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

So Well Done Austin Salad

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.

Georgie Dallas Restaurant

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.

CURIOUS ABOUT CUISINE

CURIOUS ABOUT CUISINE

We love that our statewide local eateries offer a true sense of community 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

So Well Done Austin Salad

BONJOUR, PARIS

A Parisian-inspired bakery that also imports Swiss chocolates? Sign us up. Those, along with Champagne, macaroons, and French-pedigree baked goods, have never seemed so delicious in the heart of Texas.

At ParisInABite.com.

The Lolo Austin Texas wine bar

ASIAN DELUXE

At Otoko, this exclusive 12-seat dining destination is about as rarified a sushi experience gets in this city  The chef’s choice multi-course tasting menu runs $175 per person, so expect both expertise and innovation. Before dinner, begin with drinks at Watertrade, attached to the restaurant. Online reservations only.

At OtakoAustin.com.

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WITH A TWIST

For old-school cocktails with a new school twist, try The Cavalier, a new destination. The east side eatery is a favorite for the current frozen drink craze that is sweeping the state. We recommend trying them all with the small and large bites they offer.

At TheCavalierTex.com

DALLAS

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FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY

Located on the 49th-floor of The National and alongside the new Thompson Dallas, Monarch is a dazzling restaurant with intimate seating offering soaring views of the city. Featuring 280 seats with skyline views of Dallas, you can wander up a spiral staircase, and you’ll find private dining spaces. The menu consists of handmade pastas, fish, and the Butchers Reserve section of cuisine slow-roasted over a wood fire.

At MonarchRestaurants.com.

Georgie Dallas Restaurant

ALL HAIL THE SAINT

The Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar recently debuted a newly renovated space with a refreshing menu influenced by the Pacific Northwest and seasonal Texas ingredients. The venue features a garden-inspired atmosphere, a spacious patio for dining, crisp pre-Prohibition-style cocktails inspired by their 1920’s roots, and impressive wines.

At SaintAnnDallas.com.

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TRULY TEXAN

Texas Twinkies, the BBQ delicacy made famous by Hutchins BBQ, can now be shipped by the dozen ($65 per dozen) to anywhere in the U.S. The North Texas BBQ joint’s most requested item is a large jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese and Hutchins’ famous brisket, which is then wrapped in thick-cut bacon. Online orders are available whenever you’re ready for a taste of Texas at home.

At HutchinsBBQ.com

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

HERE’S THE DISH

Dish Society has quickly become the favorite of the who’s who in the city. The all-day diner turns out a seasonally changing menu with healthful modern twists on traditional favorites. They are also dedicated to using the highest quality and freshest ingredients possible and source a majority of its items locally.

At DishSociety.com.

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MEET ME AT THE PALACE

A brand new family-friendly addition to the West University/Bellaire community, Palace Social is slated to open in June. Formerly, the historic Palace Bowling Lanes, the completely renovated space is located in the Southside Commons Development, and we expect it to be a terrific destination this summer.

At PalaceSocial.com.

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LUCKY THIRTEEN

The new restaurant, Thirteen, created by former Houston Rockets star James Hardin, combines a unique, upscale dining experience with exceptional food. Plus, amid a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere and the entertainment and first-class service, it’s the place to be this summer.

At ThirteenHOU.com.

SAN ANTONIO

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PARISIAN VIBE...

Recently opened in the Historic Pearl by the Southerleigh Hospitality Group, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou is just the escapism we all need when traveling to Paris for a très chic French culinary experience is off the table. Be sure not to miss out on ordering the main attraction during your dining event: the Sandwich au Fromage Raclette…melted live onto your plate from a large wheel of piping hot Parmesan. Bon Appetit to all.

At BrasserieMonChouChou.com.

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FOUR STAR-WORTHY

Brunch on the Riverwalk at the four-star Mokara Hotel? Yes, absolutely. Omni Hotels has acquired the Mokara Hotel & Spa that serves up a stylish and delicious dining experience with a view at its new delectable restaurant, Ostra.

At OmniHotels.com.

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BEYOND THE MORNING RITUAL

A local favorite, Revolucion Coffee + Juice, has been supporting a balanced wellness lifestyle since 2012 with innovative coffee, juice, and plant-forward food. They’ve just opened a new location at the RIM for dwellers in and near Boerne and the Dominion for diners who like to venture outside of the loop for an adventure.

