Looking to travel but don’t want to get on a plane? Head over to First Colony Mall for a trip around the world without having to deal with jetlag. This first class mall in Sugar Land offers a whole host of fabulous dining options and cute boutiques to visit that will help your scratch your itch to travel.
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Living in Houston, I don’t get out to the suburbs as much as I like, so this trip was a delightful adventure to visit Sugar Land and get some autumn shopping in for upcoming road trips. I visited Scott & Molly’s boutique to refresh my fall wardrobe with cozy sweaters and picked up a fabulous new metallic mask!
On my way out, I picked up some food to-go to bring to my parents for our monthly family dinner. I loved that many of the restaurants in First Colony Mall are now offering carryout, delivery and curbside options. Now, it’s super easy to grab a meal to-go in a safe manner!
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Delivery and Carry-Out Dining at First Colony Mall
First Colony Mall is home to lots of diverse dining options that are offering carryout and delivery. Here’s where to dine and what to order to take your taste buds on a culinary trip all without leaving the state of Texas.
Santorini with Dimassi’s Mediterranean
Luckily, we still have fabulous weather in Houston and it’s totally possible to sit poolside for several more months. Trick your mind into thinking you’re at a lux Mediterranean beach by closing your eyes and diving into a tray of appetizers from this family owned and operated restaurant. Since 1992, Dimassi’s has provided authentic, delicious, and healthy Halal and Mediterranean food to Texans.
What to order: For my vegan and vegetarian friends, the options here are endless! Some of my favorite dishes include Vegan Cabbage Rolls, Spinach Pie (aka Spanakopita), Tabouli, Spicy Hummus, Baklava and Rose Water. Order online for in-store pick-up.
New York City with Grimaldi’s Pizza
This family business opened it’s first location under the Brooklyn Bridge in the borough’s DUMBO neighborhood in 1990. Since then Grimaldi’s has been cooking coal-fired, brick-oven pizza based on over 100 years of pizza-making traditions. Bite into a piece of New York City with the flavorful sauces and flaky pizza crusts. Perfect for date night, game watch or picnic in the park!
What to order: Lemon Arugula Salad, Garden Pesto Pizza and a bottle of wine. Gluten free crust options also available! Place your order online for pick-up or delivery.
Hanoi with I Luv Phở
Soup season is here and nothing warms the soul better than a piping hot bowl of pho. Since 2004, I Luv Pho has served authentic Vietnamese cuisine to the Sugarland community, specializing in the Vietnamese Pho – Noodle Soup. Their goal is to provide you with healthy meals to make life more fun and enjoyable.
What to order: The signature “I LUV PHO” noodle soup with filet mignon, beef meatballs, flank, bible tripe, tendon. They also offer plenty of vegetarian options of pho, spring rolls, and vermicelli dishes! Call 713-234-7921 to place an order for pick-up or order online for delivery.
Oktoberfest with an Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.
Next time Siri pops up with an photo memory on your phone, grab an order of fresh, warm pretzels off the Oktoberfest menu to soothe the travel bug. The pretzel packs are great for game watches or sharing with coworkers.
What to order: 6-Pack of Pretzels or Sampler Party Tray with bite-sized original, cinnamon sugar, and pepperoni pretzels and pretzel-wrapped hot dogs. Call 281-265-3188 for pick-up or delivery, or schedule your order online.
Seoul with Breakers BBQ
When it’s your turn to cook for the house, skip the dishes and take your fam on a journey across the world with a hearty serving of Prime Beef Short Rib, Beef Bulgogi, Chicken or Shrimp with salad, kimchi and cucumber, and rice combos. You can choose from combo packs that serve 2, 4, or 6 people. If your virtual meetings are back-to-back order a bento box is a great option to get delivered.
Zurich at Lolli & Pops
Take yourself to the chocolate epicenter of Sugar Land with a visit to the adorable candy shop Lolli & Pops. This mint green storefront will whisk you away to cobblestone streets of Europe and inside offer you a diverse selection of candy, chocolate treats and gifts. With a taste of some rich chocolate, you might even think you made it to Switzerland.
What to order: Coffee Table Tin with sea salt caramel pretzels, chocolate nonpareils, crunchy gummy bears, and milk chocolate peanut butter peanuts. Or create your own Mix and Match with over 80 types of candy. Check out the store selection online.
Safety Measures at First Colony Mall
My visit to First Colony Mall was the first time that I have been to a mall since the start of COVID. I went on a Sunday afternoon and felt very safe. New measures have been implemented to help ensure the health and safety for all who enter the mall, including hand-sanitizing stations, touch-free interactions to open doors, frequent and intense cleanings, social distancing directions and floor dots marking where to stand. They also have a new filtered air system that captures airborne viruses. I was happy to see everyone wearing masks as well.
My favorite part was the bathrooms that had signs on the mirrors saying “Wash your hands like you just ate wings and you’re about to put on a wedding dress.”
I loved that much of the mall is outside centered around an avenue of palm trees and bright murals! Between the group of restaurants, the mall has a lovely green space with lawn chairs and tables spread out. They also had a big projector screen playing sports, which would be a nice place to relax and enjoy the cool autumn weather. By now, most stores are back open too. You can check the current list here.
For additional information on restaurants and to confirm which type of service is being offered, please call ahead. If you’re looking to dine in, I find it’s helpful to call ahead for a reservation.