NOW TRY THIS

NOW TRY THIS

With springtime, our appetites for something new are renewed, aren’t yours? Join our editors Lesa Rossick in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their stellar statewide recommendations that are must-dines as the weather turns sunnier.

AUSTIN

IT’S A TEN

The new, modern Japanese restaurant, TenTen, recently opened downtown with fixtures made of stone and black walnut and art by Ysabel Lemay. The menu includes delicious, elevated dishes such as Hamachi Carpaccio with freshly, shaved truffle and Japanese centric cocktails in the hub of downtown. At TenTenAustin.com.

Photo by Letitia Smith

STRUT YOUR STYLE

The new Proper hotel has arrived in the hub of downtown, including Goldie’s cocktail lounge and the Peacock restaurant. In a vibrant interior and cozy patio atmosphere, bright and fresh Mediterranean dishes are served, such as Red Snapper Crudo to tempt your taste buds. At ProperHotel.com.

POWER DUO

The power team behind Emmer & Rye has opened a new restaurant and adjacent bar, with a cool European vibe like this city, has never seen before. Hestia focuses on live-fire meals while the bar, Kalimotxo, gives an experience with Spanish wine and cocktails. Both combine for a fun evening that you won’t soon forget. At KalixmotoATX.com.

Photo by Julia Keim

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

AVO GOOD DAY

Avo Eatery is the new source for culinary innovation and avocados from Mexico reign supreme.. The menu offers tantalizing American dishes with a fresh avocado twist. The decor features light wood accents and lush greenery meant toresemble an avocado grove. At AvoEatery.com.

THE COMEBACK KID

This iconic Uptown Tex-Mex restaurant shuttered in 2013 but has recently reopened in a modernized new space with a spacious outdoor patio. While the menu features mouth-watering dishes, fans of the original restaurant will be happy to find Primo’s legendary margaritas still on the menu alongside contemporary cocktails. As an added bonus, the restaurant will offer late-night eats on weekends. At PrimosUptown.com.

COCK-A-DOODLE-WHO?

Opening mid-March, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar will be a house of worship to farm-fresh ingredients, a hailed bourbon selection, and top-notch hospitality while serving up a fresh, inventive take on classic, regional Southern fare. The fan-favorite brunch with all the fixings will be dished up on the weekends. The décor draws inspiration from contemporary industrial details and the communal aspects of southern dining with lush indoor and outdoor seating. At RunChickenRun.com.

HOUSTON

INDIAN PASSAGE

No passport required for the culinary journey that you will experience at Musaafer. Located in Uptown’s business district, it specializes in authentic Indian cuisine with a contemporary flair, and the menu features classic Indian dishes served in an avant-garde presentation referencing opulent palaces and Spice markets of ancient India. At MusaaferHouston.com.

 

EXOTIC ALLURE

Loosely translated as “to Eat Well” Kin Dee is opening in the Market at the Heights and features a vibrant 2,500-square foot interior that skews contemporary with
custom furnishings. Inspired by a lifetime of culinary and culturally immersed travel throughout Thailand, Srasrisuwan, and Leotkhamfu guests will be taken on a culinary journey with authentic dishes showcasing regional and Royal Thai Family recipes. At KinDeeThaiCuisine.com.

WINE + CULINARY

The new Mutiny Wine Room boasts a boutique wine program, centered on the proprietors’ wine-country relationships, that comes to life in a Napa Valley-inspired space built from the ground up in Houston’s historic Heights neighborhood. Plus, the culinary program is based on freshness and seasonality in the wine-country culinary style. At MutinyWineRoom.com.

SAN ANTONIO

BE YOUR OWN MAVERICK

Situated in the historic Lockwood National Bank building downtown, Maverick Whiskey’s second-floor restaurant and bar offers unique cuisine and cocktails crafted with extraordinary taste. With lunch and dinner menus updated seasonally, Maverick Whiskey offers fresh recipes inspired by the season with choices from an assortment of entrees, such as colorfully tossed salads and savory southern-inspired plates. At MaverickWhiskey.com.

