shop
This place prides itself on serving California-style burritos. Weekday plate specials of carnitas, guisada, fajitas, or their infamous burritos are available for around $8.

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