Saint Ann

Nov 2, 2018 By Texas Monthly

A longstanding hot spot for its see-and-be-seen atmosphere, great cocktails, and creative dishes.

Sallio Bistro

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We should know by now that gazpacho with tomatoes as a base is best served in the summer, but we couldn’t resist, and this version met our expectations pretty well (although it was pureed to a fare-thee-well). Risotto Florentine was extremely creamy and enhanced by two large shrimp and shavings…


Sep 26, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The splashes of green that brightened this civilized room are gone, replaced by rather somber tones of gray and brown. But at least the food hasn’t changed. Extravagantly decadent was an appetizer of Texas goat cheese and elephant garlic baked into a luscious mess for spreading on small slices of…


May 8, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Fun, games, and elevated bar food are all on the menu at the Statler Hotel’s sprawling restaurant.

Shark Shack

Sep 20, 2018 By Texas Monthly

A laid-back vibe and excellent seafood make colorful Shark Shack a welcome addition to the Strand.


Apr 15, 2019 By Texas Monthly

A simple menu of American classics, craft cocktails, and a nostalgic speakeasy vibe.

Sixty Vines

Jan 30, 2020 By Texas Monthly

Wine galore, decent prices, and shareable food draw crowds to this Rice Village spot.


May 23, 2018 By Texas Monthly

In the heart of the Knox-Henderson area, this spot serves up creative cocktails and solid American food.

Sozial Haus

Apr 7, 2016 By Texas Monthly

“Eat, Drink, Be Sozial.” That’s the motto, and it’s that kind of place, relaxed and friendly. Expect varied appetizers (like goat cheese with crispy crostini), salads and sandwiches, and thin-crust pizzas with imaginative toppings.

Specialty Kitchen and Bakery

Jul 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We are addicted to the bacon, Gouda, and apple sandwich, though the quiche is coming on strong; we sampled the spinach, ham, and cheddar variety and had to take another slice to go. Don’t miss the spectacular orange scone. This is a true neighborhood spot, and it’s building a solid…


Jun 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

We’re glad we stepped away from our usual haunts to visit this old favorite. Two sliders of Danish blue cheese and applewood-smoked bacon, plus black pepper fries tossed with cheddar cheese, made a tasty duo for lunch. And we also liked the mandarin orange spinach salad, with its golden raisins,…

Star Drug Store

Dec 3, 2018 By Texas Monthly

This historic landmark offers patty melts and egg creams at a U-shaped counter straight out of the twenties.

State Fare

Dec 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Still undergoing renovations, this crowd-pleaser draws a full house on Saturdays, with its thirteen screens showing college football. A menu of made-from-scratch Texas comfort food includes good stuff like gumbo, tortilla soup, fried catfish, a bone-in ribeye, four decadent mac and cheese options, and barbecue shrimp, to name a few.

Stoneleigh P

Aug 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Like a welcome blast from the past, the juke box still plays Franz Liszt, Billie Holliday, and John Coltrane; the rather large magazine rack is full of good reading material; and the dim interior sports black booths, dark red tile floors, and the original black marble counter. And the food…


Nov 12, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Ample quantities of cafe fare served by a pleasant staff.

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.    …

Teddy Jack’s Hub City Grill

Nov 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This casual spot has something for everyone: salads, pizzas, burgers, and even Tex-Mex. We got a brick-oven Hawaiian pizza that was big enough to feed the whole table. But we also ordered the City Slicker burger, laden with avocado and bacon. We were stuffed, but when the waiter came to…

Texas French Bread

Aug 8, 2018 By

A well-kept secret among West Campus residents and others in the know.

Texas Scratch Kitchen

Apr 5, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Yes, everything is made from scratch here. We like the laid-back elegance of the decor, especially the colorful photos of bluebonnets, oil wells, and Longhorn cattle. If you’re going for the TCFS (Texas chicken-fried steak), be warned it’s big enough for two hungry people. And it’s top quality, made with…

The Café at North Haven Gardens

Sep 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Once you’ve picked out your fall plantings, settle into a bright, airy room overlooking all the flora for sale for a satisfying light lunch. The menu has no more than a few items, but what’s there is very good. Hummus with toasted pita along with a caprese salad with a…

The Central Station

Jun 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This place is housed in a former Texaco service station (circa 1930) downtown, a 3,600-square-foot building that has been restored (but with the original storefront) and now features an upstairs deck. Trusting our car, oops, no, our tummies to the men and women who wear the star, we were…

The Creek Cafe

Sep 17, 2018 By Texas Monthly

This no-frills, counter-order kitchen serves solid American fare with a few Japanese dishes thrown in for good measure.

The Del

Feb 3, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Claiming a “country-club casual” atmosphere, this freshly remodeled spot from the Brooklyn Athletic Club folks seems more Memorial than Montrose, the ideal fit for Briargrove and Tanglewood folk to dine alfresco on pretzel-bun cheeseburgers and craft beers while the kiddos build Jenga towers across the spacious patio. We visited on…

The Dobson Café

Nov 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This deservedly popular spot appeals with its spectacular bay-front setting and menu of hearty salads, sandwiches on thick slices of house-made bread, and tempting pastries. We frequently choose the quiche of the day, particularly when it’s filled with bacon or ham, or the Swinney Switch salad, a feast of crisp…

The Front Room

Apr 20, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Conveniently located next to SMU, parents have a comfortable landing place while visiting their precious progeny. We can recommend a sharable starter of Louisiana barbecue shrimp, glazed in a sweetish sauce and draped over a cornbread salad with mustard greens. Larger appetites will want to go for either the cornmeal-crusted catfish…

The Griffin Grill

Oct 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This neighborhood eatery serves solid American cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Start with the house-made tortilla soup with a hint of spice and move on to the hand-breaded chicken Parmesan topped with a tangy marinara. Save room for dessert.

The Grill

Jun 20, 2018 By Texas Monthly

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

The Gumbo Diner

Sep 2, 2019 By Texas Monthly

If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, you might want to stop by the Gumbo Diner.

The Heights

Nov 17, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This casual Lakewood gem is good all day, but it’s a great place to kick off your morning. The petite menu covers the basics, from bagels and migas to toasted-oatmeal granola pancakes served with caramel-apple syrup (the toasted oatmeal is scattered on top, adding a delightful crunch) and your choice…