Sublime Texas cooking at a posh ranch resort.
A longstanding hot spot for its see-and-be-seen atmosphere, great cocktails, and creative dishes.
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…
A hip cafe in a 96-year-old building in Five Points.
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…
Casual, quirky, and all good.
Fun, games, and elevated bar food are all on the menu at the Statler Hotel’s sprawling restaurant.
A laid-back vibe and excellent seafood make colorful Shark Shack a welcome addition to the Strand.
A simple menu of American classics, craft cocktails, and a nostalgic speakeasy vibe.
Wine galore, decent prices, and shareable food draw crowds to this Rice Village spot.
Lunch specials and pies made with farm-fresh goodness.
In the heart of the Knox-Henderson area, this spot serves up creative cocktails and solid American food.
Fast food but different.
“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.
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…
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,…
This historic landmark offers patty melts and egg creams at a U-shaped counter straight out of the twenties.
This onetime movie palace serves up ribeyes, burgers, and stunning mountain views.
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.
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…
Ample quantities of cafe fare served by a pleasant staff.
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. …
Volunteer-staffed, donation-based restaurant with a chef-driven menu.
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…
A well-kept secret among West Campus residents and others in the know.
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…
Another sleek iteration of Robert Del Grande's original Café Annie.
This Pipe Creek spot offers local fare, antiques, and shady pecan trees.
A local favorite saloon with booze-friendly food in South Main Village.
The lines are long at this Midtown breakfast favorite.
The baked goods rival the meat at this Longview favorite.
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…
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…
Sandwiches, daily specials, and plenty of coffee and tea to keep travelers awake.
This no-frills, counter-order kitchen serves solid American fare with a few Japanese dishes thrown in for good measure.
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…
Come cheer your team and your taste in bar food.
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…
Classic breakfast and lunch dishes with a West Texas twist.
More barn than farmhouse, this restaurant dishes up Texas-style comfort food.
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…
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.
From ambience to service, everything is first-rate at the Grill.
Stylish interiors and plenty of variety on the menu.
Nowhere better than the home of Pioneer Flour for brunch or lunch.
If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, you might want to stop by the Gumbo Diner.
Montrose watering hole specializing in craft brew and chef-driven pub grub.
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…
Super-fresh food in a garden atmosphere.
Where art, wine, coffee, and food unite.