CULTURAL ADVANTAGE

CULTURAL ADVANTAGE

The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Claire-Lise Greve who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state.

AUSTIN

STOP! IN THE NAME OF COOL

Motown: Sound of Young America is the exhibit that recalls the 1960s when the music label and its talents burst onto the music scene…and the world has continued to love it since. Take a trip into yesteryear with this fabulous look at sights, sounds and the costumes that changed pop culture. Through January 26, 2020. At LBJLibrary.org

The Supremes costumes, the 1960s.  Photo courtesy of  LBJ Presidential Library

 

WOMAN POWER

Sister Suffragists is a centennial celebration exhibit of the movement that brought suffrage to the women of Texas and the nation. On June 28, 1919, Texas became the ninth state to ratify that amendment, which would later become the Nineteenth Amendment when  women nationwide won the right to vote. See the era unfold in this can’t-miss look into our past at the Bullock State History Museum. Through August 31, 2020. At TheStoryOfTexas

Photo courtesy of Bullock State History Museum

A CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC

With a story about life and how we choose to live it, Dear Evan Hansen portrays the tough social issues that many young Americans face today in a deeply moving and groundbreaking way. Coming this December to Austin’s Bass Hall, this six-time Tony Award®-winning musical is one not to miss. December 10–15. At  TexasPerformingArts.org

 Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy, Dear Evan Hansen U.S. Tour

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

A SLEEPING BEAUTY

In a new exhibit at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, artist John Currin focuses on depictions of gender, the masculine identity, and the male gaze, as well as an analysis of his own masculinity as it is tracked through his art in My Life As A Man. Through December 22. At DallasContemporary.org.

John Currin. Detail of Fishermen, 2002. © John Currin. Photo by Rob McKeever. Courtesy of Gagosian and Dallas Contemporary

THE NEW TIDE

After a year-long renovation project, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth reopens to the public with the first exhibit to feature the formative years of photographer Gordon Parks’ career, a favorite of Vogue. In Gordon Parks: The New Tide, The Gordon Parks Foundation collaborated with the National Gallery of Art to conceive this inspiring collection displaying his photos of African American life in the middle of the 20th century. Through December 29. At CarterMuseum.org.

Photo courtesy of The Gordan Parks Foundation

A TASTE OF SPAIN

Spain’s most celebrated artists are presented like never before at the Meadows Museum in the exhibit El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain. On loan from the Bowes Museum in the United Kingdom, these paintings represent a vast scope of history ranging from the 15th to  19th centuries as well as Josephine Bowes’ role in collecting these works of art. Through January 2020. At the MeadowsMuseumDallas.org.

The Repentant St. Peter by El Greco. Photo courtesy of The Meadows Museum.

HOUSTON

SPANISH FLAIR

The Houston Grand Opera presents the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering, the prequel to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. Perfect for all ages, this opera explores family dynamics while dealing with life-altering changes. Dec. 5–22. At HoustonGrandOpera.org

Photo courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

PIVOTAL ARTISTS

Monet to Picasso: A Very Private Collection showcases paintings from some of the world’s most renowned artists including Pissaro, Renoir, Picasso and many more at pivotal moments in their careers. This never before seen collection is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. September 10–Jan. 12, 2020.     At MFAH.org

Woman Seated in an Armchair (Femme assise dans un fauteuil), 1941, oil on canvas, private collection. © Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of MFAH.

HOLIDAY’S TRADITION

The Houston Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, the holiday story about a young girl and her Nutcracker as they venture to the land of Sweets where they encounter the mystical Sugar Plum Fairy. Featuring stunning choreography and an iconic score this is a must-see for the whole family this holiday season. November 29–December 29. At HoustonBallet.org

Photo courtesy of the Houston Ballet

SAN ANTONIO

BEYOND THE CATHEDRAL

Paris: Notre Dame and Beyond, a new exhibit by the McNay Museum, sparked by the recent fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral this year, features several lithographs depicting some of the most architecturally stunning aspects about Paris’ famed Cathedral. December 5–February 23. At McNayArt.org

Henri Rivière, Du Haut des Tours Notre-Dame from Les Paysages Parisiens, 1900.

