"If you're a food aficionado who's looking for something new and interesting to satisfy your taste buds, The Woodlands has a unique eatery that serves up some decidedly different fare in an upscale, bistro atmosphere. Fielding's Wood Grill is a casual dining restaurant serving lunch and dinner plus weekend breakfast service. The restaurant touts the freshness of its ingredients, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and an in-house bakery. You'll also find a full, well-stocked bar with an impressive selection of craft beers and pretty good variety of wines to pair with any meal.
The atmosphere is sleek and modern, with plenty of glass, wood, metal and brick surfaces; elevated stools with metal stools and traditional booths with comfortable banquette seating. During the day, patrons peruse the menu at their table, then proceed to the counter to order and pay and the meal is delivered to the table. At night, Fielding's reverts to a full service restaurant with the wait doing the running.
First time visitors to Fielding's may be a bit intimidated by the menu which is unusual because the restaurant presents rather interesting combinations of flavors and textures as stock menu items. There are some decidedly different options, toppings and pairings I frankly had never considered previously – and some I'm still not sure of.
Joining me on this outing was Carolyn Wong, founder of Stage Right, the resident theatrical group at the Crighton Theatre. She considers herself a Montgomery County "foodie" and happens to be an analytical chemist with a masters degree in human nutrition.
On this occasion, we were out for burgers. Fielding's has basic burgers starting at $7.95, but offers up a variety of specialty burgers with interesting toppings – like the Baja California burger with mole spices, poblano, avocado, habanero ketchup, pickled jalapenos and salsa cruda on a milk bun, $9.50.
Want to be daring? Try a grass-fed bison burger with pimento cheese and candied jalapenos or an ahi tuna burger with dashi glaze, wasabi peas and tobiko, wakame seaweed, sesame oil and bean sprouts. For the more adventuresome, Fielding's has a goat burger with herbs de Provence, pineapple chutney, feta, curry tzatziki and pickled red onion.
Wong and I split a regular burger and the bison burger, regular fries, $2.50 and baked/fried Idaho potatoes, $3, with a salsa cruda dipping sauce – at an additional charge. It was all quite good when brought to the table and the servers are available to help with any requests.
The menu goes far beyond burgers, of course. There are plenty of interesting entree salads and chicken and bison skillet meals to choose. Patrons can accept the specialized menu selections or opt for more traditional, less fanciful toppings and flavor accents on their meal.
Wong was pleased with the restaurant offerings and said that foodies and people who are more adventuresome will enjoy Fielding's Wood Grill's unique menu. I agree, although be aware that the menu is largely a la carte – fries, drinks, dipping sauces and other extras are included at an extra charge. Our meal of two burgers, fries, two teas and a milk shake topped $50 with tip. It's a bit pricy.
If you're looking for a family restaurant to take a group of kids, Fielding's may not be the best selection because they probably won't appreciate the upscale approach the restaurant takes toward innovative cuisine.
But if you're looking for an interesting place to dine with friends, Fielding's Wood Grill is a great place to start your evening out. Check it out and see if you agree.
And if you try the goat burger, let me know what you think."