The sprawling venue manages a sense of intimacy with noise levels that are reasonable and a hustling staff that offers excellent service. Designing your meal is part of the fun at Maverick, and even more so if you have a group to share all of the à la carte offerings. There’s nicely seasoned grilled salmon, spot-on steaks, and daily specials (on our occasion meaty, juicy, fat-rimmed porchetta over root veggies). Skip the rotisserie duck, which for us had good flavor but uneven cooking. You’re sure to find a Texas comfort food favorite in there somewhere. But don’t skip the chocolate whiskey cake if it’s on the list, and the craft cocktails are particularly good (try the Fade to Cab if you like whiskey sours).
City: San Antonio