Jul 31, 2017 By Texas Monthly

With lots of big tables for families and various other crews, this is a great, down-to-earth place, often crowded with folks who seem to know the menu by heart. We ordered the special, a grilled-chicken sandwich with Monterey Jack cheese and roasted green chiles; the slight sweetness of the bun…

Mesa Street Grill

Jun 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Having thrived since moving to its new location several years ago, Mesa Street is adding new menu items to keep things fresh. The Fred Flintstone–size short rib, a slab of tender beef on the bone nestled in creamy mashed potatoes, boasts hints of garlic and fresh herbs. The equally tasty,…

Native Bar & Kitchen

Jul 21, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Just east of I-35, this two-sided space can take you from coffee to cocktails and back again. The hipster quotient is high, but that’s to be expected, as this funky eatery is attached to a stylish youth hostel. Elaborate woodwork and brick and rock walls set a rustic stage for the…

Neches River Wheelhouse

Sep 9, 2015 By Texas Monthly

From the outdoor cabana bar we watched the ships pass by as we waited for our table at this popular riverfront eatery, which has upped its game with a more sophisticated menu that goes well beyond fried seafood. The stuffed chicken breast fairly burst with a rich crawfish-cornbread dressing, and…

Neighborhood Services

Oct 14, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Let’s be honest: Nick Badovinus has the Midas touch. This new location, in Addison, is already doing land-office business. Slices of sourdough baguette slices slathered with pimento cheese, thinly sliced smoked ham, and accents of arugula were perfect for sharing. And we were happy to have the opportunity to sample…

Niko’s Steakhouse

Jan 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

In the shadow of the busy Staples-Saratoga intersection, Niko’s is consistently dependable and affordable. The kitchen manages the huge menu remarkably well, promptly delivering to the table cold salads and hot entrées. Don’t miss the Black & Blue Ribeye, nicely seared and served with a dollop of rosemary-Gorgonzola sauce; sides…

NM Cafe

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Upstairs at the ultra-shiny new Neiman Marcus at Clearfork, this petite dining room replaces the former Zodiac concept. Bright and cheerful, the bistro is faithful to Helen Corbitt’s signatures, like the chicken consommé and the fluffy popover with strawberry butter. Modern delights, however, are not ignored: blackened-salmon tacos come filled…


Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Come-as-you-are is the vibe at this snug, rustic bungalow by former Coltivare bartender Martin Stayer, who charmingly named this, his first restaurant, after his grandmother. On the concise menu of mostly small plates, a must is the signature baked potato bread dotted with bacon and served warm in the skillet…

Nolita Corner Bistro

Sep 24, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This warehouse district restaurant uses the industrial feel to its advantage, with exposed ductwork and support beams, old black and white photos, and large, clean-lined windows for watching the street scene. The menu is equally interesting. It ranges from ginormous double-meat, double-cheese burgers to delicate shrimp scampi to a pile…

One 2 One

Jan 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Tucked away in an upscale shopping center, this spacious restaurant allows for a view of the open kitchen, where cooks churn out the likes of cream of asparagus soup strewn with chunks of crab and chives, thick burgers ornamented with sweet grilled onions and cheddar cheese, and tall slices of…

Pat’s Kitchen

Dec 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The black-and-white-tiled floors and deep vinyl booths here hint that the Fonz might be in the back flipping burgers. Fortunately, a menu heavy on comfort food matches the meticulously sourced atmosphere. Burgers and sandwiches are staples, including an impressive Philly cheesesteak bracketed with your choice of house fries, tater tots,…

Press Cafe, Fort Worth
Press Cafe

Apr 30, 2019 By Texas Monthly

This two-story riverside gathering spot balances its hip quotient with flavor and grace.

Reata restaurant

Oct 2, 2018 By Texas Monthly

A downtown house where cattle barons would, and do, fit right in.

Redbud Cafe

Sep 11, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Great food and a cheerful atmosphere make Redbud the social hub of Blanco.


Nov 12, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Every neighborhood deserves a warm, welcoming eatery like Relish.

Restoration Wine Bar

Mar 29, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Rumors of an expanded menu drew us back to one of our favorite little wine bars, an unexpected find in little Lufkin, which seems to be home to more than the usual number of barbecue joints and burger barns. The rumors were true, in that the original tapas-style menu now…

Ripe Eatery

Aug 15, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Since being sold several years ago, Ripe continues to expand with the addition of a catering service, a private party room, a next-door breakfast/bakery spot (called Ripe Sunrise), and live music on Saturdays. And the menu still delights customers with its freshness. We like the calamari tacos, the tender squid…