While it may be a small town, there are some amazing restaurants in Alvin, TX that are well worth a stop.
I spent a couple of days exploring the area and let me tell you one of my favorite things to do in Alvin was eat. Maybe that comes as no surprise – it’s one of my favorites anywhere.
There were just so many wonderful people serving unique dishes though! Like the Brisket Macdilla at Smokin D’s or the Go Pig or Go Home from Gordon Street Tavern.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, I hope this list will get you started exploring some of the amazing places to eat in Alvin!
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7 Restaurants in Alvin, TX
1820 Coffee House
“Creating community one cup at a time” is the motto here at 1820 Coffee House and I saw that first hand.
I was able to spend a good bit of time here one morning and then again in the afternoon. In the mornings there is a steady stream of regulars continually coming in for their morning pick-me-up.
Then in the afternoons if you visit you’ll find a few groups meeting for work, just hanging out, or some people are working remotely.
They have a huge list of coffees and teas that they serve so no matter what you like, you can find it here. I tried their Texas Pecan coffee and immediately knew I would have to bring some of that home.
If you can’t make up your mind then they also serve iced coffee flights where you get four tasters of different kinds of coffee.
You’ll also find a few different food and pastry items here like cinnamon rolls, muffins, and cookies. The s’mores cookie was absolutely incredible.
If you are trying to eat a little healthier then they also sell gluten and dairy free cookies from Emergence Functional Nutrition.
I’ve heard they taste wonderful – only way you can tell is that they’re a little less sweet than what you’re used to.
Gordon Street Tavern
For good drinks and great food a visit to Gordon Street Tavern is a must. It’s an English Pub with indoor and outdoor patio seating.
As you walk inside the front door to your right is a huge photo that takes up the entire wall of downtown Alvin from 1951 or before.
It’s a lively spot for lunch or dinner and do yourself a favor and order an appetizer but also save room for dessert. The whole menu is delicious.
Oh and they have 30 taps with 80% of those being local beers. Two of the taps are used for their house-made cold brew coffee and root beer!
For apps – the warm goat cheese spread really can’t be beat. They add honey to the goat cheese so the usual twang isn’t so pronounced and the fruit is the finishing touch.
Their Fried Mozarella Sticks are also some of the best I’ve had. If you like mushrooms then you’ll want to try their Toast Aux Champignons – mushrooms in garlic cream sauce with toasted baguette!
It will definitely be a tough choice to figure out what to eat for your main course. There’s the Go Pig or Go Home which is pork short ribs that have been smoked and then cooked Sous Vide for 24 hours. This comes with the Truffle Mac & Cheese.
Their Baja Chicken Sandwich is absolutely delicious – the Hawaiian bun really makes it. They also have a great Wagyu Burger.
Finally, for dessert the Devonshire Cream is a must. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – it looked like ice cream but wasn’t melting. It was a refreshing dessert while also being just sweet enough to make my sweet tooth happy.
One of their popular events during the year is their Irish New Year Celebration where they serve a special menu and it starts at 6pm and done before midnight! Perfect if you’re like me and don’t stay out late anymore.
Smokin D’s BBQ Fusion Bar & Grill
Brisket Macdilla with Honey-Sriracha Fried Brussel Sprouts. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
The Brisket Macdilla at Smokin D’s is a mac & cheese and brisket quesadilla and the creamy mac mixed with the smokey brisket makes for a meal you’ll remember for a very long time.
The Fried Brussel Sprouts were also a treat honestly. The blend of the honey and just the right amount of sriracha made this sweet and spicy mix delicious.
You’ll want to get a seat early here as they get very busy at peak meal times! The relaxed atmosphere, great food, and good selection of beer and wine make this a popular spot.
It’s perfect for a laid-back date night, taking the family out for a reasonable meal, or going out for drinks on the weekend.
They also have a food truck that goes to different events in the area so be on the lookout for them. Definitely put this on your list of places to eat in Alvin!
Juanita’s is an absolute gem of a restaurant in Alvin, TX. Whether you’re visiting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner you are in for a delicious meal.
I visited for breakfast and tried the Barbacoa Tacos, fried potatoes, and guacamole. Get your Barbacoa Tacos with cilantro and raw onions on there – makes them so good!
The potatoes were just right and the guacamole comes out in a huge mountain on the plate! It was fresh and flavorful.
People love their tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas plus the friendly service. They truly make you feel at home at Juanita’s.
Grace Pizza & Shakes
For upscale pizza and out of this world milkshakes, you’ll definitely want to visit Grace Pizza & Shakes. The atmosphere is pretty awesome too!
Inside you’ll want to check out some photos on the wall where they showcase a few of their local partners like R-C Ranch where they get some of their beef and Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream.
They have a great outdoor seating area that’s covered with fans underneath and an outdoor bar. There are some other outdoor tables sprinkled around in the front and the back as well.
You’ll find a couple of Instagrammable places here to pose by yourself or with your massive milkshake.
I tried the Supreme Grace pizza which came with two different types of cheeses, four meats, basil, red pepper flakes, and a ranch swirl on top.
They have a great selection of specialty pizzas but if you don’t find something that looks good to you then you can always build your own pizza.
Salads are the other option for those not in the mood for pizza. Don’t miss the Spinach Dip as an appetizer though!
Their milkshakes are an absolute must. I chose the Birthday Cake Explosion and it came with a whole slice of cake on top and a sparkler that they lit on top. It was a whole production!
Make sure you come hungry here or it would be a great place to come with friends or family to split a few dishes.
Chef Pennye started out catering for events and then expanded into having a permanent cafe. At MyLeigh’s you’ll enjoy dishes with fresh ingredients that are cooked to perfection.
She has a great selection of burgers and sandwiches and everyone raves about the fries. Her Chicken Parmesan Sandwich is a very popular choice.
With the friendly staff and amazing food, you’ll want to come back here again and again!
If you live in the area then you may want to take advantage of their “Grub On The Go” offerings. Monday – Thursday they offer a fixed menu of meals to go.
These must be ordered ahead of time so check their website for more information. It’s a great way to get in a delicious meal when you’re short on time.
Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned drive-in?
At Dairy Land you’ll order at the walk-up window and then you can sit in your car or at the picnic tables outside. They are covered in case of rain.
Once your food is ready they’ll call you over the loud speaker. They sell burgers and hot dogs but it’s the home of the original Tortilla Burger.
This burger comes with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and jalapeño on it and they’ll ask if you want it mild or hot.
I especially loved their fries since they’re the crinkle-cut type that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
They’re also known for their milkshakes here made from Blue Bell Ice Cream.
When nothing but a burger and fries will do, this is the place that should be top of mind. It’s been a staple in the community since the 1950s. Definitely one of the most unique restaurants in Alvin!
Wrap Up: Where to Eat in Alvin, TX
As you can see, there are some amazing restaurants in Alvin and plenty to choose from if you’re in town for the weekend.
What really surprised me was so many of them had something really special that they were known for – like Dairy Land being the home of the original Tortilla Burger and Smokin D’s having the famous Brisket Macdilla.
So if you’re trying to find the best places to eat in Alvin, I hope this list at least gives you a good start. Don’t miss this adorable small town near Houston!
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