APPETIZINGLY ALLURING

APPETIZINGLY ALLURING

We’re all frequenting restaurants again with great fervor, and there are plenty of new, beautiful spaces to try, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin, Houston and San Antonio and Houston) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas).

AUSTIN

So Well Done Austin Salad

NEW BLUE

Located inside the Origin Hotel Austin in Mueller, Blue Lacy is an all-day eatery that offers a new take on American classics. Top items on the menu include Chicken N’ Waffle Kabobs, avocado toast bruschetta, and pecan pie. The pet-friendly space even has menu offerings served in dog bowls for your favorite four-legged friends  so they can enjoy them too. At BlueLacyAustin.com.

The Lolo Austin Texas wine bar

ALWAYS ROOM FOR CHAMPAGNE

The new 7th Floor of the Fairmont Hotel, Room 725, Champagne & Caviar, is the perfect place for a first date or popping the question. The menu features a wide selection of caviar, including a vegan option, and other light bitessuch as Foie Gras, Lobster Claws, and Jamin Iberico. Order champagne by the bottle, by the glass, or as a flight to find your perfect pairing. At Fairmont-Austin.com/Room725.

Rebel Cheese Austin Texas

REST ON YOUR LAUREL

Laurel, located in the new Hotel Viata in Westlake, is Italian with a Texas twist by utilizing ingredients from the Texas Hill Country. The curated menu features something for everyone, with the Impossible Meatballs, gnocchi, Chicken Osso Bucco, and Mediterranean Risotto being must-trys. Cap off the dinner by cozying up to the bar for a nightcap or a glass of wine al fresco on the terrace. At ViataAustin.com.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH

pastry from La Tarte Tropézienne dallas texas

FOR STEAK’S SAKE

STK Steakhouse recently opened on McKinney Avenue in Uptown, in the former Perry’s Steakhouse location. They promise vibe dining at its finest, with premium dry-aged steak, world-famous cocktails, and music from renowned DJs. For high-end steak aficionados, STK has three Japanese Wagyu options, a variety of oysters, pastas, and various sides. At STKSteakhouse.com.

Georgie Dallas Restaurant

ALLURING AL FRESCO

Escondido boasts the largest patio in Preston Hollow and a menu that features family-friendly Tex-Mex classic favorites such as nachos, tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Enjoy 12 varieties of margaritas, Mexican-inspired cocktails, select Mexican beers, and a small yet curated wine menu. At EscondidoDallas.com.

Food from Rise & Thyme Dallas tTexas

HANDCRAFTED & MIGHTY

The keyword at OAK’D BBQ is elevated. The Wagyu and prime beef are the standards, alongside ribs, brisket, smoked turkey and chicken, and a wide variety of side dishes. An in-house pastry chef creates homemade desserts, ice cream, and biscuits. Look for the second OAK’D location in the old Chamberlain’s Seafood space on Beltline Rd. in Addison this February. At OakdBBQ.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

IN THE NAVY

Newly opened in Rice Village, Navy Blue offers modern American seafood featuring such culinary delights as Blackened Red Snapper with Ahi Amarillo, Linguini Vongole, and Swordfish Au Poivre with Green Peppercorn sauce. The 110-seat dining room includes organic elements, such as a series of long tables separated by white oak partition spines, creating an elegant yet warm dining experience. At NavyBlueRestaurant.com.

Chocolate Crepe Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café

READY FOR PRIMETIME

Gatsby’s Prime Seafood is the latest restaurant by the team behind Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse. The menu features ocean-based dishes that are brought in fresh daily with the New Bedford Scallops, Sea Bass, and an awe-inspiring Seafood Tower among the most popular. Pair any of these with wine from the global yet curated wine list or enjoy a pre-Prohibition style cocktail. At GatsbySeafood.com.  

Adair Restaurant Houston

HAVANA’S NIGHTS

The hottest new night space in Texas is Benjamin Berg’s latest concept, Emilia’s Havana.  Inspired by the 1950’s Havana club scene, this reservation-only, 50-seat lounge offers two 2-hour seatings (8:00 PM and 10:30 PM) on Wednesday through Saturday nights. Each seating features bottle service, an elevated wine list, and yummy post-dinner bites with elegant bossa nova music playing in the background. The house DJ spins on Friday and Saturday nights from 12:30 AM-2:00 AM, so you can dance the night away in style. Reservations available at EmiliasHavana.com.

