The chefs at Poblanos Mexican Restaurant brighten up mornings with favorites such as huevos rancheros paired with tender barbacoa and chilaquiles made to order. Breakfast tacos stuffed with a variety of filling combinations such as chorizo and eggs also speckle the early menu, sating customers’ needs for spice in a more pleasant manner than the chili-confetti mechanism in most alarm clocks. Come lunchtime, staff members bring out plates of enchiladas, fajitas, and taco salads, and offer aguas frescas and fresh pan dulce.
Today’s Groupon sides sizable sips and savories with views of the rustic La Mansion hotel. For $15, you’ll get $30 worth of contemporary Mexican tastes at the San Antonio outpost of Iron Cactus, an established eatery featuring more than 80 types of tequila and an army of cactus-shaped iron automatons waiting to delight diners with impressions of former President Abraham Lincoln's house slippers.
Chef Jeff Foresman has been creating eclectic dishes for hotels across the country for the past 25 years. Inside Zocca Cuisine d'Italia's kitchen, he transforms local produce, cheese, and meats into Italian food including oversize veal meatballs and steak cacciatore.
Nestled inside the Westin Riverwalk Hotel, the ground-floor eatery sweeps open onto the river. Sun flits past the towering cypress trees that lean over the river and shade patrons on the patio. During nice weather, folding glass walls open up to let in warm breezes and the weeping of meteorologists who predicted thunderstorms. Wooden beams spanning the ceiling and copper accents drench the interior in warmth, and beneath them, servers dispense hand-tossed pizzas and lemon-crusted whitefish.
Houston St. Bistro sits just a playbill’s toss from the Majestic Theatre, welcoming post-show patrons with tables dressed smartly in black and white linens. The dinner menu ranges from classic steaks and chops drizzled with savory marsala wine sauce to inventive modern dishes such as the wasabi-crusted ahi tuna served atop cilantro sweet-corn rice. During the afternoon, the bistro whips up lunchtime fare such as paninis and burgers amid an ambience as relaxed as a business-casual coronation ceremony. At any time of day, patrons can peruse a list of 43 international wines available by the glass, bottle, or half-bottle.:m]]
Le Midi offers refined fare from the southernmost region of France, whipped up by a native chef. The dinner menu embraces traditional Provençal cuisine with escargots bourguignonne sautéed in Pernod, garlic, and herbs ($8), and crab cakes with lime beurre blanc, potato purée, and vegetables ($28) jealously tease land-locked steak au poivre in cognac sauce ($29).