IN WITH THE OUTLAWS

A cozy kitchen in the heart of historic Alta Vista, Outlaw Kitchens is an enchantingly inviting neighborhood café where they offer a nightly dinner of the chef’s choosing. Elevated farm-to-table cuisine with a rotating pre-fixed menu and an intimate atmosphere that feels like a dinner party makes for a memorable experience with every visit. Add wine and beer and friendly cheer to the perfect recipe that is this quaint, unique eatery, and it’s no surprise that it has quickly become a local favorite. At OutlawKitchens.com.

SOUTHERN CHARMED

An intriguing, southern-inspired destination for relaxing suppers, slow weekend brunching or a meeting hub for business lunches and happy hour, Ida Claire has opened a San Antonio location across from the Quarry that is drawing foodies from all around town. Our favorite feature? Outdoor seating in a whimsically decorated air stream that’s picture-perfect for Instagram enthusiasts. At Ida-Claire.com.

NEIGHBORLY & NOTEWORTHY

NEIGHBORLY & NOTEWORTHY

In wintertime, our appetites change to embrace hardier fare. 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 remains cool.

AUSTIN

ELEVATED, MEET CASUAL

A new restaurant where sports bar casual meets elevated American food that is served in a chic, cozy environment. Whether you’re craving a shaved kale salad or a family-style steak meal, this chef-driven menu will make your taste buds dance. At ProvisionAustin

FLYING HIGH

It might be the perfect meal in between flights. The Austin airport is hopping, with local restaurants opening everywhere. Chef Shawn Cirkiel recently launched airport locations of Jugo, a healthy juice bar along with their flagship restaurant, Parkside. You can begin your vacation before you even depart for your flight. At ParksideProjects.com

Photo by Richard Casteel

LET’S GO EAST

Oseyo, a modern Korean restaurant in East Austin, was a vision of owner, Lynn Miller, who dreamed of opening a restaurant where her gluten-free daughter could enjoy their traditional family meals. Vibrant and bright, these dishes will capture your heart. At OseyoAustin.com

Photo courtesy of Ink Fingers

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

GO WITH THE FLOW

With just 70 seats, Ebb & Flow’s intimate interior features a garden of ivy and flowers, striking tile, velvet booths, brass snake accents, and eye-catching chandeliers. When there’s a game on, you can be sure that Ebb & Flow will be showing it on one of six large-screen TVs. In the kitchen, consulting Chef Rodman Shields has created an eclectic menu, and behind the bar, Whitney Roushey has concocted a cocktail menu that is playful, colorful and draws inspiration from the garden patio. At EbbAndFlowTX.com

LET’S ENJOY THE CHINA

Located in The Statler Hotel, Fine China recently rolled out new menus broadly drawing on influences throughout Asia, along with a revamped vibe and chic new restaurant design enhancements. The restaurant now offers sushi and sashimi in addition to its variety of lunch and dinner offerings. In addition to new items across the board on the culinary side, there is a variety of new signature cocktails, sakes, and wines. At FineChinaDallas.com

RAT PACK FLASHBACK

Inspired by the old school, classic hangouts of Los Angeles, Drake’s energetic, steak-forward concept offers a vintage Old Hollywood feel, where  everything is centered around a large circular bar with dim mood lighting and red interiors. A stage hosts programming  such as live jazz on Thursday nights, and a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights. Along with great cocktails inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel, Drake’s menu purveys steakhouse vibes at neighborhood prices. At DrakesDallas.com

HOUSTON

CLUB MED

Swell and swanky, the new Safina restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel – Medical Center, pays homage to the Mediterranean’s rich history of mercantilism, craftsmanship, and innovation by creating wellness-driven food for today’s mindful eater. From rich, creamy hummus to fresh, succulent fish prepared in true Mediterranean fashion, their chefs allow the amazing flavors of food and drink to sing. At SafinaHouston.com

LUXE MIXOLOGY

Hotel Alessandra is among the best hotels in the city with its elegant accommodations and modern amenities that offer a new level of luxury for discerning business and leisure travelers.  While there, mix it up with friends and co-workers at Lucienne’s, with regularly scheduled cocktail classes. The thematic offerings provide a fun, intimate, and hands-on opportunity to perfect bar skills while learning about the history of spirits and iconic special drinks. At Hotel Alessandra-Houston.com

Photo by Ralph Smith.

