When viewing the eatery's exterior, Éclair Bistro appears to be a small, conservative dwelling. But inside, the quaint dining room bustles with bright French-inspired cuisine crafted by chefs Aaron and Lynn—a mother and son team who curate the dynamic menu of old New Orleans dishes made in house from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Among them, classics such as imported escargot simmer in a rich herbed butter, and pan-roasted duck breast mingles with poached pears and roasted potatoes in a tart raspberry gastrique.
White Rhino Coffee is about more than just coffee—although really good coffee is of the utmost importance here. Open early and closing late, the cafe serves as a place where strangers can become friends over caffeine-fueled conversations and laughter. Along with classic french press, espresso, and drip coffees, the staff recommends tasty drinks like nonfat iced dirty peppermint chai. "Edibles" such as house-baked cookies, muffins, fresh fruit, and scrumptious sandwiches keep bellies full and quiet during events like open mic night and group naps.
Dick Woodward found his family in the restaurant industry—literally. In the 1970s, he began managing restaurants throughout Texas and Georgia and eventually landed at The Hoffbrau, where he met his wife, Teril. By 1985, they were operating their own small chain of cafés in downtown Dallas, but their desire to return to Dick’s hometown of Cedar Hill led to a new plan. Soon they relocated there and opened Dick’s Uptown Cafe in 2009, filling plates with their return-trip-beckoning pancakes, philly cheesesteaks, and the whole mess, a breakfast hodgepodge of hash browns, onions, and a choice of breakfast meat capped with two cheesy eggs.
Dick and Teril recently expanded their menu to include dinner, lining up entrees as varied as pork tenderloin steeped in olive oil and build-your-own burgers. Patrons and owls curious about what mornings are all about are still always welcome to order from the all-day breakfast menu.
Even though he owned a pizza restaurant and was the CFO of an accounting firm, Alexander C. Lim couldn't help but feel bothered by an epicurean vacuum in his Texas community—what he called a "lack of fast, quality Japanese cuisine." So he completely switched gears, quitting his job to found Avocado California Roll & Sushi.
Clearly, his neighbors agreed that Avocado's tasty sushi rolls and pan-fried noodles were missing from their lives as the restaurant now has locations throughout Texas and one in Louisiana. Alexander hopes that one day, Avocado will be considered the McDonalds of Japanese restaurants.
At The Buzzer Grill and Bar, half-pound signature burgers destroy hunger alongside cold beers and beef mishkaki bathed in ginger. Robust build-your-own-burger creations can be customized with mix-ins and toppings such as eggs and avocado. HDTVs broadcast sporting events and live meditation tournaments until the bar's doors close at 1 a.m. on Thursdays–Sundays.
The gastronomic maestros at Machete Bar and Grill whip up authentic Mexican dishes in a bright and festive setting. Silence a growling stomach or snoring incisor with a plate of homemade chili rellenos filled with chicken, shrimp, cheese, or beef ($10.99). Fajita chimichangas come deep fried and plated with rice, beans, and guacamole ($9.49), while traditional quesadillas are jammed with meat and melted cheese before being doused with guac, sour cream, and pico de gallo ($9.79). The Amayas Deluxe provides a smorgasbord of grilled shrimp, chicken-fajita meat, and grilled quail ($14.99) to slay fuming hunger dragons as dashingly as Beowulf trying to impress a new girlfriend. Machete Bar and Grill’s brightly colored walls sport the work of local artists, giving rambunctious eyes something better to do than wink suggestively at impressionable salt shakers.
During every massage session at Seeton Touch Massage, therapist Christina Seeton incorporates techniques from trigger-point therapy, putting pressure on tender areas that connect to and affect tension in distant parts of the body. Her certification in this therapy, as well as hot-stone massage and reflexology, makes her especially adept at the centuries-old, cross-cultural art of massage. Her tranquil workspace is lit by candles and filled with the sounds of burbling water, which, when played slowly, sounds like someone whispering, "Go to sleep."