Bella Stella

May 8, 2018 By Texas Monthly

The only problem we have with this little winery in northeast Texas is that the mostly German kitchen serves only four meals a week.

La Tratt

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We stopped into La Trattoria, a longtime Alpine favorite, to discover that it had lost not only its last four letters but also its previous owners, chef, and a few tables. The huge windows remain (the view is still Highway 90), and the new look is cool and sleek. Pizzas…

Rise No 2

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The second location of Dallas’s popular Rise charmed us from the get-go, with its cafe tables, birch branches sparkling with lights, and Texas- and Paris-themed tea towels for napkins. We started well with the whimsical “marshmallow” soup, a rich tomato basil with miniature goat cheese puffs, drizzled with basil oil.

Los Pinos Ranch

Oct 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Having been privy to raves about chef Enam Chowdhury’s specials, we set out to visit this remote winery and restaurant and order the specials of the evening, no matter the culinary category. We primed our palates with the lobster nachos, which were peppered with charred guajillo chiles, and the ahi…

Bill’s Bistro

Nov 18, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Tucked away in a shopping center, Bill’s has the advantage of sharing doors (and owners) with the Wine Rack. Chef Bill Bloom’s small menu offers the likes of hand-cut steaks and roasted duck, along with seafood items like a delicious buttery sole (a special that deserves a permanent spot on…


Nov 16, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Worth the drive for those not nearby, this popular place serves a full house in tight quarters without missing a beat. Offerings include good-looking fried chicken and burgers, but we were enticed by the fish selections, one a pan-seared salmon filet atop a luxurious leek risotto, the other nicely roasted…