IN A NEW LIGHT

IN A NEW LIGHT

Here, there, and everywhere, the state’s eateries are bustling again like never before. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston), and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), to recommend the cuisine and beverage hot spots to capture your fancy.

AUSTIN

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WAX-ING POETICALLY

At Wax Myrtle’s, the restaurant and bar in the new Thompson Hotel downtown, is the hip, poolside place to be served up Mediterranean appetizers and entrees. Just a block from Lady Bird Lake, it promises to be the in place to be seen this summer.

At WaxMyrtles.com.

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TIKI TATSU-YA

An immersive experience that transports travelers to an island paradise? Count us in to enjoy this Disneyesque Pirates of the Caribbean-vibe venue that dishes out creative interpretations of Tiki drinks alongside a food menu that blends Polynesian and Japanese influences.

At TikiTatsuYa.com.

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LIKE IN THE OLD COUNTRY

Escape the ordinary and celebrate the historical German culture of Central Texas at Koko’s Bavarian on Austin’s East Side. The brewery is an oasis of beer and brats housed in an old warehouse building featuring a 400-seat outdoor Biergarten. Some of the specialties include house-made sausages and schnitzels, as well as Belgian-style fries.

At KokosBavarian.com.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH

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CIAO BELLA

Recently opened at The Star in Frisco, Lombardi Cucina Italiana is the latest concept from restaurateur Alberto Lombardi. It has the feel of an alfresco villa in Italy surrounded by olive trees, Italian marble, and Venetian chandeliers. The menu celebrates authentic Italian cuisine with a modern touch that is produced daily in an open-style pasta laboratorio.

At LombardiCucina.com

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FRENCH TWIST

Toussaint Brasserie is an approachably chic French-inspired restaurant and bar located in what was the historic Tower Petroleum Building (now the Renaissance Saint Elm Dallas Downtown Hotel). The brasserie serves as a relaxing dining destination serving a menu rooted in French and Asian flavors. At ToussaintDallas.com.

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HOWDY, ‘PARDNER

Rodeo Bar is a modern Texas tavern adjacent to the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. Guests enjoy a classic Texas-vibe paired with original 80s neon beer bar lights, vintage rodeo posters, and original rodeo memorabilia while noshing on burgers, chips and queso, and sandwiches. The basement’s Back Room offers billiards, darts, and you can get your groove on under a disco ball or relax on comfy sofas while listening to music from the jukebox.

At Adolphus.com.

HOUSTON

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NORDIC FLAIR

Golfstrømmen at POST HTX Food Market shows Texas what Nordic cuisine is all about. Chef Christopher Haatuft, dubbed the punk chef godfather of Neo-Fjordic cuisine, brings not only a fresh seafood menu with his Nordic bent but will also sell fresh Gulf seafood.

At PostHTX.com.

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BAR DELUXE

The Old Hollywood vibe, reinforced by a vintage backdrop in this 1930 Spanish-Mediterranean-style bar, makes the new Clarkwood the happening spot to be. Its thoughtfully curated black and white seating vignettes include banquettes, tables, and lounge areas that add to the relaxed glam.

At ClarkwoodHTX.com.

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GREEN WITH ENVY

The new Insta-worthy Garden Oaks eatery is an all-day café that features extremely healthy fare like sandwiches, salads, coffee drinks, and more. We love the beet and goat cheese toast, as well as strawberry and creme fraiche as part of their garden-fresh menu selections.

At Sunday-Press.com.

SAN ANTONIO

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SIGNATURE DISH

At the La Cantera Resort & Spa, the award-winning destination set atop the highest elevation point in San Antonio, you’ll find its restaurant, Signature. Led by San Antonio local John Carpenter as executive chef, the team includes Executive Sous Chef Jaime Torres and Pastry Chef Stéphane Leopoldo. They provide a wide selection of contemporary interpretations of classic dishes.

At SignatureRestaurant.com.

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FAMILY STYLE

The English translation of nonna is grandmother. However, it has a deeper meaning that evokes images of matriarchs passing down generations of recipes and hosting big gatherings to bring the family together. Here, at Nonna in the Fairmount Hotel, you’ll find savory, comfort food dishes perfect for anyone to love.

At NonnaSA.com.

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AMALFI? AMAZING.

Inspired by Italy’s impossibly beautiful Amalfi Coast, Allora brings a bright taste of Italian seafood and pasta to the city. Discover this intimate spot at the Pearl and experience the fresh flavors and scenic spaces while reveling in San Antonio’s modern coastal restaurant and bar.