THAT ITALIAN SOUL

The hot, new 145-seat restaurant, Rosalie Italian Soul, is located in downtown’s C. Baldwin Hotel, named after Charlotte Baldwin Allen, known as the “Mother of Houston.” The menu features classic red-sauce dishes reminiscent of lessons Chef Chris Cosentino learned from his great-grandmother, as well as his own interpretations. The delectable pastas are made fresh daily, and a pizza oven is a focal point of the space. At RosalieItalianSoul.com

Photo by Julie Soefer.

SAN ANTONIO

SET TO JET

Jet-Setter, a new mid-century modern, international lounge, has opened its doors on Houston Street in the heart of downtown San Antonio, welcoming worldly jet-setters visiting the Alamo City and locals alike. Just across the street from the Majestic and Empire Theatres, this sleek new spot is the perfect perch for a pre or post-show sip. At Jet-SetterSa.com

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EVENTFUL ENDEAVOR

Biga on the Banks, Chef/Owner Bruce Auden’s  familiar downtown dining staple that sits atop a historic stretch of the San Antonio River Walk, has opened a new addition to its revered restaurant and culinary experience. The event space is primed for hosting life’s momentously memorable occasions. The River Terrace space is also available for bookings, with a beautiful view that’s sure to enchant and entertain any guest. At Biga.com

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PARIS FOREVER

A tiny slice of Paris on San Antonio’s near east side, Pastiche is a soigné cocktail lounge located in a cozy cottage that offers a refined and relaxed environment with humbling hospitality. Perfect for either a quiet date night or a group night on the town, this charmingly renovated abode has indoor and outdoor seating, encouraging convivial conversation no matter the occasion. At Pastiche.SA

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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

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

HOT TIMES IN THE CITY

HOT TIMES IN THE CITY

Always looking for the next best thing, 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 during the warm weather months.

AUSTIN

NOW THAT’S ITALIAN

Like a familiar lifetime friend where you are always welcome, to many La Traviata is exactly that and still serves the best Italian food west of Rome. Run by owner-chef Marion Gillcrist, this fan favorite has served seasonally fresh cuisine in the heart of downtown for nearly two decades. The must-haves are the Chicken Parmesan, homemade ravioli, and salmon dishes, which all reign supreme as classic Italian dishes.

At LaTraviataATX.com

ALWAYS ALMA

Menu favorites include crema de elote, roasted duck relleno and specialty margaritas keep El Alma firmly planted in the spotlight of the best Mexican fare in Texas. Featuring a multi-level design, including a rooftop deck with dramatic skyline views, El Alma offers lunch and dinner seven days a week along with a daily happy hour and weekend brunch.

At ElAlmaCafe.com

COMFORT DELUXE

The former union hall on the edge of Zilker Park recently had new life breathed into it as a boutique hotel and chic eatery. The place-to-be is Carpenter’s Hall restaurant that serves up Texas comfort food like no other. Schnitzel, pastas and burgers round out the fare in the large open interior space, as well as private dining outside, too.

At CarpenterHotel.com

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

A HERO’S WELCOME

HERO by HG SPLY CO has recently opened an impressive 25,000 square foot open-air restaurant just steps away from American Airlines Center. The main dining room offers two full-service bars with an open-air facade. At the opposite end of the building is a massive indoor/outdoor bar area dubbed, The Meantime, with impressive 24-foot screen for game watching, concerts, private events and presentations. HERO also houses its 800 square-foot Arcade with classic gaming that can be tailored for events, a pool table and more.

At HeroByHG.com

 Photography courtesy of Shannon Faulk

HOUSE SPECIALTY

Merchant House offers a new American and globally inspired menu taking on a combination of shared items and entrees to create a fully social dining experience. You can expect an array of delicious, scratch cocktails and a full complement of locally brewed beers and cocktails on tap. Merchant House also offers weekend brunch with a focus on fun, social food and drinks for the whole table. The upstairs bar offers stunning views of downtown with a sexy, intimate lounge atmosphere.