SAN ANTONIO

Salad from Jardin San Antonio

MODERN SOUTHERN

Restaurant Claudine’s recently opened in an incredibly chic, fully renovated classic bungalow in Government Hill, serving delectable Modern Southern cuisine, making it the ideal space for a romantic dinner. Must-try items include Corn Bread with Smoked Wallflower Butter, Heirloom Salad with Seed and Pistachio Crumble, Shrimp Gumbo, and Short Ribs. At RestaurantClaudine.com

Los Azulejos San Antonio

TEQUILA LOUNGE

Located inside the Hotel Valencia, Naranja Tequila and Mezcal Bar features the only tequila bar on San Antonio’s Riverwalk. Naranja also features a small plates menu, including Mexican Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas and Queso Fundido that perfectly complement their robust tequila offerings. The bar and lounge also feature live music from the  Naranja Latin Jazz band for additional ambiance. At HotelValencia-Riverwalk.com.  

Sandwich Best Quality Daughter San Antonio

SHOP ’TIL YOU EAT

Mariposa, located inside the Neiman Marcus store at La Cantera, is the perfect place to have an elegant post-shopping meal. The menu offers a great mix of salads, sandwiches, and classic fare, all of which pair well with a curated wine list. Make sure to start any meal with one of their delicious popovers, which you can also have delivered to your home if you crave one. At NeimanMarcus.com.  

BORN TO BE WILD

BORN TO BE WILD

Want to harken back to the speed of yesteryear? The Janus Halcyon 450cc motorcycle is like a trip down memory lane, with a path to the future, according to our luxe automobile enthusiast, Michael Satterfield of TheGentlemanRacer.com

Photography by Lucas Kepner

Up until now, Janus Motorcycles, for me, have just been a concept. A modern, bespoke, USA-made motorcycle that looks straight out of the 1930s? Sign me up. Since you can’t just walk into a dealership and test-ride one, I have always wondered if it would live up to the hype and the $15,000 price tag. Currently, the only way to purchase a Janus is directly from their Goshen, Indiana headquarters.

It is a big ask for an upstart motorcycle brand to start pricing at $15,000 for a Halcyon 450cc motorcycle when a Royal Enfield Classic 350 is just $4,599, and a Triumph Bonneville starts at $12,000. But unlike the mass-produced bikes, every Janus motorcycle is hand built in Indiana by a small team, and buyers can custom tailor the bike to fit their own vision. I built one using their online build tool, which came out to $17,220 with the optional extras I chose. This is in the price range of a very nice BMW R nineT, Ducati Scrambler, and other high-end motorcycles with much greater power.

The only bike I have ridden that can be compared to the Halcyon 450cc is a 1920s Indian Scout, not in the ride quality or power, but in the way the bike makes you feel, with its squared-off tank, swept-back handlebars, and upright seating position. The 450cc can feel like a bike from the 20s or 30s, but without  the hassle of priming a carburetor, adjusting the spark, and kickstarting. Instead, you get an electric starter, a modern 5-speed transmission, and electronic fuel injection. Stopping is easier, too, so there are no sketchy 100-year-old drum brakes. Instead, Brembo discs can be found on the front and rear.The bike is nimble, thanks mainly to it being lightweight.

At just 345 lbs., it weighs just 29 lbs. more than a Vespa GTS 250 and nearly 200 lbs. less than a Harley Davidson Sportster 883. The seating position is comfortable, with all the switches and buttons where you would expect to find them. The bike always feels incredibly balanced. While it might look 100 years old, the modern suspension makes riding a pure joy, and with a claimed 90mph top speed, the 450 is a bike you can ride anywhere. The engine and exhaust make you feel more connected to the bike and ride. So, there is plenty of power for running around town, and if I had a chance, I would be more than comfortable taking it on a cross-country road trip.

The Halcyon 450 is a major upgrade from the original small displacement bike that started the company back in 2011. In 2015, Janus introduced a 250cc version of the Halcyon, which gave the bike a top speed of 70mph. Janus also would introduce the Phoenix 250, a cafe racer-inspired bike, and the Gryffin 250, a scrambler-style bike. However, the Phoenix will be discontinued this year after just seventy-nine were built. The Gryffin 250 starts at $9,200, and the Halcyon 250 starts at $8,800, making it the least expensive Janus motorcycle you can buy, but the 450cc is the bike to have as it gives you the freedom to ride anywhere.

