A chandelier of wineglasses hangs above a stone bar inside Mystic Grape, a cafe and wine bar with a rustic, yet elegant decor "that will remind you of Napa," according to Texas Monthly. A menu of tapas and entrees, such as filet mignon topped with a seafood medley, complement the spot's extensive wine list. Visit on select dates to hear live music, or settle in for a game of chess at tables flanked by comfortable wingback armchairs.
When Kipps Cheesesteak first opened in June 2010, owner Kipp wasn't sure if he'd be able to sell the 36 rolls he bought for the day. He shouldn't have worried—he was completely sold out by 11:45 a.m.
It seems that customers couldn't get enough of the cheesesteaks, which were served in classic fashion—rib eye topped with caramelized onions and slathered in Cheez Whiz or provolone—or jazzed up with green chilies, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce. The eatery is still going strong, and in addition to cheesesteaks, serves burgers, hot dogs, creative salads, and housemade cheesecakes.
The signature hot sandwiches and 23 types of frosty beers perch atop Kipps's retro-style bar, which is equipped with several wide-screen TVs broadcasting sports games and only the least-obnoxious car-insurance commercials.
Light streams through a vast Tiffany glass dome and illuminates an elegant dining room with help from glittering chandeliers. This is the first thing most diners notice upon stepping into The Dome Restaurant's dining area, an elegant eatery located within the Camino Real hotel. The kitchen churns out upscale fare that includes grilled prime rib eye served with a spicy red-pepper horseradish chimichurri and mashed potatoes, duck-confit spring rolls, and pan-seared fillets with orange sauce. A luxurious rug sprawls across The Dome Restaurant’s floor, and intimate tables invite diners to linger alongside vaulted, arched windows. Directly beneath the showstopping, ornately carved ceiling, backed stools perform maypole dances around a circular bar, which had its edges filed down by a Brobdingnagian manicurist.
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Medallions Bistro offers a mix of traditional bistro fare and innovative American cuisine in a casual dining setting. Start off strong with the spicy mango shrimp canapés appetizer ($9), or sample the battered sweet corn croquettes ($6). The bison burger ($8), veggie fettucine alfredo ($9) and grilled salmon salad ($9) are just a few of the options that eaters will find cozily familiar, like a pet parrot that knows your social security number. The most popular entrée is the namesake beef tenderloin medallions ($21), served on a fluffy mattress of basmati rice and topped with your choice of signature sauce; options include a red wine demi-glaze, a balsamic strawberry sauce, and a creamy green chile. Flourish to a finish with a slice of the pineapple upside-down cake ($5) or a chunk of chocolate lava cake ($5).
Tabla’s shareable tapas plates encourage lively dinners as diners grab crispy tempura green beans, bacon-wrapped dates, or herb-marinated olives to toss into the mouth of a significant other or a passing policeman. Larger dishes hold heartier meals, such as housemade gnocchi, flank steak, and mussels doused in a fennel-butter broth. To accompany savory bites, table sangria arrives laden with fresh fruit and classic manhattans quench thirst.
As the emcees of The Garden's Independence Day weekend celebration, Steve Aoki and a bevy of supporting DJs light up the upscale restaurant with an explosive display of dance beats. From 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Independence Eve, The Garden's chefs apply their culinary expertise to the grilling of complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs, and 8-track tapes. Later, music from artists such as Bulletproof Tigers and DJ Omar Garnica fills the restaurant, bouncing off the indoor trees and the outdoor patio's billowing cloth ceiling. DJ Steve Aoki takes the stage to finish the party, pumping out house music from his tour as well as his electronica remix of "God Bless America," recently voted by Congress to be the new national anthem.