At MerchantHouse.ArgoConcepts.com

SUMMER SENSATIONS

Truluck’s has added 10 new cocktails to celebrate the summer season. From fruity concoctions to mellow libations, there’s something to tantalize the taste buds of everyone. Available in the Stone Crab Lounge and on the dinner menu served in the upstairs dining room, Truluck’s uses the best possible ingredients and techniques to ensure that every drink served is an experience. Plus, Truluck’s has one of the best happy hours in town, offering half-price cocktails, featured wines, and selected appetizers in the Stone Crab Lounge.

At Trulucks.com

HOUSTON

MARVELOUSLY MENDOCINO FARMS

Named for the California county known for its support of the slow food movement and sustainable farming, Mendocino Farms has selected its first location outside of California in Rice Village. The restaurant will feature a unique gathering place where foodies and families alike can come together over chef-driven sandwiches and soulful salads served with white tablecloth hospitality. The seasonally rotating menu features fine dining quality ingredients at an approachable price point and champions deserving local farms and food artisans. Opening late summer 2019 and additional locations on the horizon are: Uptown Park, Heights, and Downtown.

At MendocioFarms.com

POSITIVELY POSTINO

Postino was born in a historic 1940s-era Arizona post office in 2001 and has since been dedicated to giving customers a hyper-localized experience within each community it becomes a part of. The brand is built on Postino’s foundation of revitalizing historically relevant buildings that are integral to the neighborhoods that surround each location. This August, Postino will open its second Houston location in Montrose, formerly home to the Montrose Mining Company, bringing the area a new classic neighborhood outpost.

At PostinoWineCafe.com

Photography by Becca Wright

ONLY OUZO

Recently opened in the heart of the River Oaks District, Ouzo Bay offers contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with a seafood-focused menu. In addition to a wide selection of freshly-caught whole fish and signature dishes of Mediterranean, Greek-inspired favorites that are paired with the acclaimed sommelier’s elevated beverage program available at Ouzo Bay’s full-service bar, lounge, or at one of the many tables in the bright, nautical space. 

At OuzoBay.com

SAN ANTONIO

HALLS OF IVY

On the hunt for a magical venue for your next special event? Look no further than Southtown’s Ivy Hall, a cluster of stylish indoor-outdoor spaces managed by best of San Antonio caterer Tim the Girl. From brand photoshoots, to birthday parties, to weddings and more, Ivy Hall is an urban botanical oasis with a freshly funky old-meets-new feel that is sure to provide a standout backdrop that fits your needs.

At TimTheGirl.com/Ivy-Hall

FLAVORFUL CONCEPT

A dining experience built around America’s favorite food–burgers–infused with Mexico’s interior flare, Burgerteca transforms the experience of casual dining in a creative and fun environment conceptualized by San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez. With indigenous Mexican ingredients, distinct styles and regional iconic and celebratory dishes, Burgerteca celebrates Mexico’s culture of its sweet and savory colorful day-to-day life.

At ChefJohnnyHernandez.com

LIKE IT’S 1973 AGAIN

Boasting a branding revamp and showcasing exciting summer menu additions, San Antonio’s treasured neighborhood bar since 1973, Bombay Bicycle Club now offers Sunday brunch, craft cocktails, and community events. The place where everybody knows your name, Bombay Bicycle Club is a refreshingly nostalgic feel-good spot to add to your frequent favorites list.

At BombayBicycleClubSA.com

THINGS ARE WARMING UP

THINGS ARE WARMING UP

Always looking for the next best thing, 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-visits during the warm weather.