The Janus Motorcycle Halcyon 450 is certainly something I like having in my garage. It transports you to another era without worrying about the problems that come with riding an antique bike. It looks the part, is amazing to ride, and sadly at some point, it will be picked up by the company and taken back to its owner. For more information or to configure your own Halcyon, visit JanusMotorcycles.com.

For more on the jacket, gloves, and gear I am wearing in this shoot, visit https://www.thegentlemanracer.com/2022/11/2022-holiday-gift-guide.html

CULTURALLY CURATED

CULTURALLY CURATED

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy across the state during this bright, brisk New Year.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

LITHE LIKE THE WIND

Ballet Austin brings together a luxurious trio of works in Sarah’s Songs. From the beauty of Balanchine’s iconic Serenade to the dynamic energy and vivid colors of Jessica Lang’s Garden Blue to a World Premiere by Stephen Mills. It’s truly a dance lover’s treat. February 10-12. At BalletAustin.org.

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

PAPER TRAIL

Medieval X Modern presents the work of modern artists from Europe and the Americas who created prints, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, sculptures, and decorative objects informed by the spectacular craftsmanship and compelling historical figures of the Middle Ages. Through July 9. At BlantonMuseum.org

Texas Gold Changed the World

BAD HAIR DAY? SKIP THIS BARBER

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is the dark, brooding, yet sharply comic story of love, revenge, and meat pies. In his multiple Tony© Award-winning musical, the late and much-beloved Stephen Sondheim created what many call the grand American opera of the late 20th-century. January 28–February 5. At AustinOpera.org.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

SUCH A SCENE

Charles Truett Williams: The Art of the Scene examines the Fort Worth mid-century art scene through the presentation of more than 30 works by Fort Worth artist Charles Truett Williams and the artistic community drawn to his studio salon. Through May 7. At CarterMuseum.org.

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

MASTERPIECE MOVEMENTS

Texas Ballet Theater presents Modern Masterpieces, featuring three different pieces. In Bartok, playful motifs and intriguing backdrops set the stage for a ravishing neoclassical ballet. Image portrays the arc of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic life in a one-woman performance. And, Imbue is modern and minimalistic. February 24 ̶26. At TexasBalletTheater.org.

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

IN GOOD COMPANY

Internationally acclaimed Karina Canellakis returns to the Meyerson stage to bring us Dvořák’s orchestral poem, The Wood Dove. Also on the program, Randall Goosby, the fast-rising 25-year-old star violinist, joins the Dallas Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major. DSO musicians perform Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra highlights. January 27–29. At DallasSymphony.org.

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, HELLO NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

From Rocket Man to Piano Man, the iconic hits of two classic rock legends come alive in this special concert. Piano-and-vocal talent Michael Cavanaugh ̶ handpicked by Billy Joel to recreate his music in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out  ̶ delivers an electrifying performance. January 6 ̶ 8. At  HoustonGrandOpera.org.

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

A FOREVER HOME

A FOREVER HOME

The Menil Collection presents Art of the Cameroon Grassfields, A Living Heritage in Houston, an exhibition celebrating the enduring artistic traditions of this mountainous and verdant region. The show will present more than 20 historical works from Houston-based museums and private collections. February 17–July 9. At Menil.org.

ON IMAGE: Hervé Youmbi, Panther, 2019. One of the five thrones from Celestial Thrones, 2019. Courtesy of his majesty Fo Gabriel Ndjiemeni, the artist, and Axis Gallery, NY. © Hervé Youmbi

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

BY CHANCE, A LITTLE ROMANCE

Few operas have as much comedic energy as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Tony© Award-winning director Michael Grandage’s production of the boisterous rom-com re-sets the class consciousness to the late ‘60s Francoist Spain. The bright colors and costumes evoke the Moroccan influence, ensuring an unforgettable evening. January 13–28. At HoustonGrandOpera.org.

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

WONDERFULLY WICKED

In the McNay Art Museum’s exhibition Something Wicked, Susan Hilferty Costumes showcases dresses, accessories, and more. Susan Hilferty wowed Broadway with her Wicked costume designs, winning the 2004 Tony© Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical. Through March 26. At McNayArt.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Costume drawing design for Ozians in Wicked, Susan Hilferty; Courtesy of the artist.

