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

GALA COUTURE

GALA COUTURE

Ballet Austin’s Fête and fête*ish Features Celestino Couture Runway Show

By Rob Giardinelli    –    Photography by John Pesina

 

THE SETTING: Austin’s JW Marriott was the recent setting for the Ballet Austin Fête and fête*ish after-party. This year’s event, Fête Couture kicked off the Austin fall gala season in high style. During the course of the evening, over 600 guests fortunate enough to be a part of the festivities were treated to a fabulous evening of fun and fashion.

THE STYLE: The night began in the ballroom foyer for cocktail hour. Over 300 black-tie clad attendees took advantage of the stylish theme by donning their finest interpretation of couture that created a seamless and beautiful tapestry with women wearing everything from bold prints to  sequined gowns. The men donned tuxedos, many of whom took the liberty of wearing colorful dinner jackets that reflected bold fashion choices.

The action then moved to the ballroom for the main program where, Master of Ceremonies, Society Texas’ own Lance Avery Morgan, effortlessly kept the festivities flowing, all the while an additional 300 partygoers were getting the fête*ish Fashion Never Sleeps after- party revved-up in the ballroom next door. Fête and fete*ish were then fused together as one party when the doors opened between the two ballrooms to reveal fête*ish well under way. Then, the start of the dazzling runway show, courtesy of internationally renowned-designer Celestino Couture, featured 23 stunning looks that brought the crowd to their feet. The afterparty ensured that the fun continued well into the night as guests danced the night away and toasted the success of the evening.

THE PURPOSE: Fête was chaired by Kara and Matt Swinney and fête*ish was co-chaired by Cassandra King Polidori and Stephanie O’Neill. Proceeds from both events benefited Ballet Austin, which is led by Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills. The mission of Ballet Austin is to share the joy of dance by providing accessible and exceptional arts and arts education programs for the Central Texas community.

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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