Inside the stunning Bowie House, a greatly anticipated hotel addition to the Cultural District, this restaurant and bar raises the theme of Texas’s Western culture—horses in particular—to a to a new level of elegance. Replete with leather, wood, and brass detail, the warm and sumptuous dining and drinking spaces double as galleries for a remarkable contemporary art collection. In the kitchen, chef Antonio Votta employs experience gained in Michelin-starred places on both coasts to deliver comforting dishes with clever twists. Our favorite was the dry-aged New York strip with mignonette pepper, red watercress, and a lush handmade Worcestershire sauce, accompanied by a potato gratin pavé. Korean-style fried halibut bore a light, airy crust drizzled in a spicy pickle juice, while the tender wild boar chop did well with a milanesa treatment (creamy parsnips serving as a lush pillow). Pastry chef Laura Cottler infused cream cheese frosting with pineapple and rum to make her five-layer hummingbird cake sing, but dieters may appreciate the fresh fruits laced with Champagne sabayon. The cozy, comfortable bar offers coffee and gorgeous pastries in the morning, becomes a remote workspace through the day, and turns into a fireside cocktail hot spot starting in the evening and well into the night.
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Bricks and Horses
Posh new hotel restaurant offers creative Texas dishes and a bar with style to spare.