At RevolucionSA.com.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Local eateries offer more than just comfort food during challenging times…they offer a true sense of community. Join our editors Lance Avery Morgan in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their statewide selections that are socially safe.

AUSTIN

So Well Done Austin Salad

MILLED & MADE FRESH

New Austin, in Dripping Springs, Abby Jane Bakeshop is a locally owned bakery committed to using stone-milled, heritage flours in all their baked goods. The leavened breads, flaky pastries, and seasonal desserts tempt, along with Roman-style pizzas, grain salads, coffee, tea, and local brews. At AbbyJaneBakes.com.

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GREEN WITH ENVY

The new Teal House Coffee and Bakery on SoCo is already famous for its rolls, croissants, and pies. The family-run shop’s caramel sticky buns, cookies, and cinnamon rolls with Nutella, as well as  light lunch options such as soups, salads, and sandwiches on bread made in-house, are all equally tempting. At TealHouse.co.

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ITALIAN STALLION

The new Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Garden serves up a cheery style as a side dish to its fan-favorite New York-style pizza, salads, and homemade lasagna. Plus, there’s a large selection of beers on draft, as well as plenty of wine to pair with your meal. At TonyCsBeerGarden.com.

DALLAS

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THAT’S SO HOT

Texas native and Nashville-bred, Palmer Fortune has tongues wagging with the creation of an authentic Nashville hot chicken concept called Palmer’s Hot Chicken. The entire menu is made from scratch, and their chicken requires a laborious 24-hour process. Enjoy Palmer’s famous frosé on the covered patio, complete with fans, during warmer Texas weather. At PalmersHotChicken.com.

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FLYIN’ HIGH

Once a vintage gas station built in 1922, Thunderbird Station is a full-service bar with bites in Deep Ellum, known for its nostalgic menu and space. With indoor seating and a giant patio, it has a place for everyone. At ThunderbirdStation.com.

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A WHOLE LADA GOODNESS

Located in far North Dallas, LADA is a new fine-casual concept from Chef Michael Ehlert. The former executive chef of Mirador and The French Room has created a menu featuring six different enchilada options, elotes (corn) on a stick, Mexican fried rice, and more. Ehlert’s vision is to create elevated dishes based on traditional favorites. At EatLADA.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

The pizzeria with pizzazz, inspired by the team behind Nancy’s Hustle, has opened up in a new locale that has something for everyone: vegetables, pasta, pizza, and ice cream, along with natural wines, beers, ciders, cocktails, and root beer. At TinyChampionsHouston.com.

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FOR THE RECORD

The place to be in Montrose is 93 Til. It has an innovative menu, lots of records paired with innovative cocktails, and laid-back vibes. In fact, a new record playlist is created nightly so that the action never stops. At 93-Til.com.

Adair Restaurant Houston

HIT THE STREETS

The best new Thai restaurant in Houston just might be Street to Kitchen. Count on everything here being made from scratch, including the curry pastes and sauces that go into the specialty dishes like Pad Thai. At StreetToKitchen.com.

SAN ANTONIO

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THE FINEST CATCH

As San Antonios premier contemporary Japanese sushi house, Uniko serves high-quality fresh

fish from across the globe. With a selection incomparable to other sushi restaurants in town,

locals may enjoy weekly specials of ultra-rare varieties. At UnikoJapaneseHouse.com.

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HALF-SHELL HAPPINESS

Southtown has a new pearl of an eatery: Little Ems Oyster Bar. Young, local newlyweds Emily and Houston Carpenter left no half-shell unturned with the concept for their hip hot spot that recently opened. Already a hit for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, this menu is a must-try next time you find yourself wandering in King William. At LittleEmsOysterBar.com.

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SWEETEST TREATS

Now open at San Antonios Boardwalk center on lower Broadway, the team behind the Chocollazo pastry shop has introduced their new dessert concept, Black + White Modern Creamery, serving fresh, locally made dairy and non-dairy ice cream and cold treats in traditional and modern flavors. At BlackWhiteCreamery.com.

CONTEMPORARY CUISINE

CONTEMPORARY CUISINE

Our favorite local eateries offer more than just comfort food during challenges times…they offer community. Join our editors Lance Avery Morgan in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their sensational statewide recommendations that are must-tries right now.

