In its March 2014 issue, Texas Monthly announces its selections for best new restaurants and bars in Texas. Led by food critic Patricia Sharpe, the TM team ate its way from Marshall to Midland, tracking down the best joints to wine and dine. (Although we imagine there will be some criticism for failing to select places outside of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin or San Antonio.)
Dallas-Fort Worth rules the best new restaurant list with four establishments out of 10; three are in the top five. Spoon Bar and Kitchen is No. 1, followed by Casa Rubia in second place. CBD Provisions — one of our picks for the best new restaurants in Dallas — nabbed the fourth slot. Little Lilly in Fort Worth snuck in at No. 10.
Austin has three restaurants on the list: the French-inspired Arro (No. 5); Sway (No. 7), which made the list despite the departure of executive chef Rene Ortiz in August; and Paul Qui's East Austin flagship restaurant, Qui.
In Houston, Osteria Mazzantini ranked No. 3, and The Pass landed at No. 6. San Antonio's The Granary 'Cue & Brew came in at No. 9.
As for the list of best new bars, Austin's Qui and Whisler's ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Dallas made a decent showing. with CBD Provisions and The Rustic — also our pick for one of the best new bars in Dallas — taking third and fourth spots.
The lists have been posted online without explanation. For those craving details, the magazine hits newsstands February 19.