Dine River Oaks

in Life, River Oaks, Dine

The sign at Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou (1 Birdsall St.) says it’s been around since 1936, but it has occupied its current spot since 2007. Come for the lobster bisque and whole stuffed quail, but stay for the bucolic surroundings. There are plenty of decks to take advantage of the bayou view. 

Elouise Jones may have started delivery of brown sack lunches in the neighborhood, but now she’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ouisie’s Table (3939 San Felipe St.), showcasing her family’s southern fare for the special occasions of others. 

There’s not a miss on the menu at the Epicure Café (2005 W. Gray St.) and that’s especially true for the homemade chocolate pistachio ice cream. Their Salsa, Classical and Flamenco all-inclusive dinners are also a draw. 

An unassuming storefront should not discourage a visit to the Hot Bagel Shop (2009 S. Shepherd Drive), where the jalapeno cream cheese will really put a skip in your step. 

River Oaks Donuts (3601 Westheimer) specializes in that circle of sugary goodness, but save room for a kolache, too.

What’s the Union Jack doing on Shepherd Drive? Beckoning expats and anglophiles to the Red Lion Pub (2316 S Shepherd Drive) for a pint and some fish and chips.