Restaurants

Top Choice Creole in Uptown & Riverbend

Clancy's

This white-tablecloth neighborhood restaurant embraces style, the good life and Creole cuisine with a chattering joie de vivre and top-notch service. The city's professional set comes here to gossip and savor the sp…
Top Choice Louisianan in French Quarter

Bayona

Bayona is one of our favorite splurges in the Quarter. It’s rich but not overwhelming, classy but unpretentious, innovative without being precocious, and all round just a very fine spot for a meal. The menu changes …
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Torrey

Cafe Diablo

One of southern Utah's best, with outstanding, highly stylized Southwestern cooking, including vegetarian dishes that burst with flavor. Think stuffed poblano peppers with quinoa and red chili mole (a sauce of compl…
Top Choice Creole in CBD & Warehouse District

Restaurant August

For a little romance, reserve a table at Restaurant August, an outpost of chef John Besh’s restaurant empire. This converted 19th-century tobacco warehouse, with its flickering candles and warm, soft shades, earns a…
Top Choice Creole in Mid-City & the Tremé

Dooky Chase

Ray Charles wrote ‘Early in the Morning’ about Dooky’s; civil rights leaders used it as informal headquarters in the 1960s; and Barack Obama ate here after his inauguration. Leah Chase’s labor of love is the backbon…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

HomeState

Texan expat Briana Valdez is behind this rustic ode to the Lone Star State. Locals queue patiently for authentic breakfast tacos such as the Trinity, a handmade flour tortilla topped with egg, bacon, potato and ched…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in South Austin

Güero's Taco Bar

Set in a former feed-and-seed store from the late 1800s, Güero's is an Austin classic and always draws a crowd. It may not serve the best Tex-Mex in town but with its free chips and salsa, refreshing margaritas and …
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Dallas

Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

The interior here is just acceptable: dark and roomy. But that's good as it doesn't get in the way of the beauty you'll find on your plate. Regional Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes are cooked with attitude and authority.…
Top Choice Cajun in Houston

Brennan’s of Houston

The most famous name in New Orleans cooking runs this refined restaurant in Midtown. It's no mere offshoot but is a culinary temple all of its own. New Orleans flavors are blended with Texas, ingredients are über-fr…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Dove's Luncheonette

Grab a seat at the retro counter for Tex-Mex plates of pork-shoulder posole and shrimp-stuffed sweet-corn tamales. Dessert? It's pie, of course, maybe lemon cream or peach jalapeno, depending on what staff have bake…