The bible of the Lone Star State, Texas Monthly, announced Tuesday the selections for Texas's best new bars and restaurants of 2014. Led by executive editor and food critic Patricia Sharpe, the TM team ate its way from Marshall to Midland tracking down the best joints to wine and dine. (Although we imagine there will be some criticism for failing to select places outside of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin or San Antonio.)
Dallas and Austin each have three restaurants on the list. Of the top 10 best restaurants, Arro led the Capital City picks coming in at no. 5 on the list. A French-inspired venture from ELM Restaurant Group — the same folks behind 24 Diner and Easy Tiger — Arro is known not only for its dynamic menu but for an impressive wine list (with a knowledgeable staff to match).
Rounding out the Austin picks is Sway, which made the list at no. 7 despite the departure of Executive Chef Rene Ortiz in August. Texas Monthly is sure to shock readers by the selection of the no. 8 pick, qui. Paul Qui's never celebrated, little-known flagship restaurant in East Austin has enjoyed flying under the radar until now.
Dallas topped the TM list with three restaurants in the top four. Spoon Bar and Kitchen has been named the number one best new restaurant with Casa Rubia coming in second. Though Houston's Osteria Mazzantini took the no. 3 spot, Dallas rounded out the top four with CBD Provisions.
San Antonio also made an appearance on the list with The Granary 'Cue & Brew coming in at no. 9.
And proving once and for all that no one in Texas does booze better than Austin, the two best new bars in the state are qui and Whisler's named number one and two, respectively.