At AlloraPearl.com.

SPRING FARE

SPRING FARE

With spring blossoming, so many culinary opportunities beckon us. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston), and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), to recommend the best of the newest. 

AUSTIN

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UNIQUE & UNCOMPLICATED

Downtown’s Corinne serves up feel-good food. They cut through the complicated to find the honesty and effortless simplicity in this distinctly modern eatery that also boasts a large patio. They offer Italian flair with traditional cuisine that’s tough to beat.

At CorinneATX.com.  

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TASTE & TEXTURE

With a menu as ambitious, inspired, and unexpected as Austin itself, Cannon + Belle captures the taste and texture of farm-to-table dishes. From the Bourbon Bar Experience to cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, Cannon + Belle’s bar, indoor biergarten, and dynamic kitchen is Austin’s newest answer to Texas-fresh.

At CannonAndBelle.com.

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FANTASTICALLY FRESH

Verbena’s culinary program focuses on seasonal ingredients delivered through a beautifully composed vegetable-forward menu highlighting regionally sourced meat, fish, and poultry. Verbena shares an artful composition that enhances their vision of bringing you authentic, hearty, and healthful dining experiences.

At VerbenaATX.com.

DALLAS

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MOROCCAN MAGIC

With a Moroccan-dressed terrace, unique details such as custom tiles, and cushy pouf seating, Casablanca takes diners on a journey with a globally inspired menu of shared plates curated by Paradiso’s executive chef Nick Hurry. In the back, a sister concept, Casanova, provides a hidden karaoke bar (they call it a “sing-easy”) with private karaoke lounges that groups can rent.

At  CasaBlancaDTX.com.

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FRENCH TWIST

La Rêve Gelato is a new upscale European patisserie that recently opened in Preston Hollow. The French-style dessert shop features colorful pastries, macarons, and gelato. They also have rare craft coffee. Diners can choose from nine macaron flavors, ten gelato flavors, and ten pastry options, including Tiramisu. In French,  Le Rêve, translates as “To Dream,” which is the goal of their transporting desserts.

At LeReveGP.com.

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HEALTHY EIGHT

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has just launched a new beer, Eight. The light lager is touted as a healthy lo-cal offering with 90 calories and 2.6g carbohydrates. Proudly based in Austin, Eight is committed to giving back 1% of all revenue to Texas-based causes that work tirelessly to make healthy living accessible to all.

At EightBeer.com.

HOUSTON

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ROCK SOLID CUISINE

Atlas Restaurant Group (Ouzo Bay/Loch Bar) has opened a new Italian concept, Marmo, meaning Marble in Italian, in the new Montrose destination, Montrose Collective. The fresh, hand-rolled pastas, house-made charcuterie, and hand-cut prime steaks on the food menu will complement an impressive and worldly wine list, with selections of the Italian-focused on regions. The bar and lounge will include a baby grand piano where some of Houston’s best singers will perform nightly.

At MarmoItalian.com.

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RUSTIC ROMANCE

Located in The Heights, Trattoria Sofia is a Berg Hospitality Group concept that serves authentic, rustic Italian food in an intimate, romantic setting. With a focus on seasonal items, fresh ingredients, and market availability, the menu features classic dishes served with a new twist.

At TrattoriaSofia.com.

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WE SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the family-run ice cream brand, is beloved by ice cream aficionados for its made-from-scratch dairy and vegan ice creams of over 30 flavors, Made from simple recipes using only quality ingredients, Bourbon Cherries Jubilee and Earl Grey Tea our favorites.

At VanLeeuwenIceCream.com.

SAN ANTONIO

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WAY UP THERE

Upscale, the new eatery in Southtown, has the city abuzz. With its chic, fresh-as-a-daisy interior and Asian-infused selections of sushi, seafood, and steak, it offers something different than other dining establishments in the city.

At UpscaleSouthtown.com.

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WORLD LESS TRAVELED

A renewed take on Caribbean fare is Mi Roti in The Pearl. For those who like Island-style food but available at a resort in Texas, this is it. The menu reaches remote corners of the planet  and gives you a taste of a world less traveled. From wraps to bowls, prepare to be surprised at the ever-changing menu.

At MiRoti210.com.

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BOX IT UP

Box Street All Day serves up incredible views and even better food all day in its downtown locale. It also offers an espresso bar, craft cocktails, bubbles, and local beer. Patrons who aim to grab a bottle of bubbles can swing by the onsite “bottle shop” for fun on the run.