AUSTIN

So Well Done Austin Salad

READY, SET, PREP

Prep To Your Door is the new insider’s meal delivery service, meaning no more shopping or chopping. Plus, no more waste, thanks to how the plant-based, gluten-free, organic meals in sustainable packaging are as delicious as they are healthy. At PrepToYourDoor.com

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BAKED TO PERFECTION

Gorgeous and fun donuts, macarons, and other sweet treats? Sign us up at OMG Squee. In shapes ranging from pandas to Lizzo, and in flavors ranging from Thai tea to churro and beyond, we can’t get enough of this hipster bakery. At SqueeClub.com.

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LA BARBECUE

Can there be too much barbecue in one state? Nope. The Texas favorite always seems to have a new spin placed on it. From the legendary Mueller barbecue family, La Barbecue offers the best and most mouth-watering entrées ever to quench your taste buds. At LaBarbeque.com.

DALLAS

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NOW THAT’S ITALIAN

Italian food emporium and Manhattan favorite,  Eataly, has opened in NorthPark Center. The 46,000 square foot store and restaurant is comprised of over 10,000 local and Italian products, three restaurants, and one cooking school (which will be virtual to start), all inspired by the diversity of Italy’s regional cuisines. At Eataly.com.

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DOWN ARGENTINE WAY

Chimichurri, new in the Bishop Arts District, features traditional Argentinian specialties, including grilled meats served in the Asado style, empanadas, pizzas, choripáns (chorizo sandwiches), and dulce de leche. The design elements include recycled wine bottle chandeliers, colorful murals, and memorabilia from the movie EvitaAt ChimichurriBishopArts.com.

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FRESH FAVORITE

Encina offers a deliberate focus on seasonality and fresh ingredients. Highlights include the Devils on Horseback appetizer with dates, blue cheese, bacon, and apple butter; a Reuben Flatbread with pastrami, swiss, sauerkraut, and pickle dressing, and a Lamb and Pork Bratwurst served with green chili hominy grits and apple mustard. The wine program is well priced as well. At EncinaDallas.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

WELL, HELLO THERE

Xin Chao, which means hello, is the new eatery that is a collaboration of MasterChef winner Christine Hà and Tony J. Nguyen, bringing Vietnamese and Viet-Texan dishes to Houston like no other can. We recommend the braised pork and crispy rice, and the flat rice noodles with a smoked beef rib. At XinChaoHTX.com.

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NOW, FOR SOMETHING SWEET

The Sugar Room is the new cocktail bar to be seen in these days. Not only does it double as a doughnut destination during the day, look for the glitzy drinks that are garnished with edible gold and glitter in the evenings. Try the Jetsetter, which pairs gin, basil, cucumber, and ginger with spicy popping boba. At SoClutchGroup.com.

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PERFECTLY LATIN

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos has joined the popular food distribution platform, Goldbelly, announcing a wide variety of selections from their menu  available now to ship nation-wide. The menu features an assortment of seventeen dishes, sides and sauces representing Mexico’s seven culinary regions. The sweet additions include homemade Dulce de Leche sauce and dessert tamales, including pineapple and raisin. At Picos.net.

SAN ANTONIO

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MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE BAR

Slated to open in February in a 100-year-old building in the King William Historic District, thanks to restauranteur Roger Herr, who has returned to his San Antonio roots, Bar Loretta is sure to be a winner. Dial-in fellow San Antonian, Paul Petersen, who takes the helm in the kitchen with French-technique-inspired cuisine, and we expect this new endeavor to be a colossal hit. At BarLoretta.com

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INFUSION INJECTION

Cuishe Cocina Mexicana recently opened two San Antonio locations, Stone Oak and downtown, and is entertaining guests by presenting the rich culture of Central Mexico with a menu that offers authentic flavors using locally sourced ingredients. They are also introducing their concept, Mexologia, a unique way of incorporating traditional Mexican heritage and flavors into their spirits and cocktail menu. At CuisheMex.com.

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ARTFUL CUISINE

An exploration of gastronomic art inspired by the creative legacy of Frida Kahlo, Frida is a reservation-only, live entertainment dining concept brought to San Antonio by two Northern Mexican families, the Davils and the Vizcarras. Chef Sofia Sada has created an original menu of Mexican flavors with her own unique flair that has made this spot a must-dine. At FridaRestaurantSA.com.

HOLIDAY’S SPIRIT

HOLIDAY’S SPIRIT

We love supporting our cozy, local eateries around wintertime, don’t you? 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 stellar statewide recommendations that are must-dines as the weather turns cooler.