Lithograph from the collection of the McNay Museum.

CITY CELEBRATION

With a tripartite presentation entitled Waking Dream, Isaac Julien: Playtime and Jewels in the Concrete, the inaugural opening of the new Ruby City will feature seminal works by contemporary artists including Do Ho Suh, Teresita Fernández, Ana Fernandez and Chuck Ramirez. At RubyCity.org

Photo of Teresita Fernández Silver Screen (30 Dissolves), 2011,  courtesy of Ruby City

VICTORIAN RADICALS

British art had a dynamic period of growth in the late 19th century and was revolutionized by new avant-garde techniques of the Victorian era. The San Antonio Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement highlights this time period with various paintings, sculptures, and jewelry. Through January 5. At SAMuseum.org

Photo courtesy of The American Federation of Arts and SAMA

FAN FAVORITE

FAN FAVORITE

How to cool things down this winter? Our editors Lesa Rossick in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio share their favorite statewide recommendations that are must-dines as the season becomes merrier.

AUSTIN

ROSEDALE RENDEZVOUS

Two words. Simply Genius. Executive Chef Janelle Reynolds takes fresh ingredients and makes elevated healthy forward dishes.  Combined with some of the best service in the city, this brainchild of owner Stuart Thomajan  will quickly become an Austin institution.

At RosedaleKB.com

Photo courtesy of Rosedale Kitchen

LOVE ON THE HILL

Chef Page Pressley takes the helm at  Swedish Hill, the newly renovated restaurant that offers everything from fresh pastries and customized cakes to Rotisserie Chicken. It’s a pure delight to experience this Austin tradition that’s been so reinvigorated.

At SwedishHillAustin.com  

Photo courtesy of Swedish Hill

HERE COMES THE BRIDE

Portuguese-infused creativity combined with a Texas flare is a match made in heaven at Vixens Wedding. From the creators of Lenoir, this new spot in the ARRIVE East Austin Hotel serves delicious small plates and shareable dishes along with creative cocktails in a charming, bright spot in the city.

At VixensWeddingATX.com

Photo courtesy of Vixen Wedding

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

LOCAL LOVE

Deep Ellum hotspot, LOCAL, was conceptualized in 1998 by owner Chef Tracy Miller in the historic century-old Boyd Hotel. In fact, this popular eatery is the closest thing to a NYC bistro this side of the Mason-Dixon line. It continues to be a favorite amongst Dallas foodies by serving a modern American menu with the vision to create beautiful, delicious dishes while using the simplest, most honest ingredients.

At LocalDallas.com

Photo courtesy of Local

YO QUIERO TE DESEO

Te Deseo features Latin American-inspired (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru) cuisine and cocktails in a stunning environment of multiple social and dining spaces, each with differing personalities and design. With a series of unique dining rooms, tiled courtyard, and four bars, it also provides a stunning rooftop view overlooking the city. The new  venue also offers over 100 specialty tequilas and mezcals along with inspired cocktails that highlight Latin American spirits.

At TeDeseoDallas.com

Photo by Rob Underwood

BEYOND CORNY

Brothers Neil and Carl Fletcher started this country’s obsession with fried foods when they invented the corny dog in Dallas in 1938. It was introduced at the State Fair of Texas in 1942 and has become an iconic part of the State Fair-attending experience. The secret to the famous Fletcher’s Corny Dog crunch is not only the trademarked batter, but also the water temperature and how the batter is mixed. The Fletcher family recently purchased a food trailer to allow them to cater off-site events throughout Texas.

At FletchersCornyDogs.com

Photo courtesy of Fletchers

HOUSTON

HOTEL REDUX

Baldwin, the latest and coolest addition to Houston’s downtown hotel scene, has opened its doors wide open to both locals and the city’s visitors. Named for Charlotte Baldwin Allen, who in 1836, helped fund the Allen Brothers real estate opportunities that affect the city to this day. Rosalie is just one of the many restaurants, salon, and retail offerings in this sleek hotel.