 

ON IMAGE: Costume design for Ozians in Wicked, Susan Hilferty; Courtesy of the artist.

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

IT’S TIME TO TANGO

In this sensual and seductive piece, Maria De Buenos Aires, the story of a tango-obsessed prostitute born on a day “when God was drunk,” will knock you over with its powerful storytelling and singing. Don’t miss this immersive experience as the Alvarez is turned into a gritty nightclub with cocktail table packages, bar service, and tango dancers creating a passionate atmosphere. February 10 ̶ 11. At OperaSA.org.

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

JUST GIVE ME A LITTLE…

R.E.S.P.E.C.T is an electrifying tribute celebrating the music of the legendary Aretha Franklin. The concert features all your favorite hits, including Natural Woman, Think, Respect, and many more. January 21. At SanAntonio.Broadway.com.

SOULMATE SEEKING

SOULMATE SEEKING

We all want someone in our lives that we connect with and who “gets us” the way we want to be seen and heard. That’s a soulmate, and our Austin-based Resonance Repatternist, Mary Schneider, reveals what it means, and how to find one.

SOUL POWER

Soulmate? Is there really such a being? There are many ways to look at this concept, and probably everyone has their own definition. There is also a significant amount of scientific research suggesting the very real existence of soulmates. In fact, there are even different types of soulmates. Who knew?

 

Historically, I scoffed at the idea of a soulmate. A former spiritual teacher alluded to the idea of a ‘soulmate’ being antithetical to wholeness. The theory is that we are whole in and of ourselves and do not need another to complete or enhance who we are. I have adopted this explanation. However, after my research, my mind cracked open a bit. Leonard Cohen writes in his song, Anthem, “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” It turns out soulmates are a lovely, healthy construct.

 

One common thread most writers agree upon is that a person can have more than one soulmate. Life-long romance is not a qualification. In fact, we have many soulmates. In her article, What Is a Soulmate–And How to Know if You’ve Found Yours, Christine Coppa writes about all the different types of Soulmates. There are Romantic Soulmates, Soul Partners, Karmic Soulmates, Companion Soulmates, Kindred Soulmates, and Soul Contracts.

 

At my high school reunion this past summer, I encountered a Soul Partner. This was unknown to me at the time. A Soul Partner is a rare individual one hasn’t set eyes on in (in my case) decades. When reunited, time, distance, and separation melt away. The connection is deep and somehow feels permanent. Friends can also be soulmates, as we certainly know. This is known as the Companion Soulmate. Coppa describes it this way: “Friends are an essential part of our lifetime journey, and those of the soulmate type help us laugh when we’re in pain, nurture us when we’re suffering, flow with us when we’re riding high, challenge us to be real, love us with our warts, and never abandon us in anger. And we do the same with them.”

 

SENSE OF SOULFULNESS

Amir Levine, MD, in his Washington Post article, Are Soulmates Real? concurs. He writes, “We’re all born with the brain neurocircuitry to see another person as more special than anyone else.” The fact that we can replicate this experience over and over is why we can have more than one soulmate.

 

He continues, “Biologically speaking, close friendships are a type of soulmate too. We know that close friends have similar brain patterns. A study this year found that close friends smell more alike than people who didn’t form close relationships. We look at someone, smell them, and they just make sense to us.” Yes, it all comes down to the sense of smell–as is customary in the animal kingdom.

 

In addition to smell, there are some psychological reasons for being drawn to a person. Many people are attracted to people like their parents. This could lead to a positive connection if the parental relationship was loving and supportive. However, if the parental bond was a painful and traumatic attraction, then a soulmate is not necessarily there. Much of this is not a conscious choice, as it originates on the subconscious level. Sometimes people will declare, “I feel like I have known them all my life.” They have. This realization can lead to deep healing and breaking of stubborn, painful patterns in relationships.

A family and marital psychotherapist, Dr. Michael Tobin is an expert on soulmates. He has over 40 years of experience in this field and is the creator of WholeFamily.com. In his article, How to Know You’ve Met Your Soulmate, he implies that the soulmate relationship is not co-dependent. Co-dependence infers a certain inherent neediness, which does not present in a soulmate connection. Unlike a co-dependent bond, feelings and needs are expressed between soulmates.

