Part family-style restaurant, part sports bar, part music venue?Jackie's Brickhouse aims to be all things to all people by creating an environment where guests can enjoy anything from a quick bite to a spirited night out with friends. This welcoming spirit is readily apparent throughout the menu of classic comfort foods, which features eight-ounce Angus burgers and country fried chicken with cream gravy alongside hand-tossed, thin-crust pizzas. The chefs also seek out fresh crawfish whenever they become available and they demonstrate a willingness to get creative by cooking upscale items such as the bourbon-glazed Alaskan salmon topped with poached pear. With its large collection of picnic tables and high-top wooden tables, the spacious main dining area features more than enough places to settle in and indulge in one of the hearty entr?es.
A fleet of 25 plasma televisions adorn the walls, although the sounds of sports fade away whenever Jackie's Brickhouse hosts live musical performances. These performances are regularly scheduled throughout the week and never include a cover charge, encouraging visitors to hang around and tap their toes to the melodies or dance to the warm-up scales. Jackie's Brickhouse also features a separate game room stuffed with pool tables, dartboards, shuffleboard tables, and arcade games for anyone looking to unwind over a quick face-off.
In true farm-to-table fashion, Chef Coco Hogue of Tabella at Clear Creek Winery sources the majority of her ingredients from onsite gardens, local farmers, ranchers, and other homegrown producers. Each day before dinner service, she strolls through the restaurant’s backyard picking items for the day’s menu such as herbs, baby vegetables, and forks from the silverware tree. As a photographer and painter, Chef Hogue believes in beautiful presentation, which she achieves by delicately plating entrees such as coffee-rubbed pork loin and grilled quail with sides such as potato gratin and brussels-sprout hash. During three- to twelve-course dinners, fresh seafood found within 5 miles of the restaurant is one of four protein choices, and it is prepared to match the evening’s wine selection.
Handcrafted wines flow freely inside the elegant tasting room of Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery. Made with grapes sourced straight from the sunny vineyards of Texas and California, varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, malbec, sangiovese, and chenin blanc line the racks along the walls and are available to taste by the pour right at the bar. The Clear Creek team was recently joined by executive chef Michael Calvino, who has crafted a farm-to-table menu ideal for wine pairings and also oversees multi-course vintner dinners.
The boutique winery specializes in personalized pours. Rather than growing its own grapes, D'Vine starts with high-quality juices to create its renowned reds and crisp whites. Wine is special in that it's a beverage equal parts soothing and social. Host a sophisticated birthday party, toast to the end of a stressful week, or gather your closest for an afternoon of grapey goodness.
The Terrace Cafe's culinary craftspeople whip up delectable dishes that appear on a menu of contemporary American fare in an atmosphere geared toward the entire family. Coronate a meal with friends by noshing on a Super Nachos appetizer—a plate of tortilla triangles draped in Texas flavors, including cheese, chili, jalapenos, and onions ($13.95). The double-meat, bacon-swiss burger ($10.95) quells carnivorous cravings, and the bacon-swiss-chicken melt ($11.95) reminds taste buds how much owners care for them. Feast on the Shrimp Artery Clogger ($13.95) to delight in Jacques Cousteau's greatest gift to humanity, deep-fried shrimp.
The menu at Bakkhus is loaded with traditional Greek recipes with modern twists and shouts. Start off a meal with an appetizer such as fire feta dip, which adds Serrano peppers, olive oil, and spices to the Greek cheese for a spicy pita-chip-dipping delight ($7.95), or a hot plate of loukanika, the Greek sausage ($8.95). Evening diners sup on a traditional gyro platter ($13.95) or the snapper Santorini ($21.95). But Bakkhus's lunch specialties perform the Herculean feat of freeing Prometheus from plastic-baggie handcuffs. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week, come in for a Mykonos burger (half pound Angus patty marinated in red wine and topped with jalapeños and pineapple, $8.95), a plate of kefte pasta (angel hair with Greek meatballs and crumbled feta, $9.95), or an old-school gyro pita complete with tzatziki ($7.95) with a side of spanakopita ($4.75).