Here are the winners of the 2018 Woodlands Culinary Awards, presented by the Woodlands Area Foodies. These outstanding organizations and individuals received the most votes from WAF membership.


2018 Finalists

Best Restaurant

TRIS / Cureight

Best New Restaurant

La Cocina de Roberto

Best Food Truck

BBQ Godfather

Best Service

TRIS / Cureight

Best Casual Restaurant

The Republic Grille

Best Upscale Restaurant

TRIS / Cureight

Best Romantic Restaurant


Best Family Restaurant

Pallotta’s Italian Grill

Best Bar

Refuge Steak House and Bourbon Bar

Best Caterer

Crave Catering

Woodlands Classic

Perry’s Steakhouse

Chef of the Year

Austin Simmons (TRIS / Cureight)

Service Person of the Year

Austen Goodwin (The Kitchen)

Restaurateur of the Year

Dirk Laukien (TRIS / Cureight / Black Walnut)

Favorite Bartender

Meghan Kuzmann (TRIS)

Favorite Private Chef

Amy Martinez (Crave Catering)

Favorite American Restaurant

The Republic Grille

Favorite BBQ Joint

Corkscrew BBQ

Favorite Breakfast Spot

The Kitchen

Favorite Brunch

Fielding’s Wood Grill

Favorite Burger Joint

JAX Burgers

Favorite Chinese Restaurant

Shanghai Bistro

Favorite Coffee Spot

Momentum Coffee

Favorite Dessert Spot

Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Indian Restaurant

Palette Indian Kitchen

Favorite Italian Restaurant

Via Emilia

Favorite Japanese Restaurant


Favorite Mexican / Tex Mex Restaurant


Favorite Pizza Joint


Favorite Sandwich Shop

Tony’s Italian Deli

Favorite Seafood Restaurant


Favorite Steakhouse


Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant


Favorite Restaurant Atmosphere


Favorite Restauant Entertainment

The Olive Oil

Favorite Happy Hour

Tommy Bahama’s

The Woodlands Culinary Awards is produced by the Woodlands Area Foodies. It is not associated with the Best of the Best Culinary Awards, Chicago Culinary Awards, Garden State Culinary Awards, Houston Culinary Awards, Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Awards, Tuscan Lifestyle Culinary Awards, or any other awards programs.