Lucky Sailor's Lakeside Grill blends jaw-dropping views of the water and jaw-shutting meat and seafood dishes to scenically savory effect. While you wait for your life's first mate to park the boat on top of the parking lot's dirtiest car, nibble on Nearly Famous Diamondbacks, bacon-wrapped jalapeños stuffed with shrimp and jack cheese ($8), before deep-sea dining on a plate of fiesta-fried gulf-shrimp, crispy morsels fried and served in a spicy cocktail sauce ($17). People born with the heads—and bodies—of parrots, meanwhile, will relish every bite of the Cheeseburger in Paradise, a half-pound of Angus beef lounging on a jalapeno-bun cushion with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles that's best when paired with Lucky Sailor's locally made beers and wines ($8). When the summer weather returns from its vacation in a warmer climate, dine in open-air style on Canyon Lake or dollop a dessert of fried cheesecake and raspberry sauce ($7) with a spot of live music on Sundays and Thursdays.
Bottles of red and white wine line floor-to-ceiling racks in each room of Luce Ristorante e Enoteca. The restaurant's selection is so voluminous and varied that it has earned the Notable Wine List Diners? Choice Award from OpenTable. The Zagat-rated restaurant holds very good to excellent ratings across the board, and has picked up other awards from OpenTable, including Best Ambiance, Neighborhood Gem, and Outdoor Dining. That ambiance includes stone columns inset with glowing lights that flank vibrant paintings in the main dining room, where waiters deliver housemade potato gnocchi in a gorgonzola-cream sauce, or wild mushrooms scattered across housemade pizza dough. Outside, cement pillars hold up a wooden-lattice roof on the patio, and a fireplace proffers a nice place to warm hands before patty-cake marathons.
Amid the relaxed environment characterized by earth-toned walls and dangling light fixtures, diners sit at River City Seafood and Grill?s dark-wooden tables or plush booths. In the kitchen, cooks grill and saut? an eclectic selection of classic and Cajun seafood specialties, including nine fried seafood platters at dinner and four types of po-boys at lunch. To accommodate diners with gluten intolerances, they tweak 15 of the menu?s most popular items including fish tacos, shrimp scampi, and a 14-ounce USDA Choice ribeye.
Though they now graze in Texan fields, the Akaushi herd that supplies Bohanan’s beef is descended from imported Japanese Wagyu cattle. Their exceptionally marbled meat makes for tender, heart-healthy cuts of filet, new york strip, and rib eye.
Guajillo’s eschews Tex-Mex recipes for authentic Mexican ones, preferring to rely on mild and spicy chilies for flavor rather than grease or lard. Try the albondigas (meatballs) drenched in chipotle-pepper sauce or the mahi-mahi fillet, which is sautéed in garlic and cilantro butter.
Texas Harbor Seafood's chefs hand bread fresh catches and assemble both individual platters and family-size portions of seafood and comfort fare. After perusing the menu, diners can declare their allegiance in surf vs. turf skirmishes, choosing from a roster of palatable options that includes a half-pound of crab legs ($8.99) or chicken-fried steak ($6.29). Twenty catfish nuggets perform original choreography from A Chorus Line before simultaneously splashing through tangy tartar sauce ($11.99). Families can feed every Tom, Dick, and Popeye with a 13-piece order of Alaskan pollock ($18.89), and individuals can keep an order of grilled salmon all to themselves ($8.99).