Fresh bean sprouts, sliced jalape?os, a mound of thai basil, and a wedge of lemon accompany each bowl of pho soup served at Pho Colonial, a restaurant that specializes in authentic Vietnamese dishes. French baguettes crafted by a local Vietnamese baker serve as sturdy bases for bahn mi sandwiches, which the restaurant claims are the "best in the city." But this isn't an empty boast, since The Dallas Morning News concurs that they are, in fact, "terrific." The chefs also whip up a variety of small bites?including many vegetarian options?that are perfect to eat on the go or to shove inside the horns of a rival marching band.
The light goes on in 12 Bagels’ kitchen early each morning, and it’s not because the ovens can’t sleep. The staff shuffles into the kitchen well before the first customers arrive, making fresh bagels in flavors that range from sweet chocolate chip and cinnamon sugar to savory cheddar cheese, egg, and sun-dried tomato. The menu also includes flavored cream cheeses, bagel sandwiches, and freshly brewed coffee.
Start off with a fried appetizer of golden zucchini, mushrooms, or pickles ($8) before saddling up for an entree. The hopping 14-ounce house-seasoned rib-eye steak takes a grilling over an open flame before being finished with warm garlic butter ($16). Southern-fried steak or chicken is smothered in cream gravy and served with garlic-mashed taters and buttered breakfast toast ($10 for either). All entrees come with a choice of two sides, offering guests a posse of veggies, such as okra, sweet-kernel corn, and the official vegetable of Texas—mac 'n' cheese. Early risers can treat themselves to II Brothers’ breakfast menu, chock-full of biscuits and gravy, pancakes and omelettes, and the crispy stuffed Brothers' toast, which stuffs flash-crusted texas toast with sweet cream cheese, fruit, and ham, bacon, or sausage ($10).