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You’d better come hungry to Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse (5865 Westheimer), where even the salad bar is a carnivore’s delight. The protein keeps coming until you cry uncle.
If you have a hankering for seafood instead, make a stop at Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught’s Caracol (2200 Post Oak Blvd., Ste 160) for the Ostiones en su Concha, which are Gulf oysters on the half shell, with salsa bruja and lime. While you’re at it, try some Spanish octopus too.
At RDG Bar Annie (1800 Post Oak Blvd, Ste. 6170), James Beard Award winner Robert Del Grande has taken Café Annie to its next, equally mouthwatering, iteration. And the terrace in good weather can’t be beat. Voulez-vous escargot? Head over to Etoile Cuisine et Bar (1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd.), where the cozy, yet glam, farmhouse feel adds to the French dining experience.
For a nightcap, consider the Tasting Room (1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd.), with a 150-bottle wine list. Spend $15 a bottle up to a $1,000 and kick back with some live music while you’re at it. When you go to the French Riviera Bakery & Café (3100 Chimney Rock Road, Ste B), don’t leave without sampling their croissants, which get a lot of online love. They serve lunch, too, but try it for breakfast first. If your sweet tooth isn’t sated yet, grab a stool at Crave Cupcakes (1151 Uptown Park Blvd. #06), where they bake throughout the day to ensure maximum yumminess of their product.