At CBaldwinHotel.com

Photo courtesy of C. Baldwin Hotel

G-FORCE

New to the Allen Center development, Guard and Grace is a modern American steakhouse that features everything from prime, certified Angus and local grass-fed cuts of beef to fresh seafood, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and vegetarian selections in a bright, airy atmosphere. It even boasts a temperature-controlled wine cellar complete with wine lockers where guests can store  some of their own “reserve” bottles. 

At GuardAndGrace.com

Photo courtesy of Guard And Grace

POSITIVELY ITALIAN

Located in the heart of Montrose, Postino Wine Café offers an all-day wine program best described as sophisticated-meets-approachable. Coupled with its crave-able bruschetta offerings, shareable charcuterie and cheese boards, hand-pressed paninis, mix-and-match sandwiches, salads, and scratch soup combinations, it’s becoming a new favorite.

At PostinoWineCafe.com

Photo courtesy of Postino

SAN ANTONIO

BAKERY’S BEST

Founded in Brooklyn by Lauren O’Connor, Cake Thieves is a vegan pop-up bakery and caterer that has been serving up sweets to San Antonio dessert lovers since 2009. Amassing a devoted social media following on Instagram that scrolls for their fans’ sweet tooth, Cake Thieves’ imaginative flavors change seasonally and are available for custom orders if you can’t catch one of their popular pop-up appearances around town.

At CakeTheives.com

Photo courtesy of Cake Theives

SOUTHERN FLAIR

For foodies who have flocked to favorite eatery Southerleigh inside of Hotel Emma at Pearl, devotees are abuzz about the restaurant group’s newest concept, Bird & Biscuit, opening at the RIM in early 2020. A fine casual restaurant concept that will provide brunch, lunch, dinner, take-out and delivery, Bird & Biscuit will feature a menu based on southern style food including fried chicken, biscuits, and an oyster bar, paired with local Southerleigh micro-brew beers. Plus, the restaurant will also feature a full bar.

At Southerleigh.com

Photo courtesy of Southerleigh

BURGER HEAVEN

A favorite burger spot for San Antonio locals since 1977, Chris Madrids has now reopened after nearly two years of renovations due to a fire that damaged the historic building. The iconic restaurant, nestled in the Alta Vista neighborhood, is just north of downtown. It has welcomed generations of San Antonians to gather, feast, play, and make cherished family memories. Now with a new party room and patio, the hotspot hopes to host greater gatherings than ever before.

At ChrisMadrids.com

Photo courtesy of Chris Madrids

POLISH MAKES PERFECT

POLISH MAKES PERFECT

Since we all attend so many weddings, that means there are numerous social situations that are unique. Join our very own etiquette expert Sharon Schweitzer, J.D. as she helps us navigate the nuances for this special time in your life when you are in the spotlight.

Dear Ms. Etiquette Expert,

We’ve decided not to invite kids to the wedding, but my fiancé’s mother really wants us to invite her grandchildren. Can we bend the rule or is that playing favorites?   

         Plays By The Rules

Dear Rule Requester,

Deciding whether to invite children is one of the most difficult guest list questions. Once a decision is made, it’s best to stick with it. Graciously coordinate with both families. Respectfully state that although this is your wedding, you plan to honor what is important to both families during the wedding. Summon up your best diplomacy skills, compromise and remember, you can’t please everyone all of the time. Your fiancé’s mother and her grandchildren will be your new family and you may want to respect their wishes. Consider the following to avoid playing favorites:

Due to space limitations, we are hosting an adults-only wedding. The only children attending are immediate family or our wedding party. If anyone needs help with making arrangements for childcare, please let us know and we will do our best to assist.

 

Dear Ms. Etiquette Expert,

My family has set our wedding budget based on our initial guest list, but now my future mother-in-law wants to invite 30 more people. What should we do?