At TheBoxStreetSocial.com.

WINTER’S DELIGHTS

WINTER’S DELIGHTS

With the new year ahead, so many culinary opportunities beckon us all. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston), and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio) to recommend the best of the newest.

AUSTIN

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OLD WORLD, MEET NEW

What’s not to love about Verbena’s 36-seat bar and lounge, 60-seat dining room, and open kitchen with a wood-burning hearth, both of which open to a lush open-air courtyard? The old-world farm-to-table fare is artfully composed in a modern presentation to delight every guest.

At VerbenaATX.com.

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CARIBBEAN CHARACTER

At Canje, traditional meets innovative in this New Age Caribbean cuisine restaurant on the east side. The name refers to the Canje Pheasant, the national bird of Guyana. From Jamaica to Puerto Rico, Canje explores techniques, ingredients, and the many expressions of vibrant food across the region.

At CanjeATX.com.

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GOING WEST

The Westlake Wine Bar in Davenport Village is the new destination. Not only does it offer over 150 wines, but also a menu of beef bourguignon, tartare, steaks, and fish, alongside bar snacks with either indoor or patio dining available.

At WestlakeWineBar.com.

DALLAS

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ASIAN MIX

Elephant East in The Harwood District offers guests a menu that focuses on technique, flavors, and signature dishes from Southeastern Asia, as well as stylish cocktails, sake, and soju. The design features hand-carved wood, tropical and bamboo greenery and a symphony of rich jewel tones.

At ElephantEastDallas.com.

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE

National Anthem is the much-anticipated concept from Chef Nick Badovinus in downtown Dallas’ newly revitalized East Quarter. The interior is divided into the main dining room and the bar area with several high-top tables. Look for a classic American menu of salads, burgers, seafood, pasta, and more that are sure to please.

At NationalAnthemDTX.com.

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AMIGOS WELCOME

La Mina is the latest concept to open at The Village residential development. Look for regional Mexican food and agave cocktails in a subterranean spot beneath the Drey Hotel. We especially love the weekend brunch.

At TheVillageDallas.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

FINE AND FINER

Celebrating 75 years, the place to be by the Texas Medical Center is the Intercontinental Hotel’s new restaurant offerings, including Safina, the all-day, modern Mediterranean eatery and cosmopolitan craft cocktail destination, The Naturalist Café and the Lounge Bar. Revel in their modern design paired with unrivaled hospitality.

At SafinaHouston.com.

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LATIN SWANK

Toro Toro is the chic new pan Latin restaurant at the Four Seasons downtown. It celebrates the vibrant, robust flavors and convivial dining culture of Central and South America, to offer guests a unique spin on the contemporary steakhouse experience.

At ToroToroHouston.com.

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INTO THE WOODLANDS

The Woodlands Resort is often ranked one of the best resorts in the country. Always a favorite, it has been reinvigorated with significant enhancements from The Weston and Hilton’s Curio Collection of hotels and restaurants. Try the new Back Table Kitchen and Bar for a memorable experience.

At WoodlandsResort.com.

SAN ANTONIO

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CHARGING ONWARD

Battalion, a favorite destination in San Antonio, was once the home of the city’s Firehouse #7. Now, it has been transformed into an Italian restaurant where fresh homemade pasta is made daily. Both the dinner and cocktails served in the vintage firehouse décor are delectable.

At BattalionSA.com.

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MODERN’S TWIST

Here’s a modern tribute to South Texas cuisine on the historic San Antonio River Walk. With its delectable Mexican flavors, you can’t go wrong inside or on the luxe veranda with the gorgeous view.

At DomingoRestaurant.com

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SEE YOU AT THE PEARL

Botika, in The Pearl, continues to be as popular as ever. While enjoying the dining interior, or al fresco, both are ideal for the sushi Asian fusion fare. Plus, it’s popular for both day and night outings for business…or pleasure.

At BotikaPearl.com.

SEASONS’ EATINGS

SEASONS’ EATINGS

With the whirlwind holiday season upon us, we wonder how we’re going to enjoy all the new culinary offerings in the state. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), to recommend the best of the newest. 

AUSTIN

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LET’S GO HIGHER

Higher Ground is Austin’s newest social club catering to elevated souls with enlightened spirits. The new multi-level venue is a place to dance the night away and a house of worship to culinary delights and designer cocktails. Our favorite part? Beyond all the stained glass, we love the DJ booth that resides in a former pipe organ.

