India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan—Basmati Grill's spices and culinary traditions hail from these and other far-flung locales, landing on plates in the form of kebabs, seafood, and curries. Vegetarians have a sprawling selection of fare to choose from, but others will find goat, lamb, and fish on the menu. You can wake up on Sunday morning with a brunch buffet of traditional breakfasts and lunches, and drop by on Friday nights for the Bangladeshi buffet. There's no corkage fee for the bottles guests bring from home, so it's easy for diners to drink their favorite wine or beer.
Le Peep's focus on breakfast and lunch stems from a decision made more than 40 years ago, when Buddy and Rhoda Waldman opened The Village Pantry in Aspen, Colorado, and—not wanting to miss a half day of skiing—would close the kitchen each day before noon. The duo would continue to tinker with their concept, stare at it through a novelty-sized microscope, and change its name before it eventually migrated to Texas. Nowadays, the kitchen staff perpetuates the breakfast-crafting tradition by offering omelets, eggs benedict, skillets, and build-your-own pancake options that use ingredients such as walnuts, bacon, pineapple, and chocolate chips. Traditional dishes are augmented with unique twists, such as the Gooey Buns, english muffins broiled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and almonds and served with a signature side of Mom's Sassy Apples. During midday hours, a variety of salads, burgers, and sandwiches parades out of the kitchen accompanied by smoothies, juices, or Mother Parkers coffee. Le Peep's catering service delivers breakfast and lunch fare to homes, events, or filibustered neighborhood-watch meetings.
Spanning more than 8,000 square feet, The Cellar Restaurant & Bar has ample space to fit several dining experiences under one roof. Submerged in the glow of purple backlights and flat-screen TVs, the 40-foot fully stocked bar stretches across one wall and invites patrons to kick back with a beer or specialty drink while socializing with the lively crowd. In the dining room, a more low-key evening rides in on the heels of lunch and dinner menus full of half-pound burgers, flat iron steaks, and pulled pork sandwiches. Just outside, the canal-facing patio offers shots of fresh air, music, and ample seating amid trees and strings of light bulbs after dark. Many evenings also offer a number of special events, such as Beat the Teach pub trivia. The Cellar also delivers its classic American food to local homes and businesses.
Bodacious Cones is really three things in one: a coffee shop, a smoothie bar, and a gourmet snow-cone emporium. For the young at heart, staffers blend together premium cream, cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more to create more than 100 flavors of its signature sweet cream treat, one for every hour of the day. For the young at heart, staffers blend together cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more with its signature sweet cream ?Chaa? to create more than 100 gourmet treats. The shop also brews a smooth and tasty blend of Kona coffee and serves the caffeine-packed beverage hot, iced, or as a frappe.
From the recipes to the friendly nature of the staff, just about every ingredient at Smokey Jack's BBQ has a family feel to it. The eatery sweetens the air at the corner of Royal Lane and MacArthur by seasoning and preparing barbecue favorites—ribs, brisket, pulled pork—right on site. But it also saves room on its menu for not-so-traditional items, such as stuffed potatoes and the Big Jack po' boy. On that, visitors choose to top either a hot link or smoked sausage with brisket, pulled pork, or chopped chicken. Those same visitors can also take advantage of complimentary beer, so long as they opt to dine-in, are of age, and aren't a wine cask.
At its heart, Cesar Taqueria is a Mexican restaurant?tacos brim with meat, cheese, and brightly colored veggies. But the eatery invites its guests to engage in activities other than eating, from watching a sports game on one of the TVs lining the wall to performing karaoke. The latter is done on a stage with a projector, which is also the the setting for cabaret performances, parties, and sonnets about tacos.