This showstopper of a dining room and bar honors Angelina Eberly, the brave woman who shot a cannonball into the night to warn her fellow Austinites that Sam Houston’s minions were making off with the archives of the Republic of Texas, thereby moving the nascent state capital to Houston. Given that the battle was over historic documents, it’s charming to see the reading-room decor in the spectacular vaulted conservatory. The food, straight from the pages of a Garden & Gun spread, takes its cues from the American South; it’s tasty and comfortable, with enough luxe ingredients to seem dazzling, but not nearly as dazzling as the interior. Take the too-fluffy slice of cornbread, topped with hunks of lump crab and drizzled with Steen’s cane syrup. Referencing New Orleans was a redfish topped with more lump crab atop a heavy-on-the-cream corn maque choux. The steak frites, with a ruby-hued filet mignon and a perfectly astringent “E-1” steak sauce, was good but not revolutionary.
Cuisine: New American