Best Guest List

Dear Guest Handler,

Marriage is about bringing two people together to create a new family. Creating and encouraging open communication with both sides of the family early in the engagement and wedding planning will set the stage for excellent communication during your marriage. Discuss the invitation, location, catering and budget; are there certain people from each family that must be invited? What does your fiancé think? If finances are an issue, will your fiancé’s family contribute? Having an awareness of family customs and showing parental respect goes a long way, especially when this family will become your new extended family.

 

Dear Ms. Etiquette Expert,

Recently, we had a falling out with a friendly couple during our engagement. Can we dis-invite them?

Friend Indeed

 

Dear Friendly Persuasion, 

Etiquette experts agree that this must never occur. However, life happens. Friendships dissolve, crimes are committed, and indiscretions are discovered. Predicaments the bride and groom cannot fathom surface that can cause anguish on both sides. Yes, it’s true that it’s your wedding and you can invite anyone you wish. However, inviting someone and then rescinding that invitation requires contemplation and diplomacy.

If you have the fortitude to rescind a wedding invitation, then you have the courage to do so in person or by phone. Sending an informal text, email, or instant message is insensitive. Words on a screen cannot convey the compassion necessary to deliver the message. When it’s an indiscretion or something criminal, it’s difficult and there are two sides to a story. Yes, there are times when a person can be asked not to attend a wedding as the best solution.

Dear Ms. Etiquette Expert,

We don’t want guests to take pictures during the ceremony. How do we stop them from doing it without confiscating their phones?

Social Media-Free

Dear Social Studies,

While there are several steps that can be taken to reduce photos, no one can guarantee that Aunt Gertrude won’t snap a photo for your grandmother. So, consider the following steps to reduce the paparazzi in your circle:

1.     Host an electronics free wedding

2.     Post an announcement on your wedding website

  1. Include a note with the written invitation
  2. Decide against a wedding #hashtag
  3. Print a notice in the program
  4. Post a sign in your style similar to the following:

Welcome to our unplugged wedding. We invite you to be fully present during our ceremony. Please turn off all gadgets and enjoy the ceremony with us.

ATTEND

ATTEND

Looking to become more involved in the philanthropic world around you? Here are some of our favorite events that are happening across the state, compiled by our Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli, so what are you waiting for? Join in…

AUSTIN

November 1-3

Settlement Home For Children’s 44th Annual Garage and Estate Sale
SettlementHome.org

November 7

Past, Present and Pease
Pease Park Convservancy
PastPresentPease.org

November 7

Signature Chefs Auction
March of Dimes
MarchOfDimes.org

November 7-14

Christmas at Caswell House Austin Junior Forum
AustinJuniorForum.org

November 8

4th And Goal Gala
Darrell K. Royal Research Fund
DKRFund.org

November 8

Anyone Can Create A Gala
The Arc of the Capital Area
ARCAustin.org

November 14

Beauty of Life
Hospice Austin
HospiceAustin.org

November 14

 

Help Clifford Help Kids
The Clifford Antone Foundation
HelpCliffordHelpKids.org

November 16

SAFE Children’s Center Gala
The SAFE Alliance
SAFEAustin.org

November 16

Rags to Wags Gala
Austin Humane Society
AustinHumaneSociety.org

November 17

Paint the Town Pink
Elizabeth Ann Seton Board
SupportSeton.org

November 17

14th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala
Andy Roddick Foundation
ARFoundation.org

November 20-24

A Christmas Affair
Junior League of Austin
JLAustin.org

December 14

Dancing with the Stars Austin
Center for Child Protection
CenterForChildProtection.org

DALLAS

November 1

2019 Milestones Luncheon
Junior League of Dallas
JLD.net

November 1

Best of Broadway Gala
Dallas Summer Musicals
DallasSummerMusicals.org

November 2

Black Tie Dinner
BlackTie.org

November 2

Zoo To Do
Dallas Zoo
ZooToDo.DallasZoo.com

November 6

ReuNight
The Family Place
FamilyPlace.org

November 9

Art for Advocacy
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
DCAC.org

November 9

 

Big Black Tie Ball
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dallas
BBBSTX.org/Dallas

