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Taste of


TEXAS dining


Date-Night DI N ING G


BY HOLLY BERETTO


oing out as a couple is one of the greatest parts of a relationship—whether you’re celebrating 40 years with the love of your life or heading out for that third date with someone special. But choosing where to go can be daunting. Old school or


trendy? Cozy or country? Steakhouse or bistro? No matter your preference, restaurants across the Lone Star State open their doors and set the table for your perfect evening. •


AU S T I N


Hudson’s on the Bend 3509 Ranch Road 620 North Austin 512-266-1369 hudsonsonthebend.com


No one does wild game quite like chef and owner Jeff Blank, who wrote the book—l iteral ly—on it (Cooking Fearlessly). In this rambling, rustic spot high in the hills above Austin, look for a menu that sports pheasant, wild boar, and venison, cozying up to lob- ster, steaks, and chops. Tasting menus off er multi-course selections of Texas cuisine, and the ambiance here is comfortably chic.


Hudson’s on the Bend DAL L AS


Bolsa 614 West Davis St., Dallas 214-943-1883 bolsadallas.com


Part of the fun of dining at Bolsa is looking around. Built into the old Settles Garage building, once lauded for spectacular service, several service station elements are incorporated into the restaurant’s design, including the original garage doors and the reclaimed cement fl oor used for patio paving stones. With a menu that blends casual with haute cuisine, Bolsa off ers organic ingredients from local Texas growers. Check out the beet and arugula salad,


the Windy Meadows


Farm chicken, and the richly satisfying sweet potato and Kabocha squash stew.


EL PASO


Café Central 109 N. Oregon St. El Paso 915-545-2233 cafecentral.com


Café Central


From its beginnings as a haven for gamblers and the cabaret set in Juarez back in 1918, to its migration across the border following Prohibition, Café Central blends chic bistro atmosphere with nearly a century of tradition. T e restaurant sports an excellent wine list, with varietals from across the globe, a cigar humidor, and menu packed with bold fl avors. T e starter Cevechie Verde blends scallops, snapper, and halibut with cucumber, jalapeno, avocado, tomatillo, and cilantro, while the watermelon and marinated ricotta cheese salad brings together the sass of red onions with bright olive chile oil and cooling mint. Dinner options include seafood, poultry, and chops.


GALV E S TON


901 Postoffi ce 901 Postoffi ce St. Gavleston 409-762-1111


Tucked into a cozy 1920s cottage, a dinner at 901 Postoffi ce is one to treasure. T e atmosphere is elegant; this is a place where you can talk to your companion over a glass of wine without having to shout because the ceiling is too high or the music too loud. Each entrée arrives with a fresh garden salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing, and both presentation and preparation get high marks. Choices include seafood, poultry, and beef dishes done up with continental touches and island fl air. T e fi recracker shrimp appetizer is one to try and the apricot rum barbecue sauce used in the chicken dish is simply perfect. (Reservations highly recom- mended.)


901 Postoffi ce


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