In our Must do things around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and engaging reasons why you should visit them.
Over the years, Tomball has grown from its origins as a railway outpost to the bustling small town it is today, a perfect balance between big city life and quiet countryside. From a place serving artisan chocolate and from smoked meat to the historic railroad depot, there’s plenty to do and see in this neighborhood.
Note: For the purposes of this listing, Tomball is defined by the area covered on this map.
5 things to do in Tomball
- Double your pleasure at Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue – Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue not only makes great artisan chocolates, but also great barbecues. Hit the double concept to sear truffles and chocolates in unique flavors like jalapeño fig and key lime pie, then stock up on salt-and-pepper grilled smoked beef brisket, and ribs by the pound, plus chocolate bread pudding with caramel cajeta sauce for good measure. Directions to Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue.
- Explore the old City Tombal – You should definitely visit the historic town center of Tomball when it hosts annual events including the German Heritage Festival in Tomball and the German Christmas Market in Tomball, but it’s also fun to wander around all year round. There’s the Main Street Crossing concert venue, where you’ll find a roster of live jams alongside pub food and drinks. You can also tour historic homes and buildings at the Tomball Museum Center or visit the family-friendly Railroad Depot. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, tuck into gourmet hot dogs and banana splits at Skeeter’s Dogs & Desserts, opt for smokehouse burgers at sister Tejas Tejas Burger Joint, tuck into tea sandwiches and a raspberry cream at Whistle Stop Tea Room, opt for sweet and savory pancakes and blinis at Wholly Crepe!! Russian Bistro, and relax with wine and cheese at The Empty Glass, a rustic-chic wine bar and tasting room with a true Texas vibe.
- Take the Mega Mel Challenge at Mel’s Country Cafe – You might be tempted to get the incredible Bigger Than Plate Fried Chicken Steak on almost every visit to Mel’s (as you should be), but you have to try the Crazy Greasy Spoon Burger Challenge at least once in your life. The challenge works like this: finish the burger plate, including a pound and a half of ground beef, a full pound of bacon, a quarter pound of cheese, and all the trimmings, in under 2 hours without help (and be able to walk and talk without getting sick), and you will gain eternal glory. Oh, and a coveted spot on the wall. Get directions to Mel’s Country Cafe.
- Shop local at the Tomball Farmers Market – This market, rain or shine, is open on Saturdays all year round. Show up early for the best selection of produce from over 50 vendors, including local produce, pasture-raised meats, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, seafood, and artisan treats like gourmet jams and local honey, freshly baked bread and handmade pasta, local coffee, and fiery salsas. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get directions to the Tomball Farmer’s Market.
- Visit a brewery and explore local craft foam – Right in the heart of Old Town Tomball, Fire Ant Brewing offers fine pub food and on-site brews at its brewery, where you can sample American-style Cream Ales and Summer Craze Blondes alongside Pimento Cheeseburgers and by Togarashi Fries. Get directions to Fire Any Brewing. One of Paradigm Brewing Company’s co-founders is affectionately known as “Professor Pils” (he teaches a brewery operations and management course at Texas A&M), so you know you’re getting a product here from superior quality. Take a brewery tour or step inside the restaurant to sip hoppy foam like the clean and classic Precision IPA alongside Korean Pork Belly Bites, Nashville Hot Chicken and Brewmaster Burgers. Get directions to Paradigm Brewing Company.