AUSTIN

So Well Done Austin Salad

SO WELL DONE

The Well, Austin’s newest eatery entry, is about as natural as it gets. The new concept from the team at Nova Hospitality incorporates top tier nutrition, functional ingredients, local and sustainable farming, and authentic bold flavors. Choose from pick-up and outdoor dining. At EatWellATX.com.

The Lolo Austin Texas wine bar

BOTTLE SERVICE

The wine bar in town to love is LoLo, with a range of sparkling, white, and red wines…and some vine surprises, too. They also serve small snacks and cheese plates. At Lolo.wine.com.

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REBEL WITH A CAUSE

In the Mueller District, the new favorite kid in town is Rebel Cheese. The vegan deli and wine shop boasts the largest selection of fresh, house-made, artisan vegan cheeses that can’t be beaten. At Rebelcheese.com

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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A TOUCH OF FRANCE

La Tarte Tropézienne, the famed French pâtísserie based in St. Tropez, France, has recently opened its first U.S. location in downtown Dallas. Beyond their renowned namesake tarte, they also offer viennoiserie, sandwiches, wine and champagne, caviar, and more. At LaTarteTropezienne.com

Georgie Dallas Restaurant

I’LL BE OUTBACK

Georgie by Curtis Stone has rebounded from the pandemic punch with refreshed menus that have offerings as distant as Australia where chef Curtis Stone is from, such as the Australian Blackmore wagyu, and seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients from Dallas’ urban backyard. At GeorgieDallas.com.

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KNEAD TO KNOW

Rise & Thyme is the seasonal American café that offers guests a wide variety of options, from salads to sandwiches, pastas to patty melts. Open for takeout, delivery, limited indoor seating, and a full range of outdoor seating in the new downtown AT&T Discovery District. At RiseNThyme.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

CONTEMPORARY MEETS BIER GARDEN

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden, opens its first Houston location and third nationwide on the bustling Washington Corridor at the corner of Washington and Durham. The rustic, yet relaxed open-air concept is a blend of contemporary Italian cuisine and German bier garden. At BottledBlondePizzeria.com/Houston

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OOH LA LA

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café has brought the highly versatile French street fare staple to Houston’s nearby Sugar Land Town Square. With cuisine inspired by the founder’s  frequent trips to crêpe carts while studying in Paris, the venue offers seating inside and on the expansive patio. The menu has a variety of breakfast sweet and savory crépes, in addition to salads, paninis, wine, and champagne. At SweetParis.com.

Adair Restaurant Houston

DOWNTOWN & SLEEK

Located in the Wells Fargo Plaza, the new eatery is perfect for breakfast and brunch. Whether you eat inside or on the patio, you can begin the day with avocado-chorizo toast or swing by for lunch for a quinoa bowl in a stylish environment. At AdairDowntown.com

SAN ANTONIO

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GARDEN DELIGHT

Chef Jason Dady has opened a new concept eatery located within the Sullivan Carriage House at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Jardín serves fresh Mediterranean fare inspired by the gardens, with ingredients served straight from the grounds. Guests can either dine in for lunch or dinner or are invited to obtain pre-packaged style meals-to-go and enjoy a picnic in the garden. At JasonDady.com.  

Los Azulejos San Antonio

BLUE AND BLUER

Located in the heart of Castle Hills, Los Azulejos and its iconic, vibrant interior brings an upscale contemporary concept of authentic Mexican food with dishes that are representative of the vibrant colors and rich flavors of Puebla and Mexico City. The menu features flavorful dishes like Huachinango Zarandeado, Enchiladas Suizas, Ribeye Tacos, and The Lobster Trio. At LosAzulejosRestaurant.com.

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FAVORITE DAUGHTER

Best Quality Daughter, the highly-anticipated new restaurant, by Chefs Jennifer Dobbertin and Quealy Watson, has just opened at Pearl. A concept that pioneers New Asian-American Cuisine, the restaurant experience is inspired by a reflection of the founder’s travels and the comfort food of her youth as a second-generation Chinese-American. A warm, fun, and stylish environment serves as a culinary beacon to locals and travelers alike. At BestQualityDaughter.com.

CUISINE THAT CAN CALM

CUISINE THAT CAN CALM

We love supporting our local eateries, don’t you? 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 cooler.