At HigherGroundATX.com.

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SOHO ON SOCO

The new SoHo House on South Congress is the only SoHo in Texas. Taking its cue from the region’s art and environment, it’s an option for the creative types and those who love them. The clubby menu for cuisine and cocktails is exactly what you’d expect, and it’s perfect for lighter fare. We love the rooftop pool with a view of downtown and that it’s also a hotel.

At SoHoHouse.com.

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MOD MEX

Comedor (Spanish for dining room) is a new and elevated Mexican cuisine experience. The chic space in downtown Austin offers a pleasant vibe as well as superior Latin food. Famous for its fusion of spices, the menu offers many choices for any palate.

At ComedorTX.com.

DALLAS

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ADVANCED MIXOLOGY

Experience worldly fare and craft cocktails at Milkshake Concepts’ striking new restaurant, Harper’s. The 7,655-square-foot restaurant features an alluring atmosphere and gourmet cuisine. With its top-notch culinary and mixology talent and vibrant ambiance, Harper’s was designed to stand out.

At HarpersDallas.com.

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STEAK SUPERIOR

Dakota’s Steakhouse has been a downtown Dallas dining icon for over 37 years. This cool oasis is complete with a 20 foot, 5-tiered granite water wall, multi-tiered landscaping, lava rock fire pit, and black granite bar. The new below-ground patio has long been considered one of the city’s most romantic dining spots.

At DakotasRestaurant.com

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WELL, HAY THERE

Haywire recently opened a second location nestled in Uptown. The concept offers guests delicious farm-to-table recipes and signature Texas dishes with southern favorites like fried chicken steaks and whiskey BBQ ribs to craft beers and a Texas-sized whiskey list. Pro tip: If you have six or more in your party, ask to be seated in the custom Shasta trailer on the spacious patio.

At HaywireRestaurant.com.

HOUSTON

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ALL DAY & ALL NIGHT

The EaDo-style mega clubs, Sekai Nightclub and Dayclub and Wyld Child, both by Sekai Hospitality, offer an immersive, festival-like feeling of sights and sounds that will envelop guests in the largest indoor/outdoor space of its kind in the city. Its unrivaled and unforgettable guest experiences, paired with exceptional service, in dynamic, one-of-a-kind environments and locations are throughout Houston.

At SekaiHospitality.com.

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TULUM, TX

The new Casa Nomad is nestled in an intimate patio setting decked out in tropical and Tulum-worthy finishes. The concept sports a sultry-chic vibe and will feature music in the “jungle disco” style from the sand-covered streets of Tulum. Located in the Heights, join family and friends to enjoy delicious food and unique cocktails, then sit back to enjoy live music on the lawn or take in an on-site event.

At CasaNomadHTX.com.

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CATCH THE 915

Lovers of new Mexican fare unite. The 915 (a nod to El Paso’s area code) brings a taste of El Paso to the Heights by serving up innovative south-of-the-border specialties. Most popular is surely the red chile enchiladas, green flautas ahogadas, brisket-stuffed flautas a la Chuco, and the nachos Montados.

At Facebook.com/The915HTX.

SAN ANTONIO

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OYSTER’S BAY

From a dream formed while dining on oysters in Paris, voilà, the concept was born for Little Em’s Oyster Bar. With a wide array of both seafood and other delicious fares, the Dressed Oysters, with caviar, crème fraiche, and champagne, is a favorite on the varied menu.

At LittleEmsOysterBar.com.

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OH, MY DARLIN’

We love that Clementine is a family-owned, neighborhood restaurant serving up seasonal eats inspired by global flavors…in a casual setting. The New Orleans-inspired cuisine contains an array of seasonally fresh flavors and unique plates. The decadent desserts will spoil your taste buds.

At Clementine-SA.com.

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CLASSIC CUISINE

Old school culinary techniques meet farm-to-table best describes Restaurant Gwendolyn. Its unique old-school approach includes an 1850s inspired menu…and no electric tools are used in the kitchen. A classic in the city, it’s a treat for both large groups and more intimate gatherings.

At RestaurantGwendolyn.com.

BACK IN CIRCULATION

BACK IN CIRCULATION

With social gatherings at an all-time high again, we loved the renewed relatability. Join our editors Jake Gaines in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their statewide selections that are perfect to kick off fall.

AUSTIN

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WHISTLE, WHY DON’T YOU?

