Known for an extensive whiskey collection and imported oysters served every which way, this ritzy River Oaks District tavern from Baltimore dishes out elegant seafood and elevated comfort fare. We pined for the sidewalk patio and great social-hour deals, but our to-go meal turned out well. Order this to go: We devoured the charcuterie and cheese from Houston Dairymaids, thoughtfully arranged with fresh and dried fruit, mustards, cornichons, and caper berries. Grilled Ora King salmon is an ambitious mélange of tiny roasted potatoes and cherry tomatoes, grilled fennel wedges, olives, and seriously spicy red-pepper Romesco sauce. Also aggressively seasoned (and quite hearty) is the chicken and sausage gumbo with rice. The icing on the cake? Silky graham-crust cheesecake with both strawberry sauce and whipped cream neatly packaged on the side. Pro tip: Oysters are not offered to go (likewise, save the kampachi ceviche with homemade potato chips for in-restaurant dining).

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.