A lot of folks think of this laid-back spot only when contemplating breakfast, but we like to stop in for the other two meals as well. Share the deviled eggs or the Hummus Pita Platter, then move on to dishes like the green-tomato BLT or Salmon Farro, the nutty-tasting grain crowned with a generous chunk of grilled fish. The Elvis Presley cheesecake, with its peanut butter and bananas, runs only a distant second to the Nutella cheesecake. (11/13)
Alongside edibles like crispy chicken fried steak and doughy Czech kolaches, homemade chicken pot pie is a Southern food staple. This dish, with it's flaky crust, features a familiar mix of vegetables and chicken swimming in a thick, savory gravy, a basic recipe that often inspires unconventional interpretations throughout Texas kitchens. Kenny & Ziggy’s—a popular delicatessen in Houston—features a signature chicken pot pie on its menu every fall and winter.
There’s a new chef in charge at this palace of a restaurant (three private rooms!), where you’ll feel like an extra on a 1930’s movie set. Lobster bisque may be ubiquitous, but the one here is particularly good; adorned with a sweet corn fritter, it’s like the essence of the sea. We also love the teriyaki salmon on a bed of shiitake sticky rice napped with a most addictive sauce of brown butter and soy. (11/13)
Expect many of the same popular dishes you enjoyed at the Addison location of this venerable restaurant, now located in the former Ocho space. The panzanella salad studded with cubes of avocado and dressed in a piquant roasted-tomato vinaigrette was a fine appetizer. Simplicity itself was a fusilli dish with a pestolike sauce of finely chopped wild mushrooms. Thank goodness the signature lemon tart with pistachio crust and fresh berries wasn’t left behind. (11/13)
Anyone looking to take on a full-fledged Texas winery? The job could be yours this November 6 with the auction sale of Pheasant Ridge Winery up near Lubbock. One of the first Texas wineries founded in 1979, Pheasant Ridge not only has a bit of winemaking history under its belt, but a few award-winning wines as well.
Plunked down in a business park, this unassuming eatery evidently gives diners what they want; we counted at least forty cars in the lot. We decided to put the kitchen to the test and ordered eggs Benedict. Not only were the eggs properly prepared (you know, slipped into the simmering water), but the hollandaise was quite good, with enough left over to spoon over a side of grits, and the ham was hefty. Breakfast is served all day. (11/13)
Arro, a French restaurant in downtown Austin, opened in July with executive chef/partner Drew Curren and pastry chef Mary Catherine Curren, his wife, at the helm. Texas Monthly food editor Patricia Sharpe recently spoke with Drew Curren about why he chose to try this cuisine in Austin, his influences, and his love of frog legs.
Patricia Sharpe: Why a French restaurant?
Just a few weeks ago, famed Austin chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki of La Condesa and Sway exited their acclaimed restaurants to pursue other unnamed interests. And while the talented duo has yet to confirm any official plans at the moment, the restaurants they left behind have moved forward with two new faces: Rick Lopez as the executive chef of La Condesa and Alexis Chong as the executive chef of Sway.