AUSTIN

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY

McGuire Moorman Hospitality has launched another interesting spot to dine, La Piscina Ceviches & Fajitas, in the Proper Hotel. This poolside restaurant overlooks Shoal Creek, and serves delicious, elevated Mexican and seafood cuisine. At ProperHotel.com.  

HONESTLY, MARY

Honest Mary’s, known for its local and organic bowls, has expanded to a second location in Rosedale. Build your own bowl with grains, seafood, meat, vegetables, and herbs. You will honestly feel healthy, full, and happy. At HonestMarys.com

DOLCE VITA

The beloved Dolce Neve Gelato in Rosedale, which translates as Sweet Snow in English, has opened another location in East Austin. Bright and cheery, with the same smiling faces and unique gelato flavors, this is a perfect time to enjoy their new spot. At DolceNeveGelato.com

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S

Behind the pink wall you’ll find Bernie’s, a new cocktail lounge on the ground floor of Preston Tower. Inside, you’ll find classic cocktails, plus a small menu of bites including flatbread pizzas and dips. Membership is required, but easy to obtain. Bernie’s space is small, holding 60 to 70 people, and the menu is intentionally limited. At Preston Tower.

UNO MAS, POR FAVOR

Apart from classics like fajitas, tacos, and enchiladas, the Henderson eatery also offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian dietary options. The cocktails, based on geographical locations in Mexico, include flavors from Mexico City, as well as coastal and mountain regions. Enjoy weeknight specials like Tequila Tuesday and Date Night Thursdays. Their robust to-go offerings of family meals, margarita kits, and more are also available. At UnoMasDallas.com.

SO PRETTY IN PINK

XOXO Dining Room takes nods from Sketch London, with plush, Barbie-pink seating, Press For Champagne doorbells in each booth, and whimsical trees. Beyond the savory cuisine, save room for the Insta-worthy XOXO Cupcake Wheel, which is alcohol-infused with strawberry champagne. A live DJ performs nightly from Thursday―Saturday to keep the energy lively. Look for the shocking pink exterior–you can’t miss it. At XOXODallas.com.

HOUSTON

THAILAND, MEET HOUSTON

A Kin Dee dining experience is  a true representation of Thailand through its unique flavors, ingredients, and overall vision. Focused on made-from-scratch, authentic, and primarily noodle-based dishes, it delivers native cuisine, exactly like it’s served in Thailand, from a 30-dish menu of approachably adventurous options. At KinDeeThaiCuisine.com.

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HOMETOWN RULES

Returning to his hometown of Houston to launch his first restaurant, Chef Travis McShane has created a true foodie destination with Ostia, a 4500 sq. ft. open-kitchen concept. Located in the heart of Montrose, the extensive restaurant features botanically-inspired, outdoor-oriented interiors, including casually-chic dining spaces, air-conditioned outdoor terraces, and an intimate chef’s table. The farm to table, rustic, and lighter Mediterranean fare with underlying Italian leanings can’t be beat. At OstiaHou.com. ON PHOTO: Photo by Julie Soefer.

ROUX THE DAY

A little bit of New Orleans, okay, a lot, is taking the cuisine scene by storm. The Rouxpour is a Cajun-inspired restaurant with three locations in Houston’s surrounding areas. Guests love its delicious variety of chargrilled oysters, fresh seafood, and inviting atmosphere. At TheRouxPour.com.

SAN ANTONIO

ISLAND FARE

San Antonio chef, Nicola Blaque, owner of the award-winning Jamaican restaurant, The Jerk Shack, has just opened a second dining concept, Mi Roti, located within Pearl’s Bottling Dept. Food Hall. The build-your-own Roti station, dedicated to the classic Caribbean dish, is a favorite. At Mi Roti.

LOCALLY LOVED

Nestled in Alta Vista just north of downtown, 5 Points Local is part restaurant and part yoga studio. The perfect place to take a work meeting or to unwind after a long day. Clean eaters in the Alamo City loyally love this spot for serving delicious 100% Vegan, local, and organically wholesome dishes. At 5PointsLocal.com.

BETTER BURGER

Chef Andrew Weissman, known for his fine dining restaurants across San Antonio, has gained a loyal following throughout the years. His recently opened Mr. Juicy Burger, a more causal concept in Olmos Park, has been a hit since its doors opened. Weissman has taken his fine dining concepts and applied them to a fast-food atmosphere, flipping gourmet burgers, fries and comfort treats at a price point that can’t be beat. At Mr. Juicy Burger.