The Grill

Jun 20, 2018 By Texas Monthly

From ambience to service, everything is first-rate at the Grill.

Bettie Jean’s Homestyle Cooking

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The daily menu reads like Sunday lunch at grandma’s house: smothered pork chops, fried catfish, slabs of meat loaf studded with green peppers and onions and sauced with a tomato gravy. Did we mention the tender fried chicken with the crispy coating? It’s some of the best we’ve tasted. Sides…

Republic Chicken

Dec 6, 2016 By Texas Monthly

If you take your fried chicken seriously, then batter up! At Republic it’s the signature dish. This vintage home in Old Town is the perfect setting for a home-style feast that includes a heaping platter of tender, crispy fried chicken with house-made sides of creamed corn, mac and cheese, fresh…

Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp

Dec 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

A seafood house doubling as a Tex-Mex joint, this place jumps on the weekends with live music, cold beer, and dishes that range from shrimp gumbo to crispy beef tacos. This is not just a flavorful marriage of convenience. The kitchen knows what it’s doing, and it shows, whether it’s…

Sweet Basil

Nov 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Not much about the decor of this strip-center spot says “Vietnamese food,” but it’s cheery enough. The standard pho and crusty banh mi are better than most, but we swooned over the clay pot–style shrimp simmering in a spicy-sweet sauce. In fact, most of the chef’s recommendations are worth returning…


Nov 7, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The vibe at this tearoom feels like that of a family reunion most days, and soon enough you’ll be a regular too, returning frequently for the soups, sandwiches, and salads. The pasta served with grilled chicken and fresh sautéed vegetables is a house favorite, but there is much more to…

iCreole Bistro

Jul 28, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The distinctive aroma of spicy cooking greets you when you enter this modest establishment. What was once just a bakery has expanded with a menu that reads like a top ten list of Creole and Cajun delights. Gumbo, étouffée, shrimp and grits, blackened redfish, and even some international delights like…

Green Light Kitchen

May 10, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Located in the lobby of a downtown office building, the surroundings are as light and fresh as the food; the menu relies on locally sourced selections as much as possible. Craving a burger, we tried the house version, which came on a soft, slightly sweet bun with a juicy beef…

Suga’s Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar

Mar 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The colorful art that hangs in the dining room gives this place a lively air, which pairs well with the menu of Creole-infused dishes. The bar’s artisan cocktails bring in the after-work crowd.    …


Feb 29, 2016 By Texas Monthly

It’s good to have something tasty to go with the famous frosty margaritas they serve here. We like the shrimp tostadas garnished with house-made guacamole and the chicken enchiladas served with a piquant tomatillo sauce redolent of garlic. Lighter eaters will enjoy the tortilla soup, a velvety broth with shredded…


Jan 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

There are many Mexican choices in the area, but this is the place we keep coming back to. It certainly isn’t the plain decor or springy-bottom booths. It’s the queso and guacamole that taste like they were just made, and the tried-and-true Tex-Mex staples like tacos and enchiladas. Every now…

Crown Pizza

Nov 20, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The shipping container that houses this pizza place can get a little cramped, but it’s fun to watch the kitchen crew pop those little pies into the big shiny oven. The patio offers a bit more elbow room to maneuver those yummy slices, whether they be one of the house…

Habanero Bar & Grill

Nov 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The basic surroundings here belie an elevated menu that goes beyond the usual tacos and enchiladas. The chile relleno pleased us with its ground beef stuffing and mild roasted pepper. But the real star was a chicken breast topped with a sweet, tangy cilantro-and-tamarind sauce and garnished with nuggets of…

White Horse Bar & Grill

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The contemporary decor belies the menu, which is heavy on steaks and seafood, with a little Tex-Mex too. But these tried and true dishes are a step above the average, like a burger with a hand-shaped patty served on a toasted sweet bun with a side of crispy onion strings.

Gerard’s Barbecue

Mar 19, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

In a restaurant where links and ribs are so popular, brisket can be an afterthought. None of the great seasoning found on the other meats was present on the dull beef. A half chicken was also dry and under-seasoned, and a swim in the sauce was badly needed to liven…