An appreciative West Houston crowd has been dining at Le Mistral for over a decade—first in its original location, opened in 2001, and now in the elegant, modern quarters the fine French restaurant moved to in 2008. If you’re ready to get decadent, the Denis brothers offer their guests plenty of options, including escargots with plenty of butter and garlic and two foie gras dishes (seared and torchon, a chilled preparation). Ever mindful of the Energy Corridor meat-and-potatoes types, Le Mistral also offers a 20-ounce bone-in ribeye with green peppercorn–and–Cognac sauce, Béarnaise with green beans, and french fries. Looking for a unique experience and have some extra bucks to blow? Reserve the private room in the back for a chef’s tasting menu. Meanwhile, weekday lunch specials include a two-course Express Lunch for $10 and a three-course Business Lunch for $20.