Whisler’s, the craft-cocktail bar, mezcalería, and speakeasy-style haunt on the Eastside creates cocktails that are completely unexpected and expertly executed…it’s what they are known for most. So for a truly special time with friends, this is the place to gather for a memorable experience.

At WhislersATX.com.

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IT’S LIKE FAMILY

In two locations now, Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties brings to the city a relaxed and approachable, all-day dining experience reminiscent of the cafes of Northern Italy to the city. With plenty of cocktail selections, the all-day service will have you there morning, noon, or night.

At UncleNickys.com.

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TO MARKET WE SHALL GO

Opening this fall on the trendy SoCo will be the  40,000 square feet of restaurants including Mignette, a bakery, and diner from Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie; a wine bar, butcher shop, and produce store from Salt & Time; Hawaiian pizza chain Fire Dance Pizza; and a location of local charitable coffee shop, Greater Goods Coffee Co., to name a few.

At StElmoMarket.com.

DALLAS

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SIGNATURE SUCCESS

For many years, in their trips to Napa, Tiffany and Daniel Moon developed a great appreciation of the complexity, sophistication, and different flavor profiles of wine. In 2009 they launched their own signature Estate Reserve wines from Napa Valley as a private passion project, Three Moons Wine. Offerings include a 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, a 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, or a 2018 Proprietary Red Blend. Prices start at $42 a bottle and are shipped directly to you.

At ThreeMoonsWine.com.

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BEYOND CHICKEN

Firebird Fowl is serving up classic favorite foods with a Texas twist. In addition to the chicken and turkey menu options, you’ll enjoy the ranch-to-table duck, emu, ostrich and Texas quail choices. The cocktail menu features specialty beverages created from house-made infused spirits–even ice-creams on the dessert menu will be alcohol infused. At this Uptown high energy restaurant and bar, fowl play is encouraged.

At FirebirdFowl.com.

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LUCKY LORO

Loro, an Asian smokehouse and bar concept from Austin’s Chef Tyson Cole and Pitmaster Aaron Franklin, features grilled and smoked meats with Southeast Asian and Japanese-inspired sauces and sides. The communal indoor space and patio were designed to emulate good old Texas dance halls. With Chef de Cuisine Mike Perez at the helm, Loro Dallas offers dishes exclusive to this location, such as fish and chips, French onion brisket melt, and brisket coconut rice.

At LoroEats.com.

HOUSTON

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SUITING UP

There’s a new hot spot in Houston (and Fort Worth) where it’s all fun and games. Pinstripes is a multi-concept restaurant that not only offers terrific food and cocktails, but also is a great venue for entertainment like Bocce ball, bowling, and more.

At Pinstripes.com.

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COASTAL VIBE

Eugene’s, formerly Danton’s in River Oaks, the clientele loves the daily specials, from Gulf Coast favorites red snapper, ling, Mahi Mahi, and grouper, to seasonal specials like crawfish, soft-shell crab, and wild-caught salmon.  Then there’s the all-natural, certified Angus beef filets and ribeye steaks, fire-grilled over oak and hickory.

At EugenesHouston.com.

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ALWAYS GRATEFUL

Gratify Bistro, in the West U neighborhood, transports guests to a classic and Baroque French environment. In fact, it’s a grown-up escape from the every day where the disco ball shimmers and martinis flow. There are plenty of freshly shucked oysters, crudo, tartare, and caviar selections.

At GratifyHouston.com

SAN ANTONIO

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LASTEST LUXE

Landrace, now open at the new Thompson Hotel, honors the pastoral beauty of foods that can be traced back to the land where they are naturally shepherded over time. The seasonal menus  celebrate regional Texas ingredients and heritage growers close to home. James Beard Award finalist Steve McHugh, known as San Antonio’s most celebrated chef, helms it.

At LandraceTX.com.

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SIGNATURE STYLE

Stout’s Signature, located at the Tobin Center, is the perfect place for a pre-performance gathering. It features upscale plates, from filets to risottos, with a full bar of handcrafted cocktails. We love the wide selection of pizzas and appetizers, too.

At StoutsSignature.com.

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HOUSE AND HOME

The airy Guenther House is the Art Nouveau and Victorian home at the Pioneer Flour Mills that offers homey breakfast and lunch, American and Tex-Mex fare, outdoor dining, and event space for special occasions.

At GuentherHouse.com.

CURIOUS ABOUT CUISINE

CURIOUS ABOUT CUISINE

Local eateries are open for business, and we all get to support them wherever we go, no matter what city we call home. Join our editors Jake Gaines in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their statewide selections that are perfect for summer.