He explains, The best universal definition of a soulmate is feeling deeply connected to another person but not in a dependent or needy way. The guiding principle in a relationship between soulmates is that needs are equally met because a soulmate relationship should challenge you to move from selfishness to giving.”

In this context, a relationship with a soulmate is healthy, balanced, and loving. It isn’t about not being a whole person. The point is to assist one another in becoming whole. It’s beautiful, deep, and mysterious. Soulmates aspire to unity. It’s also very meaningful–the kind of relationship everyone wants in their life.

TO TOME, WITH LOVE

TO TOME, WITH LOVE

These new tomes in the new year are ripe with the anticipation of more style, more art, and more wisdom, according to our ardent bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan.

CHARLOTTE MOSS FLOWERS

W MAGAZINE: Fifty Years Fifty Stories
By Sara Moonves

Here’s the definitive collection of the Ws most iconic and boundary-pushing photographic stories, published over the magazine’s 50-year history. Since its founding, the W has worked with the world’s best photographers and writers, celebrating their most ambitious and creative work.

$75. At RizzoliUSA.com.

THE AMERICAN THEATRE 1962-2002
As Seen By Al Hirschfeld

With something for every type of theatergoer, this is the book theater lovers have been waiting for. Now, for the first time, nearly 300 Hirschfeld drawings are collected in one volume that shows and tells the story of nearly a half-century of the American Theatre.

$60. At AlHirschfeldFoundationShop.org.

DESIGNING INTERIORS
THE BEAUTY BRIEF

THE HOUSE OF A LIFETIME: A COLLECTOR’S JOURNEY IN TANGIER
By Umberto Pasti, Ngoc Minh Ngo

Set in a lush garden, the house offers glimpses of the serene landscapes and fountains through windows, archways, and loggias. Pasti’s scholarly collection of tiles and rare textiles from Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Europe are also pictured.

$65. At RizzoliUSA.com.

RED CARPET OSCARS
By Dijanna Mulhearn

The OscarsÒ red carpet is so much more than fabulous gowns on famous people. It reflects the styles and values of each era and has become a highly-visible platform for making social statements. Here is the perfect book to capture all the glitz and glam.

$70. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

INVITING INTERIORS
FASHION IN THE 90S

WILLIAM KLEIN: YES
By William Klein, David Campany

Photographer. Filmmaker. Artist. Designer. With over 250 images, this career retrospective explores the late William Klein’s unprecedented artistic and creative arc. A must for anyone who loves tremendous talent.

$95. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

KEN SCOTT
By Ken Scott

Known for his bright floral patterns, the American fashion designer Ken Scott followed a maximalist design philosophy when it came to his vibrant collections (as recently re-discovered in Gucci’s Epilogue capsule). Scott’s propensity for blossoms earned him the moniker “the gardener of fashion.”

$125. At RizzoliUSA.com.

MID-CENTURY TRIM WHITE BORDER
ISLAND WHIMSY

RECLAIMED
By Penny Craswell

Every home in this eye-opening volume showcases design ingenuity and award-winning architecture. Spotlighting 24 unique houses and apartments and showing what can be achieved with creativity and flair, clever design becomes more closely aligned with ethics and sustainability.

$45. At  ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

PORTUGAL
By The Editors Of Monocle

A handbook in feel and tone, readers will discover favorite places to stay, eat, and shop; explore the country’s rich culture, architecture, and beaches; and take in the history of Portugal’s vibrant visual identity and the folks at the heart of it all.

$45. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

MID-CENTURY TRIM WHITE BORDER

NEW & NOW

NEW & NOW

With everyone back to loving the in-person dining experience, there are plenty of new, beautiful venues to try, as well as favorites to try again, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin, Houston, and San Antonio) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas).

AUSTIN

So Well Done Austin Salad

ESTE NEW HOT SPOT

The team behind Austin’s popular restaurant Suerte has opened its latest concept at the site of the former Eastside Cafe. Este offers a delectable array of fresh seafood offerings through their close relationships with premier fishmongers, coastal Mexican cuisine, and charcoal cooking.

At EsteATX.com.

The Lolo Austin Texas wine bar

SAVOR EVERY SECOND

Second Bar + Kitchen has recently opened its latest location in the East Austin Hotel. With its delectable array of Modern American cuisine paired perfectly with the craft cocktail menu, the restaurant also features a patio perfect for a Texas-sized brunch al fresco.