AUSTIN

GOING UP

Alongside Arlo Grey and Alfred’s coffee shop inside the Line Hotel, is the new, chic rooftop bar, P6. Small plates, cocktails and a variety of musical and cultural events can be enjoyed overlooking gorgeous views of Town Lake. Plus, private bookings are available. At TheLineHotel.com

EXOTIC DELIGHT

TLV is the newest addition to The Fareground, taking over the previous Easy Tiger space. A food truck, Hummus Among Us, turned brick and mortar serves Israeli street food ranging from Turkish breakfast to homemade falafel pitas. At TLV-Austin.com

CASUAL, MEET GREATNESS

Restaurateur Chef Jason Dady from San Antonio has taken over the old Fado Pub space with Chispas, a casual taco eatery. DuMon’s Down Low, a new speakeasy bar right below the restaurant, is also offering  bites from Chispas. At ChispasAustin.com

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

SPLISH SPLASH

Perched on the 19th floor of the historic Statler hotel, Waterproof boasts stunning panoramic views of surrounding downtown Dallas. As the moon rises over the city, swimsuits are exchanged for cocktail attire, the doors are open to the public and the party continues. You can take advantage of a new membership program that includes an expedited entrance for the member plus a guest, priority cabana and table reservations, 15% off bottle service and invitations to member-only events. At WaterproofDallas.com

REMEMBER THE ALAMO

Restaurant veteran and owner, Austin Rodgers (Offsite Kitchen, Neighborhood Services, Town Hearth) set out to create a restaurant that feels like a classic neighborhood favorite that’s been around for years. That’s the Alamo Club. Its shotgun space offers dining tables in a cozy area, a community high top table and bar serving unpretentious cocktails by seasoned pros. At AlamoClubDallas.com

DOWNTOWN HOMESTYLE

With popular locations in Phoenix and Los Angeles, The Henry offers new American eats with executive chef, Imsub Lee, leading the kitchen. The Dallas menu is centric to the city with dishes range from short rib potstickers to a spicy fried chicken sandwich and grilled portobella tacos. A  full-service coffee bar, two full-service bars, a private dining room, as well as ample seating throughout its interior and exterior spaces. At TheHenryRestaurant.com

HOUSTON

FRENCH TWIST

Bisou brings an unparalleled combination of continental cuisine and curated entertainment to River Oaks District. With a robust beverage program featuring classic cocktails, an extensive wine list, and champagne magnums served up in a sleek contemporary interior, it’s in fine company for the modern French fare that’s taking the city by storm. At BisouRestaurant.com

SAME GREAT FUN AS ALWAYS

The new kid at an old favorite in the Four Seasons Hotel, Bayou & Bottle, is quickly becoming the ultimate see and be scene place. The bourbon bar and restaurant offers over 160 types of bourbon and whiskey. Want your own bourbon locker? That’s available, too. Plus, a Top Golf Swing Suite is only steps away. At BayouAndBottle.com

GO AHEAD, GET MAD

Brought to you by the same folks who created BCN and named for the Spanish capital of Madrid, MAD offers modern and traditional tapas and paellas which strongly label Spanish cuisine around the world. It’s raising that experience to a level of quality and excellence beyond compare…while conveniently located in the River Oaks District. At MADHouston.com

SAN ANTONIO

IT’S THE RE-MEX

Mixing it up from a boutique-sized eatery in Olmos Park, the revolutionary chefs behind Mixli utilize indigenous Mexican ingredients and pre-Hispanic techniques to create the perfect balance of old and true, with new and innovative. With a mission to support as many local ranchers, farmers, and artisans as possible, the young team is making a name for San Antonio across the country. At RestaurantMixli.com

MID-CENTRY MODERNIST

A mid-century themed cocktail bar located within walking distance to the Historic Pearl, The Modernist’s menu, music, and décor will have you singing and swinging right into the 1960s. A favorite neighborhood haunt, the cocktails and the atmosphere have kept this hot spot at the top of locals’ lists. Doll up in your caftan, don your Don Draper skinny tie, and sashay over.

SAVOR THE FLAVOR

Step into Savor, The Culinary Institute of America restaurant tucked in a cozy corner at The Historic Pearl, and experience a meal inspired by ingredients and techniques from around the world. Each dinner is a learning experience, crafted and served by students of the CIA, making for a truly unique and memorable meal. At CIARestaurantGroup.com