November 9

 

Night at the Museum: Ignite
Perot Museum
PerotMuseum.org

November 9

 

Fort Worth Margarita Ball
Children’s Charities of Fort Worth
FortWorthMargaritaSociety.com

November 14

34th Annual Texas Women’s Foundation Luncheon
Texas Women’s Foundation
TXWF.co

November 14

Lone Star Film Festival Gala
Lone Star Film Festival
LoneStarFilmFestival.com

November 15

2019 Night of Stars Gala
Fashion Group International
Dallas.FGI.org

November 16

Mad Scientist Ball
Fort Worth Museum of Science and Natural History
FWMuseum.org

November 21

2019 Awards for Excellence In Community Service
Dallas Historical Foundation
DallasHistory.org

December 3

Tutu Chic Fashion Show & Luncheon Texas Ballet Theatre
TexasBalletTheater.org

December 4

Hope for Humanity Luncheon
Dallas Holocaust Museum
DallasHolocaustMuseum.org

December 7

The Crystal Charity Ball
Big Brothers Big Sisters
CrystalCharityBall.org

HOUSTON

November 2

50th Anniversary Gala
John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Natural Science
TheHealthMuseum.org

November 4

Art of Conversation Luncheon
City ArtWorks
CityArtWorks.org

November 7

Catwalk Dinner and Fashion Show
A Shelter for Cancer Families
CancerFamilies.org

November 8

Jungle Book Gala
Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
BushHoustonLiteracy.org

November 9-16

Fashion for Good
FashionForGood.co

November 10

Fashion in the Fields
Recipe for Success
Recipe4Success.org

November 14

The Forum Luncheon
Texas Children’s Hospital
TexasChildrens.org

November 15

Una Notte In Italia
Houston Area Women’s Center
HAWC.org

November 15

True Blue Gala
Houston Police Foundation
HoustonPoliceFoundation.org

November 15

French Quarter Fete
Trees of Hope
TreesOfHopeHouston.org

November 15

Deck the Trees Alley Theatre
alleytheatre.org

November 16

An Evening For Potential
Big Brothers Big Sisters
BBBSTX.org/Houston/Events

November 16

Celebrity Paws Gala 2019
Citizens for Animal Protection
Cap4Pets.org

November 21

Black Tie Boxing
Throwdown Society
ThrowdownSociety.com

November 29

2019 Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon
Holocaust Museum Houston
HMH.org

December 4

Angel’s of Hope Luncheon and Fashion Presentation
Friends of Child Advocates
ChildAdvocates.org

December 7

18th Annual Houston Gala
Altus Foundation
HoustonGala.com

SAN ANTONIO

November 1

Dobie Dichos
9th Annual Texas Writers Event
GeorgeWestStoryFest.org

November 2

11th Annual Diwali Festival
AnujaSA.com

November 6-7

2019 Art Sale, Gala & After Party
Southwest School of Art
SWSchool.org/Gala

November 7

Best Night Ever Brighton Center
BrightonSA.org

November 7

2019 An Evening of Jazz
Transplants for Children
TFCSAtx.org

November 8

Zoobilation Ball
San Antonio Zoo
SAZoo.org

November 9

2019 Constellation of Stars Awards Gala
The S.A. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Foundation
SAWomensChamber.org

November 9-10

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival
Luminaria
LuminariaSA.org

November 23

Red & White Ball         Blood & Tissue Foundation

RedAndWhiteBallSA.org

November 29

Ford Holiday River Parade The Riverwalk
TheSanAntonioRiverwalk.com

December 12

Poinsettia Ball
Friends of Hospice San Antonio
FriendsOfHospiceSA.org

LITERARY PURSUITS

LITERARY PURSUITS

The best holiday books are ready to be given and received. We think our inveterate bibliophile Jake Gaines recommends the perfect ones for you or anyone on your holiday gift list.

