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

FLAVORS THAT FLOURISH

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

LET’S GET UP & GO

LET’S GET UP & GO

On the go and in the scene, our editors Lesa Rossick in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston and Eleanor a Morrison in San Antonio share top-notch statewide recommendations that are must-dos as the warmer weather has us feeling more adventurous than ever.

AUSTIN

PEACHY KEEN

The masters behind Peached Tortilla have opened a new sister restaurant called Bar Peached.  Enjoy cocktails, and shareable Tacos and Asian Fusion dishes in this cheery West 6th spot and oak tree-shaded patio! At BarPeached.com

SAY UNCLE

Uncle Nicky’s is a brand new café started by partners that is also an authentic, Italian casual eatery in the hub of Hyde Park. Chef Nicholas Yanes (Juniper), Travis Tober (Nickel City), and Brandon and Zane Hunt (Via 313, Nickel City) made the magic happen. At UncleNickys.com

BOWLED OVER

James Beard-nominee Chef Matt McCallister brings his poke bowls to the Seaholm District. The area has become a fast favorite for those looking for a fresh, healthy meal. Casual and comfortable….this place will win your heart. At MalibuPoke.com

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

BUBBLES FOR EVERYONE

The next big thing on wheels is The Bubble Tap Trailer serving prosecco and sparkling wine straight out of the tap. Lance Bass of N’SYNC is a partner in this sparkling new venture and you can thank Dawn McKee for having the gumption to bring the concept to the Dallas-area. The self-contained, vintage canned ham trailer will serve bubbly to you and your guests at your event. Why not add an element of surprise (and many Instagram-able moments) to your event? At TapTrailerCo.com.

FRESH EN FUEGO

Cantina Laredo, with locations in North Texas, is spicing up 2019 with a brand-new collection of cocktails. The featured theme, Fresh en Fuego, highlights a unique blend of crisp and fiery flavors. Heat up your happy hour with a Charred Pineapple Lemonade, Grilled Orange Margarita or Grilled Grapefruit Paloma. At CantinaLaredo.com.

YIMMINY CRICKETS

Camille Cortinas, always obsessed with pickles and her mother, Judy, started Yims Foods to bring their love of small batch goodness to the culinary world. All products are made in small batches which keeps things local, and gives them quality control. In the Dallas-area, you’ll find this State Fair of Texas awarded team every Saturday at the White Rock Farmers Market, or at Williams Sonoma in NorthPark Center. At YimsFoods.com.

HOUSTON

COLLECTIVE DINING

The new Finn Hall, located in The Jones on Main in the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building, features more than 20,000 square feet of elevated culinary experiences. It offers 10 chef-driven food outlets, a craft beer and curated wine bar, and an Art Deco cocktail lounge for glam Houstonians to experience a creative dining collective. At FinnHallTX.com

TABLE FOR ONE...MORE

At the Royal Sonesta Houston’s ARA restaurant, TableOne turns a meal into an intimate, interactive culinary adventure in the heart of the kitchen for groups of two to ten. Elevate a business lunch or dinner, or make a milestone a mouth-watering memory at one of the city’s only true chef’s tables. At Sonesta.com

THE METROPOLITANS

Doris Metropolitan is a fabulous, but less conventional fine dining steakhouse experience with a carefully designed menu, which also features vegetable-forward appetizers, local seafood, an innovative caviar menu, and seasonal sides. At DorisMetropolitan.com

SAN ANTONIO

RIDING THE CREST

One of the oldest and continuously operated miniature golf courses in the world, Cool Crest Miniature Golf has been a staple since the 1920s. Recently refurbished and taken into new ownership to preserve the city’s now-officially historically significant site, the two 18-hole courses are nestled on a hill in San Antonio’s storied Deco District. At CoolCrestGolf.com.

BBQ’S PARADISE

The Smoke Shack owners who recently opened their newest and third location, Smoke Shack Meat Market, aim to stand out by joining the “Slow Foods” movement—a global advocacy that advances the concept of good, clean and fair food by preserving traditional and regional cuisine. At SmokeShackMeatMarket.com.

LIKE A DAY AT THE PARK

Kiddie Park, one of the city’s most treasured landmarks for a hundred years, is the oldest children’s amusement park in the country. While modern updates have been made to the rides and attractions, the park has preserved its 1920s style by maintaining all of the original rides. Guests can enjoy the park’s old-fashioned Ferris wheel, famous hand-carved Herschell Spillman carousel, and other classic children’s rides. At KiddiePark.com.

SEEK & FIND

SEEK & FIND

This spring offers so many opportunities to enjoy everything the state has to offer. Jake Gaines, our man-about-globe, shares a sampling of recommendations of where to go, who to know and what to do…

THE ART OF GIFTING

Mint-Lavender, the new go-to gifting company in Dallas, helps time-challenged people send a stunning gift box for any occasion. From birthdays, weddings and anniversaries to corporate gifting, the exquisite gifts from scarcely-known boutiques in Madrid, Rome, London, New York, to name but a few, are dazzling. At Mint-Lavender.com

TOFFEE BREAK

We think the best toffee in the world is made in Austin. Yes, Austin, thanks to Toni’s Toffee. Prepared one batch at a time, several flavors and sizes are available. Plus, it’s the perfect host gift for any party. At TonisToffee.com

FORE SCORE

Course & Club is a new active women’s golf and lifestyle apparel line that’s helping golf course attire get chicer. The Dallas-based company designs and manufactures locally and is carried in some of the premier clubs in the state as well the country. At CourseAndClub.com

SPRING FLING

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is so popular over the holidays that this year’s inaugural spring event will host 150 merchants from across the country, bringing with them unique seasonal items, apparel, accessories, gourmet food, and home décor. April 12-14. At HoustonBallet.org

PURE AND SIMPLE

Houstonian Estella Cockrell has created a trusted source for pure, clean, natural, and nontoxic yet effective beauty, skincare, home and wellness solutions. She searched for safer alternatives, and created subscriptions, kits and collections to share her pure-yet-powerful finds with others. At Switch2Pure.com

IRON TOUGH

Dallas-based Tom & Sheri’s Iron In A Bottle is helping our state stay well-groomed. This liquid magic means you never have to iron again. Really, we mean it. $39.95 for a set of three. At TomAndSherisProducts.com

ARTFUL ENDEAVOR

The brand new eatery Épicerie at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria serves up French-Cajun cuisine comfort food that can be enjoyed overlooking the pastoral 14 acres of the museum’s site on Lake Austin. At TheContemporaryAustin.org