The skilled chefs at La Bistro Italian Restaurant tempt Texan taste buds with their authentic Italian menu stuffed with a variety of meats, seafood, and homemade pastas. An appetizer of fried calamari ($5.95–$6.95) provides an audible crunch capable of harmonizing with meandering jackhammers, and the fettuccini Bistro sates aqueous appetites with shrimp and crab meat blanketed in a shallots-and-cream wine sauce ($10.95–$16.95). Romantic twosomes can trade noodle kisses with every entree's spaghetti side, including the rich baked ziti ($7.95–$10.95) and the filet mignon madeira topped with mushrooms and a madeira wine sauce ($14.95–$25.95). Invertebrate options run from escargot in mushroom caps ($6.95) to calamari marinara, topped with prosciutto, zucchini, and cheese ($14.95). As La Bistro's delectable cuisine wins over palates, eyes occupy themselves with Romanesque murals, high ceilings, and elegant chair upholstery.
Some people could just eat tacos all day. And Tacos Y Mas helps make it possible with signature tacos alongside special breakfast tacos that incorporate scrambled eggs. The Mexican grill’s staff load their double-tortilla tacos with classics such as chorizo and eggs or one of their signature blends such as the cowboy, whose smoked jalapeno, beef sausage, and egg mixture secured the taqueria a spot on D-Magazine’s list of Best Breakfast Tacos in Dallas in 2010. While they do serve up their breakfast dishes all day, they can also fill tortillas with more traditional Mexican favorites such as shredded chicken in a chipotle sauce, grilled shrimp sprinkled with onion and cilantro, or the heart-healthy grilled vegetables in a chipotle salsa. But as their name suggests, they don’t just serve tacos—"mas" covers grande nachos, Cuban sandwiches, and trios of queso, guacamole, and salsa roja for guests who like dips but not decisions.
Since 1994, the cooks at Bluebonnet Café have whipped up a menu of homemade comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Diners dig into the hungry man's breakfast, quickly guiding forks through mounds of eggs and a meaty trio of ham, sausage, and bacon served with hash browns or grits ($7.50). Mexican-style options such as eggs ranchero awaken taste buds with spicy salsa, which emits a high-pitched alarm only audible to soft palates ($5). Midday munchers latch onto the half-pound bacon and swiss burger ($6), and fingers turn to utensils to maintain decorum while eating the juicy pot roast ($7) or the fried chicken topped with cream gravy ($7). Meals are served in a comfortable and eclectic environment, with walls boasting nostalgic décor from I Love Lucy, Wizard of Oz, and a yet-to-be-made radio serial about improbable collectibles.
In Italy, l’aperitivo is time for socializing with friends over drinks and light snacks. Aperitivos Coffee & Wine Bar supplies this exact respite amid old-country surrounds of dark woods, brick, and stucco walls. Here, baristas add splashes of flavoring, such as sugar-free hazelnut, to Segafredo Coffee, or use it to craft caffeinated favorites like chai lattes. Bartenders, meanwhile, pour reds and white from an extensive list with selections that span everywhere from Argentina to Washington State.
All beverages complement upscale bistro fare, including six-ounce marinated steaks finished with blue cheese butter or flatbread pizzas topped with roasted chicken and a creamy garlic-and-onion sauce. On most weekends, feasts unfold as local musicians grace the Aperitivos stage with soothing tunes.
Taking inspiration from the fusion of cultures found in India, Ista Indian Cuisine gives diners a chance to discover unique flavors from across the subcontinent. Indian cooking reflects thousands of years of cultural interactions, the results of which make the restaurant’s menu items as eclectic as the history behind them. Ista features North Indian specials, such as chole bhature—a chickpea and tomato curry paired with fried flat bread—and South Indian specials, such as savory lentil pancakes topped with mixed vegetables. Inside the clay ovens, kebabs sizzle and naan bake around onion, paneer, and other stuffings. For diners on the move or in the middle of a marathon, Ista also features a to-go selection complete with starters, entrees, and desserts.