Photo Shawn Arrajj
For a restaurant to make it on Main Street in Tomball, it has to have an appeal that fits in with the city itself. Sunny Dai's cafe—which specializes in chicken fried steak, cheeseburgers and homemade desserts—just might be that place.
Sunny Dai's feels like the kind of diner people would gather at in the 1950s to talk about the latest music releases or the local high school football team. The restaurant is bright and lively, with old-school hits like “Yakety Yak” and “Mr. Postman” playing over speakers and big windows that allow patrons to look out over the hustle and bustle of Main Street traffic.
The food ranges from the classic chicken fried steak ($11.50), to cheeseburgers ($7.49), hot dogs ($5.99) and a variety of sandwiches including the BLT and Ham & Cheese (both $6.99). I tried the chicken fried chicken sandwich for $7.99, which came with a bountiful bowl of seasoned fries. The sandwich came with lettuce, tomato and as many chicken pieces as they could fit, served on a warm sesame seed bun.
Along the outside of the restaurant runs a banner promising “Hot Eats” and “Cold Treats,” which Sunny Dai's fulfills with its list of desserts, including apple pie slices served with Blue Bell ice cream ($3.75), peach cobbler ($3.99) and individual Blue Bell ice cream scoops ($1.99 for one scoop, $3.75 for two).
The breakfast menu includes a variety of omelets, burritos and egg platters made with locally produced eggs. The two-egg combo gets you two eggs, two sausage links, two strips of bacon, country potatoes and toast for $6.98. The menu also features several organic options for breakfast and lunch.
All the food is prepared to order by chefs and the owner herself. As Tomball continues to grow, it's important for quality restaurants to spring up to help bring life to the downtown area. With any luck, this one is here to stay.
Sunny Dai's Cafe
1000 W. Main Street
Tomball • 281-255-9848