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J Ryan’s Bistro

Fine dining in Alvin in a casual environment is the best way to describe J Ryan’s Bistro, located at 2370 W. Hwy. 6. Since it opened in October the restaurant has earned great reviews and a loyal customer following that is growing every day. At J Ryan’s Bistro, all items are made from scratch and can be flavor enhanced with rich creamy sauces such as Gorgonzola cheese Alfredo sauce or Tuscan mushroom and butter cream sauce. They offer tender juicy steaks, chicken fried steaks and thick delicious hamburgers. Maybe you’re in the mood for Chicken Marsala with hearty Marsala wine and mushroom sauce or tickle your taste buds with Chicken Piccata or good ol’ Chicken Fried Chicken. If you’re fishing for seafood, J Ryan’s Bistro reels in the best shrimp and fish dishes from their catfish Pontchartrain and grilled ahi tuna steak to shrimp brochette, sautéed shrimp along with traditional fried. Even the kids will eat their veggies the way J Ryan’s Bistro serves them up bursting with flavor. Enjoy your fill of unique appetizers like the bruschetta sampler or perhaps the crab cakes or boneless wings are more your style. Order up deli-delicious sandwiches or choose from a variety of salads. But be sure to save room for dessert! Homemade cheesecakes, pies and tarts are always in season here. They can also accommodate Gluten free diets. So for fine dining and excellent service in a family friendly environment visit J Ryan’s Bistro today.

Em’s Seafood Kitchen

When you own six shrimp boats right here on the Gulf Coast, the next logical step would be to open your own seafood restaurant. This is how Em’s Seafood Kitchen came to be. Nancy Duong and her family opened the restaurant in February of this year and named the business in honor of her grandmother “Em.” Em’s Seafood Kitchen is already known for their unique Viet-Cajun crawfish with their signature Vietnamese twist. Besides fresh shrimp, Em’s boast delicious fish, Blue Crab, Boudin balls, gumbo, oysters, calamari and wonderful hand-made eggs rolls. A local flavor favorite is the variety of crab dishes featuring salted Cajun crab and Tamarind Crab. They also serve chicken dishes, hot wings and crisp cold salads. Of course you’ll want all the fix-en’s along with these wonderful dishes so they offer sweet potato fries and hush puppies on the menu as well. Nancy expanded that the staff are courteous and keep the restaurant in ship shape for your dining pleasure.

Greak’s Smokehouse

For tasty treats, folks know to visit Greak’s. Greak’s Smokehouse that is, located right down the road on Froberg’s Farm in Alvin. The minute you step out of your vehicle, you are greeted with the aroma of homemade sausages smoking to perfection. A newly remodeled store offers a large pathway to view their various meats, cheeses and jerkies as well. Greak’s is known for homemade boudin and chicken salad with smoked chicken. You might as well sample their brisket, ribs and whole chickens while your there. Greak’s Smokehouse is family owned and operated by Ray Greak along with his daughter Kristian and son Brandon. For the holidays, they offer delicious smoked hams and turkeys, so get your order in today. Greak’s also welcomes deer hunters and is well known for their deer and hog processing services. So let you nose be your guide, take a step back in time and stop by Greak’s Smokehouse today. You will be greeted with friendly service and lots of smiles. It’s a family tradition.

Froberg’s Farm

Froberg’s Farm and Country Store has become a household name to the residents of Alvin, Manvel and the surrounding areas. In fact, people from all over the state, nation and world have made the pilgrimage for strawberry picking season, where families can pick their own deliciously sweet strawberries. Four generations of Frobergs have cultivated the concept of seed, time and harvest, and the end result is a place where any one can experience home-grown vegetables and fruits. Their farm has grown to include farm-raised chickens with no hormones or antibiotics. The Froberg’s store now includes a full-time bakery and snack bar with homemade pies, candies, cookies, cake balls, kettle corn, tamales, jellies, preserves and much more. Over the years, they have created a family-friendly environment, which includes a large safe play area called Berry Fun Land, a Mining Sluice, Bee Coaster, Duck Races, Friendly Fire and Corn Cannon. Year round events include “Winter Fest,” “Strawberry Picking,” “Blackberry Picking,” and “Fall Festival.” Now’s the season to order your own pies and confectionary goodies to compliment your holiday table. Let Froberg’s Farm do the baking for you, just relax and enjoy. Make gift giving unique and a memorable experience with Froberg’s Gift Baskets of assorted sizes. Visit frobergsfarm.com for event days/times and weather permitting.

•Meridiana •Sterling Lakes

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