The Loretto Bistro

Jan 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

If it weren’t for the sign out front, you might think you were pulling up to an elegant Mediterranean-style home. Instead it’s Sharyland’s new place to see and be seen. We enjoyed a cup of coffee on the garden patio so much that we hung around for lunch in the…

The Lunch Box

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

For those still lamenting the day the doors closed at Bistro M: behold and rejoice. Chef Marcel Fortuin has reopened, decking out his former French bistro with vintage lunch boxes. We started with grilled shrimp over mixed greens perfectly coated in a light vinaigrette (prepared à la minute). The fish…

The Magnolia Pancake Haus

Dec 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Whether you’re hankering for an all-American short stack, a fluffy fruit-topped Belgian waffle, or one of a global array of omelets, breakfast (and a bunch of salads, burgers, and sandwiches too) is lined up and at the ready daily. They don’t take reservations, but they’ll text you if you want…

The Mercury

Apr 30, 2019 By Texas Monthly

For more than twenty years, Chris Ward has delivered elegant food in this comfortable spot.

The Mighty House

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The Mighty Food Truck has moved its eclectic fare into a permanent home. We started with the Strawberry Fields, fresh greens topped with grilled chicken, candied pecans, and strawberries, then moved on to the Miami Nights, the Mighty’s take on a classic Cuban with shredded pork, ham, pickles, and cheese.

The Spot

Nov 4, 2018 By Texas Monthly

A knockout Gulf view plus burgers, po’boys, and massive platters of seafood.

The Tavern

Jan 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This Tanglewood-TCU hangout, which reminds us of an upscale diner, is quite possibly our most reliable go-to for impromptu dinner outings. We love to start with the fire-roasted artichokes, emanating wood-grilled flavor and augmented nicely with a creamy chipotle dipping sauce and charred lemon for squeezing. That wood richness also…

The Well

Feb 3, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This new venue near UTSA is 20,000 square feet of dance hall, glittery bar, and picnic tables. Perhaps, you think at first blush, this is a place likely to depend on trucked-in fry-ables and ho-hum burgers. Not so fast. Chemo Barrera and wife Margeaux Alcorta, formerly with the Jason Dady…

Town Hearth

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Some chefs cook for one another, others for their customers. Dallas’s Nick Badovinus is in the latter camp. He created fans galore in 2008 with casual Neighborhood Services and did it again in 2015 with seafood splash Montlake Cut. In January, his magnum opus, Town Hearth, finally opened. A tongue-in-cheek…


Dec 10, 2018 By Texas Monthly

An ambitious, reimagined new venue in the historic Houstonian Hotel.

True Food Kitchen

Apr 4, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Go at 11 for lunch and there may not be quite such a wait at this attractive, wildly popular spot. By noon it will be full and the decibel level will be off the charts. Lasagne bolognese with chicken sausage, mushrooms, spinach, carrots, and lemon ricotta is a fine version…


Oct 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

A really hot skillet of creamy charred artichokes with roasted garlic, herbs, and spicy lemon aioli—plus lots of pita bread to sop up the good stuff—made a wonderful beginning for our table. Our he-man ordered the pan-grilled Akaushi flatiron paired with a sweet potato, fresh corn, and bacon hash (it…

Tyler Street Bistro

Dec 7, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Though we have had a few less than perfect lunchtime experiences at this downtown bistro, chatter had it that it was time for another look. Apparently, the chatter has cred, as this time we found TSB to be a treasure, particularly for dinner. The lights were low and the ambience…

Uptown Pub

May 11, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Sometimes we just don’t feel like traipsing to the newest see-and-be-seen place in town, and that’s when we hit a place like this small house on a corner in Uptown, with its interior lighting of mainly neon beer signs and ancient wooden floors that slant and squeak. But be advised…

Vickery Cafe

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Yes, you can get a fine plate of bacon and eggs, but this coffeeshop does so much more—and so well. Brined in-house, the corned beef with diced potatoes, peppers, and onions is the finest hash around, especially if topped with two over-easy eggs and accompanied with toasty challah bread. The…

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.

Woodlands American Grill

Oct 3, 2016 By Texas Monthly

A member of our party would not begin her meal until she had her fix of soup: creamy braised mushrooms with goat cheese crostini. And although we usually skip lunch salads, we were gently pushed in the direction of ordering a complex mix of macadamia-and-citrus-crusted cedar-plank salmon piled atop a…

World Cup Cafe

Mar 30, 2017 By Courtney Bond

This out-of-the-way cafe is smack-dab in the middle of an area of Waco that is undergoing serious gentrification. Adjacent from the Jubilee Market, like a veritable mirage in the food desert that is East Waco, this eclectic eatery (and fair-trade market) could be anywhere but seems right at home in…


Oct 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Before spending an enjoyable day at Klyde Warren Park, fortify yourself with a Herculean breakfast (or lunch) at this pleasant space, with its blond woods and color palette of orange sherbet and blueberry. Although it took five minutes to read the mind-boggling list of choices, we decided on the West…

Zeke’s Sports Bar & Grill

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

With all the earmarks of a traditional sports bar—lots of TVs, a huge projection screen for big games, an impressive beer selection, giant burgers—Zeke’s has become popular among the university crowd. Its semi-round bar has comfortable seating beneath fluorescent beer signs, and the remaining tables offer clear views of all…