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HOUSTON


Americas 2040 West Gray St. Houston 832-200-1492 www.cordua.com/americas


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Cordua family, Americas is a testament to how fusion food can be done right. Blending the fl avors of North and South America into one menu, combined with exciting cocktails and impeccable service, Americas is both a place with a great scene and great food. T e Churrasco, the restaurant’s signature steak, arrives chargrilled with chimichuri sauce and accompanied by a delightfully crisp semi-sweet yucca cake. T e Pork Carnitas is otherworldly in its goodness: slow-roasted, shredded pork with achiote grilled shrimp and mole sauce. Don’t let yourself leave without sampling the Tres Leches—it’s a decadent fi nishing touch.


Americas


Bistro Provence 13616 Memorial Dr. Houston 713-827-8008 www.bistroprovence.us


In a tiny strip center along a wooded thorough-fare in Houston’s Energy Corridor, you’ll fi nd the homey Bistro Provence, a salute to French comfort food. Owner Jean-Philippe Guy and his eff ervescent wife Genevieve have created an atmosphere that’s entirely original


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Houston’s restaurant scene: a place that serves up delicious food in an easy ambiance, utterly devoid of pretentiousness. Begin with the escargots, a delight of garlic and butter, move on to the goat cheese ravioli with its accompanying ratatouille topped with shrimp and jumbo scallops, and fi nish off with one of the restaurant’s signature desserts. T e wine list boasts brilliant bottles from the Loire, Burgundy, and Bordeaux; Bistro Provence routinely hosts dinners where courses are paired with wine. A dinner here is more than just food—it’s like walking through the door and arriving in France.


SA N AN TON IO


Bohanan’s 219 East Houston St. San Antonio 210-472-2600 bohanans.com


Clubby and old-school, this is the kind of place that oozes upscale atmosphere. From the leather and wood-rich bar downstairs to the blond hardwood fl oors and soaring ceilings upstairs, Bohanan’s makes any date feel like a special celebration. Be sure to order a cocktail before dinner (their made-by-request Sidecar was exquisite) and treat yourself to a bottle from the impressive wine list.


WICH I TA FALL S


Salt and Pepper 2611 Plaza Pkwy., #201 Wichita Falls 940-691-9800 www.saltandpepperbistro.com


With Mediterranean fl avors that include items like Moussaka (eggplant and beef topped with cream sauce) and traditional Greek spinach and feta cheese pie, Salt and Pepper provides an elegant evening out. T e owners are routinely praised for both their authentic Greek food and hospitality, making it a perfect date spot. Here, you can relax over a glass of wine, and feel a world away from the crush of daily life. Save room for dessert, as the baklava ice cream is a treat.


Bistro Provence


LU B BOCK


La Diosa Cellars 901 17th St. Lubbock 806-744-3600


Lauded for its sangria and tapas, La Diosa Cellars brings Spanish ambiance to the High Plains. T e smoked oysters and gazpacho win high marks, as does the cozy casual spot’s wine list. T is is a place where plates are meant to be shared, so order several and pass them around. La Diosa Cellars also off ers live music evenings, but there’s a cover charge. Plan your date night well, though: the restaurant is small, so seating may be a challenge. But the ambiance and eclectic feel will make it worth the wait.


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