III by Wolfgang Puck
This outpost of the Wolfgang Puck empire breathes new life into a gracious space that has outlived several other restaurants. Expect a gorgeous view of the Texas Medical Center buildings, a group of pleasant servers, and well-executed dishes. We split a huge, nicely crisp Caesar salad with creamy garlic dressing, then went on to a velvety pea soup spiked with chives, chipotle, and onion. A bready crab cake was less satisfying. Of our main courses, the hefty, tender pork wienerschnitzel was a fine dish, sided by potatoes and colorful cucumber, tomato, and arugula; a Gulf seafood risotto featured shrimp, snapper, and (unfortunately chewy) calamari, with preserved lemon, piquillo peppers, and Parmesan. We all fork-fought for the mac and cheese, a happy mix of cheddar, Parmesan, and Gouda.