An Englishman walks into a Texas BBQ. That sounds like the setup of a corny joke. But when twang-free British meat lover Jason Dennis took the reins of the former Chisholm Trail Icehouse & BBQ, added new recipes to its established menu, and reincarnated it as the new BBQ 512, there was no punchline. Just lines of barbecue fanatics drawn in by the the wavering aromas emanating from Jason's meat smoker. To boast the ?best ?que in the 512" is a mighty big boast in any Texas area code, but Jason and his gregarious staff put their money where your mouth is when it comes to their generously-portioned meats and sides. Plates and sandwiches come packed with your choice of brisket, pork loin, turkey, pork ribs, and sausage, and savory sides such as squash, potato salad, and mac and cheese make up for the fact that pork doesn't grow in gardens. Much more than a meat shack, BBQ 512 also sports a homey sports bar with brew specials for big-game watching, and caters to events such as weddings, tailgates, and gatherings of relapsed former competitive eaters.
The Whole Bite's health-conscious cooks draw upon fitness training to fill plates with nutritious, ready-made meals prepared with natural ingredients. The menu eschews artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, and peer-pressuring sugar-plum fairies to present satisfying dishes such as lime- and cilantro-laced chicken on a bed of garlic brown rice ($6.75–$8). Seasoned and seared lean pork tenderloin ($7.50–$8) rides on the shoulders of a crowd of organic sweet potatoes, and spicy buffalo-beef chili with quinoa ($7.75–$9.25) delivers slow-cooked flavors to busy diners preoccupied with long work days, errands, and modern-art projects occupying all of their kitchen's pots and pans.
The chefs at Kerbey Lane Cafe have spent decades combining locally sourced ingredients to craft a menu brimming with eclectic breakfast fare, Mexican-tinged entrees, and rotating seasonal dishes served all day long. Batter craftsmen flip stacks of Kerbey Lane's signature homemade pancakes ($2.99–$5.39), dressed up in a full wardrobe of adventurous flavors including gingerbread, apple whole wheat, vegan, and crushed velvet. The SoLa enchiladas pack tortillas with portobello mushrooms, spinach, and cheddar-jack cheese under a downpour of your choice of sauce ($7.99). Groups can scoop through an appetizer of the Kerbey queso ($8.09)—guacamole blanketed with queso and pico de gallo and served with tortilla chips for dipping and flinging at open-mouthed dinner dates.
The blazing red interior of Fireoak Grill mimics the fiery grill many of the offerings on the menu emerge from. This casual interior invites visitors to stroll up to the counter to place their orders, whether it's sizzling double cheeseburgers, blackened fish tacos, veggie quesadillas, or steak wraps lined with homemade sauces and salsa. Plates of salmon, tilapia, and chicken dinners are served with two sides like homemade onion rings, and everything can be paired with wine and silverware brought from home.
Nobody does Southern hospitality like Texas Roadhouse. Established in 1993 as Kent Taylor’s family business, the Roadhouse quickly grew to become an international dining establishment. The secret to their success? Only using the highest quality steaks and the freshest ingredients day in and day out. Some of the most fantastical culinary creations offered at the Steakhouse include their hand-cut steaks (which are as lovingly prepared as their name implies), freshly-baked buns (that explode in a plume of delicious-smelling steam when you crack them open), and their Legendary Margarita (whose name isn’t just for show). In addition to food that’s lip-smacking good, the Texas Roadhouse also features line-dancer shows to keep you entertained while you dine, a jukebox that’s every old-timey music lover’s dream, and a set of friendly servers that genuinely care about your dining experience.
Rich, yellow threads of saffron melt into the stews and kebab marinades simmering in the kitchen of Shandeez Grill Restaurant. Family plates cover tables with a variety of Persian-style kebabs to share or play pickup sticks with, and Greek recipes entertain diners with flavorful gyro wraps and cool tzatziki sauce. On select nights, live music mixes with the scent of seared meat on the grill and sweet hookah smoke snaking through the dining room.