Former Tony's maître d’ Jason Howard has set off on his own with this neighborhood restaurant in Cypress's Towne Lake development. The room's elegant decor gives it an upscale feel, and a variety of seating areas (a lengthy bar, more formal dining room, and an expansive patio) make it flexible enough to accommodate a casual lunch or a more formal date night. The menu is centered around a wood-burning oven, which means both pizzas and roasted meats get a good char and a whiff of smoke. An appealing mix of cocktails and a well-priced wine list add to the inside the Loop-style ambiance.
The restaurant is off to a strong start. Recommended dishes include the mussels in saffron creme and the aglio olio pasta with large sauteed shrimp. Crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside frites are must order.