LET’S TABLE THE DISCUSSION

LET’S TABLE THE DISCUSSION

With everyone returning to restaurants like never before, there are a plethora of new, beautiful ones to try, as well as favorites to try again, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Rob Giardinelli (Houston) and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio).

AUSTIN

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YOUR LOCAL VINTNER

Located in Westlake, Neighborhood Vintner offers over 1,000 wine bottles for retail purchases at varying price points, along with wines available in the store by the glass, all of which pair exquisitely with their charcuterie menu. The locale is perfect for meeting a friend after work, as the first stop on a night out, or to obtain a last-minute host gift en route to a dinner party.

At NeighborhoodVintner.com.

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STEAK-ING A CLAIM

Dean’s Italian Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse with Italian expression that has recently opened its first Texas location. Located downtown on the ground floor of the JW Marriott Austin, Dean’s offers the best cuts of steak, market fresh seafood, and house-made pasta…and a killer happy hour menu to boot.

At DeansSteakhouseAustin.com.

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SEA THE TEX-MEX

Brought to Austin by Tex-Mex restaurant company Trudy’s, Trudy’s Del Mar recently opened in the former South Congress Café location. It offers a nod to its iconic predecessor by continuing its beloved brunch menu while serving unique and exciting seafood dishes inspired by traditional recipes from Mexican Coastal living.

At Trudys.com.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH

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PAN-ASIAN SPECIFIC

Known for its take on Pan-Asian cuisine and craft cocktails, Alice recently launched new menu offerings. The refreshed menu by Ashkan Moeinearaghi, their executive chef, offers memorable dishes centered around sushi, sashimi, and nigiri plates.

At AliceDallas.com.

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RIGHT THIS WAY, SĒR

Located inside the Hilton Anatole, SĒR Steak + Spirits is a contemporary American steakhouse with unparalleled views of the Dallas skyline. They have reopened with a new executive chef, a globally- inspired menu, and a dining experience that ignites the senses.

At SerSteak.com.

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ALL IS FAIR

Running September 30–October 23, this year’s State Fair of Texas is themed Treats Of Texas and there’s no tastier treat than a Fletcher’s Original Corny Dog slathered in mustard. Get your Fletcher’s fix at one of seven stands scattered throughout the fairgrounds. Can’t make the Fair this year? They ship nationally through Goldbelly.

At FletchersCornyDogs.com.

HOUSTON

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LUNCH ON THE MENU

A hit since it opened for happy hour and dinner service this spring, The Warwick recently added lunch to its stellar dining repertoire. The New American fare, with a Southern Twist lunch menu, features culinary classics such as Shrimp Po’ Boy and Cajun pasta, as well as a delectable Cobb salad.

At WarwickHouston.com.

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HAMSA MORE

Recently opened in Rice Village, Hamsa is a Modern Israeli restaurant featuring elevated classics from the Middle East. Shared plates are recommended, and the space also features a six-person chef’s table, called Yalla Yalla, where culinary connoisseurs can sample a curation of the chef’s top selections. At HamsaHTX.com.

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SHACK DADDY

Opening its first location in Houston, California-based Daddy’s Chicken Shack offers a wide range of scrumptious chicken offerings that are a fusion of American South and Southeastern Asian flavors. The menu also features breakfast and vegan offerings so the whole family can enjoy.

At DaddysChickenShack.com.

SAN ANTONIO

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SUGAR FIX

Sugar Factory American Brasserie, the eatery known for its over-the-top dishes and treats, has opened its second Texas location in downtown San Antonio. The world-famous, family-friendly, high-energy celebration destination has been designed to give guests an interactive experience filled with memorable moments.

At SugarFactory.com.

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PEARL DROP-IN

The much-anticipated Carriqui at the Pearl aims to honor its past and usher in the next chapter with the very best offerings that create a space for joyful gathering. Named after the green jay of South Texas, it features fresh seafood from the Gulf, Rio Grande-inspired botana platters, pit-cooked barbacoa and brisket, a masa program, and a robust cocktail and beverage program.

