Both locations of benjy’s—the original in Rice Village and its second location on Washington Avenue—have a chic dining room with their own spins on funky, modern decor. The chefs here have been doing “locavore” food since before the term entered the vernacular. Utility Research Garden, Gundermann Farms, Black Hill Ranch, and Texas Hill Country Olive Oil are among the local suppliers. Try the cornflake-crusted Gulf shrimp, the pistachio-crusted local goat cheese, the sweet tea–brined Berkshire pork chop, and the warm vegetable salad—and don’t miss happy hour in the upstairs lounge, offering discount drinks and generously portioned, inexpensive dishes like barbecue beef pizza and pork potstickers. Arrive early to find a seat at the bar. Try for a table on the scenic balcony at the Rice Village spot—it’s one of the best views in the city.