Restaurants in Texas
Noted by publications like Bon Appetit and Southern Living, Abacus opened in 1997 and continues to be a popular place for Uptown Dallas notables.
At this unassuming restaurant in Cherrywood, local chef-owner Hoover Alexander serves Deep South—style comfort food with Tex-Mex, Cajun, and Jamaican influences.
Located in Dallas's vibrant University Park neighborhood, Shinsei's name translates as "rebirth" or "new beginning.” Inside, the sushi bar and Pan Asian restaurant boasts bright green banquettes, a hand cut wood foyer, and candle-lit tables.
Often lauded as the best Italian restaurant in Houston, Da Marco is set in an unassuming Montrose cottage that belies an elegant interior of hardwood floors, white tablecloths, and pale yellow walls.
Believe it or not, the most famous barbecue joint in Texas, the Salt Lick, is easy to miss—if your windows are rolled up. Roll them down, and the smoky scent from the divine mesquite-fired pit will draw you right into the parking lot of this ever-expanding low-slung temple of meat.
Ultra-modern loft space serving updated Texas chophouse classics
Torchy’s Tacos is the little taco trailer that made a name for itself, and is now not only a taco stand in the hipster enclave of South Austin, but a growing chain with several locations in Austin and a new location in Houston.
Located in midtown Houston along the light rail line, Julia’s Bistro offers modern Latin cuisine served amid fresh flowers and vibrant color block walls. The restaurant is also dimly lit and features classic white tablecloths on widely spaced tables, making it a popular choice for date night.
Situated in the historic Magnolia district, this Italian restaurant is easily recognizable by its black-and-white-striped awning and the long line of patrons waiting for a seat in the six-table dining room.
What It’s Like: The layout of this Austin favorite is a marvel in itself; 40 tiered decks—that can hold up to 2,200 people—jut out from a 450-foot-high cliff over Travis Lake.
Said to be one of the only authentic Sardinian restaurants in the country, Houston’s Arcodoro seeks to transport diners to this beautiful island off the Italian coast.
Thanks to a tagline that promises Churrascos is "further south than you have ever been before," patrons expect to find the best Latin American American food in Houston at Michael Cordúa's upscale restaurant, and it certainly delivers.