AUSTIN

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NEW CHIC IN TOWN

Lutie’s, the long-waited garden restaurant at the new Commodore Perry Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, is the hit everyone knew it would be. In fact, it might be the best meal in town these days. The restaurant features stunning design by powerhouse style maker Ken Fulk and a culinary program by husband-and-wife chef team Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu, formerly of acclaimed local establishments.

At Luties.com.

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ELEVATED ITALIAN

Swift’s Pizza Company, created by Kris Swift and Adam Jacoby of Jacoby’s and Grizzelda’s, offers authentic Italian fare that can’t be beat on the Eastside. Set within Swift’s Future Design decor, we recommend you “build your own pizza” from the delectable menu. The beverage program features modern twists on classic cocktails, as well as local and imported draft beer and wine. 

At SwiftPizzaCo.com.

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NURTURE NATURE

The newest must-dine in the city, courtesy of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, is hands down ABA, in the newly opened Music Lane development in SoCo. From the modern interiors to the extensive patio seating options under the mighty oaks, it’s a breath of fresh air serving contemporary yet approachable cuisine.

At ABARestaurants.com.

DALLAS

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THAT TOWERING FEELING

Eataly Dallas recently opened its first-floor café, Caffè Lavazza, an Italian-style, all-day café and bar experience. The space serves as Eataly Dallas’ first-floor entrance from NorthPark Center. The star of Caffè Lavazza will be La Torre (The Tower), an Italian favorite often found in elegant metropolitan bars, and will feature an overflowing array of savory or sweet bites to share amongst friends (or to enjoy yourself).

At Eataly.com.

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MEASURING UP

Commanding three levels and nearly 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, this one-of-a-kind Restoration Hardware retail concept presents artistic installations of luxury home furnishings in a gallery setting. It includes the Rooftop Restaurant, which offers an ingredient-driven menu in a year-round, skylit garden escape beneath a dramatic atrium with retractable glass walls, sparkling chandeliers, and heritage olive trees.

At RH.com.

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DOG DAY DELIGHT

Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs has added an all-beef dog, Make Mine Texan, at Fletcher’s Pop-Up appearances throughout the summer. Fletcher’s worked with local meat purveyor Syracuse Sausage to create an original recipe for the company made with brisket (and other secret ingredients) to give it a natural, hickory flavor that compliments Fletcher’s proprietary cornmeal batter.

At FletchersCornyDogs.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

TELL THEM JAY SENT YOU

Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse and the Daisy Buchanan lounge seek to bring new energy and a touch of the past to a structure that dates back to the 1920s. Both are on a historic and storied Montrose Boulevard block, just a stone’s throw from the Houston Museum District. The expansive patio is primed for people watching on the colorful thoroughfare.

At GatsbysSteakhouse.com.

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COASTAL FLAIR

With so much development in the Woodlands,  the Back Table Kitchen & Bar stands alone on the grounds of The Woodlands Resort, serving seasonal, southern-inspired fare with global accents. What’s not to love about the 5,413-square-foot waterfront venue with an 800-square-foot terrace overlooking the 18th green of the Panther Trail golf course?

At BackTableTX.com.

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OUI, OUI, PLEASE

A new French dining experience has just arrived in Houston. Always on the forefront of culture, of course, the city’s latest fare, Le Jardinier, is in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Located in the new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, the seasonal ingredients and rich nutrients are artfully crafted into each dish.

At LeJardinier-Houston.com.

SAN ANTONIO

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CULINARY JEWEL

For a serenely rural and relaxing experience, escape to SweetFire Kitchen, the culinary jewel of La Cantera Resort. The inviting atmosphere allows for indoor and outdoor dining, offering breathtaking views of the sweeping San Antonio Hill Country.

At LaCanteraResort.com.

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ABSOLUTELY ASIAN

Recently opened in the lobby of the Jones & Rio building, just a stone’s throw from the San Antonio Museum of Art, Shiro Bistro offers fresh, contemporary Japanese cuisine that pushes the envelope of imagination and possibility through its presentation of cleverly curated plates. Fish is ordered daily, so reservations are encouraged.

At Resy.com.

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BEFORE A PERFORMANCE

Looking for upscale dining options before a night at the opera or symphony? Stouts Signature is now open at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring delectable plates from filets to risottos and backed by a full bar of handcrafted cocktails, Stouts Signature at the Tobin Center complements the arts with their own unique dining experience.

At StoutsSignature.com/Tobin.