At SecondBarKitchen.com

Rebel Cheese Austin Texas

HAKATA RAMEN

San Francisco-based Marufuku Ramen has recently opened its second-ever Texas location. A highlight of the menu is the Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen featuring milky and unami-rich broth and ultra-thin artisanal noodles that perfectly complement the broth and Cha-shu made from specially curated pork. Additionally, it features a variety of mini-sized rice bowls, izakaya-style appetizers, premium beer, and sake.

At MarufukuRamen.com.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH

pastry from La Tarte Tropézienne dallas texas

CHI-TOWN INSPO

Known for its Chicago-inspired, classic American cuisine, D.L. Mack’s recently opened its second location in Preston Hollow. Mack’s blends the approachable, all-occasion feel of its sister concept, Hudson House, with its own distinctly unique Chicago-inspired backdrop. The menu features classic American cuisine by way of carefully sourced purveyors with an emphasis on house-made ingredients.

At DLMacks.com.

Georgie Dallas Restaurant

LIKE A GODDESS

Dea, an upscale Italian spot serving steaks, fish, and homemade pasta is the latest concept from famed restaurateurs Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun. Dea translates to goddess in Italian and the food is indeed heavenly. Diners will experience a transformed space, which draws aesthetic inspiration from the Italian coast. Don’t miss the very Insta-worthy flower goddess mural outside painted by Dallas artist Alli K.

At Dea-Dallas.com.

Food from Rise & Thyme Dallas tTexas

IVY GREEN

When The Ivy Tavern opened, it quickly became a neighborhood staple for cocktails, craft beer, and tasty bar fare. It boasts one of the best patios in Dallas, dotted with gorgeous shade trees strung with lights, table and community bar seating, and a fireplace. With an elevated stage for live music and DJs, and a variety of entertaining games such as large Jenga blocks, Connect 4, pool, and darts, one can pick your pleasure.

TheIvyTavern.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

Ciel, named after the French word for sky, is the latest creation of Executive Chef Joseph Geiskopf, whose résumé includes stints at iconic Napa Valley-based establishments, French Laundry and Vespertine. Located at the axis of Uptown and River Oaks, the creative, sustainable menu features a fusion of French and Japanese cuisines.

At CielHTx.com.

Chocolate Crepe Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café

AN EYE ON FOOD

Mexico City-based Ojo de Agua recently opened its first Texas location. The vibrant and holistic menu features scrumptious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Must-try items include lobster grilled cheese, acai bowl, and avocado truffle toast. Pair it with one of Ojo de Agua’s wine-based fruit cocktails or a mimosa mixed with a variety of juice options.

At Facebook.com.

Adair Restaurant Houston

FLAVOR FUSION

Combining the very best of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, Pacha Nikkei recently opened its first Nikkei concept restaurant. The seafood-focused menu features multiple ceviche options including a delectable lobster ceviche, Pulop a la Parrilla. The menu also includes Nikkei sushi rolls, which add Peruvian and South American flavors to the Japanese classic. Pair with an array of Japanese and Peruvian spirits.

At PachaNikkei.com.

SAN ANTONIO

Salad from Jardin San Antonio

PITA PLENTY

Ladino is a new Mediterranean restaurant located in the Pearl. They use a wood fire oven to make delectable Middle Eastern and Balkan dishes featuring freshly made pita, coal charred eggplant dip, Jerusalem mix, and meat dumplings in yogurt. They also offer a fresh take on Agristada, which is a Sephardic fish in a lemon and egg sauce.

At LadinoSATX.com.

Los Azulejos San Antonio

SLICE OF WONDER

The Pearl’s newest pizza place is so hot it’s retro cool. A nod to the heyday of neighborhood pizza joints, WonderSlice pizza offers all the classics one seeks when enjoying the ultimate comfort food. The menu includes classic and specialty pizzas, homemade subs, salads, soft serve ice cream, and of course, pizza by the slice for those on the go.

At WonderSlicePizza.com.

Sandwich Best Quality Daughter San Antonio

WINE AND DINE

Pharm Table in Southtown is an Apothecary Kitchen that features globally inspired locally sourced food, botanical cocktails, and a highly curated 27-bottle wine list. New to the menu is “Wine Wednesdays” a tasting that pairs small bites with approachable wines around a specific theme such as female winemakers, a varietal, or a specific region.

At PharmTable.com.