10225 Research #4000, 512/794-8300
- 2013: Critics Best Happy Hour Lounge Act (TIE: Mike Miller at Truluck's; Margaret Wright at Skylark Lounge)
Regulars and novices alike have been flocking to this bistro for 25 years running thanks to its wicked dessert options. Multiple gluten-free menu items mean everyone can go out for dinner.
5406 Balcones Dr., 512/454-2666
The rustic decor – stone, metal, leather, and antlers – and hearty Western entrées with robust side dishes welcome carnivores.
10850 Stonelake, 512/342-2700
Loyal customers from the Loop 360 set enjoy hearty roasted meats, homemade pastas, a liberal use of truffle oil, and the glow of a crackling fire.
6203 Capital of Texas Hwy. N., Bldg. B, 512/349-7667