At CarriquiTX.com

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FULL & HAPPY

Located at the Pearl, Full Goods Diner serves scratch-made, seasonally-driven food for breakfast and lunch. In addition, it serves comforting and familiar everyday food to connect the restaurant  to its central and South Texas roots of Mexican and American fare. The design also embodies the warm and welcoming environment with rich wooden accents, plenty of natural light, and a greenhouse-style entry.

At FullGoodsDiner.com.

CHOW BELLA

CHOW BELLA

With everyone returning to restaurants en masse, there are a plethora of new, beautiful ones to try, as well as favorites to try again, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston) and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio).

AUSTIN

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SEIZING THE DAY

Maie Day is the newest dining establishment in the always happening South Congress Hotel. A classic chophouse with plenty of seafood and salad offerings means there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

At MaieDay.com.

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RAISE THE BAR

This new restaurant located downton, Diner Bar, offers an Austin vibe meets Southern style cuisine with the highlight being a delectable oyster bar. Also, not to be missed are their delicious vodka flights…perfect to start…or end your meal.

At TheDiner-BarAustin.com.

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FRESH & CASUAL

The popular Ft. Worth eatery, Salsa Limón, has opened it’s first location outside of DFW on the northern edge of UT Campus. Offering fresh, fast casual Mexican food, it is the perfect stop for UT alumns and those visiting their children on the UT campus.

At SalsaLimón.com.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH

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WHEN NOT IN ROME

Recently opened in Uptown’s West Village, Fiatto is a casual chef-driven American-Italian restaurant featuring a menu rooted in seasonality. Enjoy a menu of Italian favorites where almost everything is made from scratch including breads, pastas, mozzarella, burrata, all sauces and stocks.

At FiattoDFW.com.

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LUCKY YOU

Back on the menu at Truluck’s after an extended absence is the delicious Lobster Mac and Cheese side dish served with chunks of Maine lobster and pasta in a gooey cheese sauce topped with fresh herbs and toasted breadcrumbs. Available without the lobster as well, but why?

At Trulucks.com.

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INTERIOR FLAIR

In the Design District you’ll find The Mexican offering discerning diners an upscale, authentic Northern Mexican-inspired cuisine. The Mexican spares no details with an eclectic tequila wall and tasting table, an eccentric cigar lounge equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation, and multi-level, and picturesque outdoor patios.

At TheMexican.com.

HOUSTON

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EVERYTHING IS AT STEAK

The much-anticipated modern Italian chophouse, Marmo, is in the stylish new Montrose Collective mixed-use development in the heart of Houston. The menu puts steaks into the spotlight with an array of premium hand-cuts from local, domestic, and international purveyors. The 22-page wine list primarily focuses on Italian varietals by the glass and a cellar’s collection with back vintage gems.

At MarmoItalian.com.

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SHARE & SHARE ALIKE

Opened in June, Postino La Centerra provides a unique dining addition to the upscale shopping district, featuring a spacious 3900-square-foot mid-century modern, open-air layout. It includes rollaway glass walls and an expansive patio to indulge in a menu chock-full of shareables, with a selection of beer and the menu’s 30-plus wines.

At PostinoWineCafe.com.

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BE A GOOD CITIZEN

Citizen, the 6,000-square-foot space located in a mid-century modern space will soon morph into a sophisticated bar and glossy lounge destined to draw power players, celebrities, pro athletes, business moguls, media titans and social stars in equal measure.

At CitizenHTX.com.

SAN ANTONIO

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TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS

Inspired by the open-air markets in Rome, Arrosta at the Pearl is a cafe that brings the seasoned flavors of Italian street food to Texas for the first time. Experience the bohemian charm, fiery attitude and Italian-style rotisserie café and bakery.

At ArrostaPearl.com.

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MIDDLE EASTERN FARE

Located at the Hotel Emma, Ladino is the new eatery brought by the folks at Emmer & Rye in Austin, who created the wildly successful TLV. When it opens this summer, Ladino will pay homage to the creator’s Sephardic roots with a menu centered around the charcoal grill, which plays a lead role in the Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines.

At LadinoSATX.com.

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WELL, HOLA YOU

Located at the entrance of the arts districts Southtown and King William, with Hola’s romantic patio offering the best view of the city’s landmark Tower of the Americas, this Mexican cuisine destination uses only the freshest ingredients on an ever-changing menu.

At HolaTapas.com.

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

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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.