ADRIAN: A LIFETIME OF MOVIE GLAMOUR, ART AND HIGH FASHION

By Leonard Stanley, Robin Adrian and Mark A. Vieira

Legendary MGM studio fashion designer Adrian is profiled in this visual celebration of the life and work of the man behind some of the most memorable fashions of Hollywood’s golden age. $65. At Rizzoli USA

GREAT ESCAPES: ITALY. THE HOTEL BOOK

By Angelika Taschen

In Italy, art and life are entwined. This visual journey offers glimpses of rural landscapes, high culture, and divine food; all spied through the doorways and windows of the country’s most stunning hotels. $60. At Taschen.

AXELVERVOORDT:PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS

By Michael Gardner

Axel Vervoordt incorporates nature, art, and timeless interiors to create living spaces that encourage self-reflection, inspiration, and happiness in 17 homes that will inspire your own spaces. $75. At Rizzoli USA.

DIOR: MOMENTS OF JOY

By Muriel Teodori

This elegant volume explores Dior’s long history of creativity, beauty and success through a celebration of one of our most profound emotions, joy. $85. At Rizzoli USA.

HENRY POOLE & CO. THE FIRST TAILOR OF SAVILE ROW

By James Sherwood

Known as the founding tailor of Savile Row, Henry Poole & Co. has dressed the world’s most important men and women for over two centuries. This book offers a unique window into an establishment at the very heart of nineteenth and twentieth-century public life. $50. At Thames & Hudson USA.

VILLAS AND GARDENS OF THE RENAISSANCE

By Lucia Impelluso

This stunning collection of photographs celebrates the excellence of the Italian Renaissance period through palaces and gardens built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries…in nine extraordinary locations. $49.95. At Rizzoli USA.

THE DIOR SESSIONS

Portraits by Nikolai von Bismarck. Tailored by Kim Jones

Known for slim silhouettes and precise tailoring, Dior Homme has long been a leading menswear label. In this new volume of exquisite portraits of celebrities and style influencers, the thoroughly contemporary style of the revered French fashion house has never looked cooler. $125. At Rizzoli USA

SKREBNESKI DOCUMENTED: 1948-2018

By Victor Skrebneski

This exquisite volume showcases a collection of raw, provocative portraits, nudes, and snapshots of quotidian life shot over the past seventy-years by one of photography’s greatest image-makers of all time. $150. At Rizzoli USA.com

MEXICAN STYLE

By Susana M. Vidal

With the most vibrant and original curation of images ever to be assembled and clever descriptions of the concepts that define its soul, this is a 360-degree exploration of this mythical and colorful country. $85. At Assouline.

MISSONI

By Missoni Archives

Lavishly designed, this comprehensive volume features reproductions of Missoni patterns printed on special material and stitched into the binding between signatures along with other unique features. $175. At Rizzoli USA.

AUTOFOCUS. THE CAR IN PHOTOGRAPHY

By Marta Weiss

This gorgeous volume spotlights today’s greatest dancers–from ballet to modern—dressed in clothing by today’s and yesterday’s most celebrated designers. Included are Dior, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Bill Blass, to name a few $75. At Rizzoli USA.

MAGNUM STREETWISE

By Magnum Photos and Stephen McLauren

This is the definitive collection of street photography from Magnum Photos and an unparalleled opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the true greats of the genre. An essential addition to the street photography canon, this volume showcases hidden gems alongside many of street photography’s most famous images. $39.95. At Thames & Hudson USA.

FLAVORS THAT FLOURISH

FLAVORS THAT FLOURISH

Fall into more fun, we say. Our editors Lesa Rossick in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio share their stellar statewide recommendations that are must-dines as the weather cools down.

AUSTIN

EVER EASTSIDE

La Corsha Hospitality Group has exceeded all expectations with the East Austin Hotel. Sixth and Waller, a counter style restaurant headed by Chef Jason Stude, offers a poolside bar and The Upside rooftop bar that are all perfect spots to relax with a cocktail and delicious eats. At EastAustinHotel.com

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT

Kyoten Sushiko, the beloved sushi spot, has been reopened into a more intimate, omakase-only restaurant. Enjoy a front-row experience as you watch your meal being prepared by the chef, down to the most intricate, delicious detail. At KyotenSushiko.com

ASIAN? SWEET.

