Grab a bar seat at this swanky River Oaks bistro, and watch the pros do some shucking. A partnership with Island Creek Oysters, a farm in Massachusetts, keeps interesting East Coast varieties coming in all year, with Gulf and West Coast bivalves rounding out each daily market selection.
Not a fan of bivalves? How about brunch? Both the light, airy dining room and breezy patio are sure bets for the most important meal of the week. Start with a mimosa made with fresh-squeezed juice or a glass of wine—the low markup is tempting (you can get a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $48 or Rombauer chardonnay for $42). Pastries, baked here every Sunday morning, are definitely an excuse to cheat on that low-carb diet. The brunch menu features classics like Eggs Benedict, pain perdu, and quiche, along with more modern dishes such as lemon ricotta pancakes.