Sugar Pine is the new, cheerful eatery that has arrived in North Austin with homemade ice cream, pastries, Onigiri, and so many appetizers. The delicious Bento Boxes are a great option…ranging from grilled salmon to Chicken Karaage. At SugarPineATX.com

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

IRISH SWEEPSTAKES

Cannon’s Corner Irish Pub is located inside one of Oak Cliff’s oldest and most historic buildings and offers diners a traditional Irish pub experience. Their menu features a wide range of items from hardy starters, sandwiches, and salads and a must-try traditional Irish stew. You can also enjoy a large selection of Irish beers with more than 25 on tap, 200 Irish whiskies and scotches. At CannonsIrishPub.com Photo by Kathy Tran

REALLY, IT’S SCIENCE

Beto & Son is the chef-inspired new generation of Mexican restaurant in Trinity Groves that has become quite a popular destination. With tableside-crated liquid Nitrogen margaritas, the fresh farm-to-table ingredients and the warm environment, it’s a spot to which you’ll want to return often. At BetoAndSon.com

NOW THAT’S ITALIAN

Recently opened in the Plaza at Preston Center, il Bracco offers a fresh take on classic Italian dishes with everything made from scratch including breads, pastas, and sauces. The fresh fish is delivered daily and all proteins are butchered on-site and offered on an impressively high quality, crave-able and everyday accessible menu. The chic, but comfortable environment with excellent service and hospitality is a core emphasis At IlBraccoRestaurant.com

HOUSTON

LOCH IT IN

Located in the heart of River Oaks District, Loch Bar is Atlas Restaurant Group’s classic seafood tavern with a speakeasy twist. It serves oceanic dishes synonymous with Houston’s cuisine and curates one of the city’s largest raw bars. In addition to offering a wide selection of local craft beers and handcrafted cocktails, the beverage program centers around one of the city’s largest whiskey lists. At LochBar.com

HUSTLE YOUR BUSTLE

Houston insiders know what a gem Nancy’s Hustle is. Burgers with English muffins instead of a bun? Yes, please. It’s a modern bistro and wine bar on Houston’s east side. With simple fare in mind, they like butter, natural wine, cider, and cocktails that pair well with food. At NancysHustle.com

HEAVENS TO BETSY’S

Located inside the beloved Yellow House at the southwest corner of Evelyn’s Park in the Bellaire neighborhood, Betsy’s offers not only fast casual dining, but also features outdoor grill nights, movies on the lawn, pop up events, and unique workshops.  At BetsysBellaire.com

SAN ANTONIO

CLEAN CUISINE

Founded by Chef Elizabeth Johnson, Pharm Table is the mastermind behind what is arguably the only anti-inflammatory restaurant of its kind. Pharm Table embodies its anti-inflammatory menu with the amazing ability to traverse the nuances of today’s fad diets but also deliver the staying power of centuries-old cultural diets like Ayurvedic and Blue Zones. At PharmTable.com

BREAD WINNERS

Brothers José and David Cáceres’ passion for baking at La Panadería began when they were young boys selling their mother, Doña Josefina’s fresh baked bread on the streets of Mexico City. Eventually they took over their mother’s homegrown business and started baking on a larger scale, supplying bread and pan dulce for businesses throughout Mexico. After finding success in Mexico, the brothers realized they wanted to get back to the basics, and decided to bring their passion for bread culture to Texas. At LaPanaderia.com

THAT’S AMORE

Located in both Olmos Park and on San Antonio’s North Side, Pesto Ristorante was recently opened by Chef Alejandro Santoyo, who mastered his craft for 18 years in the kitchen of local favorite, Paesano’s restaurant. The restaurant, aptly named for Chef Alex Santoyo’s love of European cuisines, is primarily focused on  Italian cuisine. The perfected recipes crafted with pesto have infused native Mexican flavors with tastes that evoke his own authentic flare. At Pesto-Ristorante.com