• BYO grilled cheese at Pinewood Café: Ham, tomato and brie on a sweet sourdoughbread.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Pinewood Cafe
    Photo via Pinewood Cafe/Facebook

  • Pineapple upside down cakes are here again. Everywhere. Freaking. Where.
    Photo via Veronica's Cornucopia
  • Fresh from H-E-B
    Photo by Marene Gustin
  • Ooh La La's Piña colada cupcake
    Photo by Jordan Chan
  • The pineapple upside-down cake at BlackFinn
    Photo by Marene Gustin

  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Shelby Hodge
  • Le Mistral's roasted Chilean sea bass
    Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Shelby Hodge
  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
  • The mushroom risotto with black truffles from Sorrento was a hit.
    Photo by Shelby Hodge

  • Wolfgang Puck
  • Wolfgang's coffee
  • Michael Scott would love Wolfgang Puck's sense of humor.
    Courtesy photo
  • Robert Del Grande and Wolfgang Puck are old friends.
    Photo by Misty Keasler
  • Courtesy photo

  • Gigi's array of Glenfiddich, including the 50-year in the center.
  • The author and her $1,200 scotch.
    Photo by Leslie Cervantez
  • Gigi Huang, Roger Clemens and Debbie Clemens
    Photo by Leslie Cervantez
  • James Sivco, Mark Sullivan and Tod Eason
    Photo by Leslie Cervantez
  • Chef Scott Tycer
    Photo by Leslie Cervantez

  • The Splendid Table's How To Eat Weekends
  • Lynne Rossetto Kasper

  • Cafe Adobe in River Oaks boasts multiple patios.
  • Cafe Brasil
    Photo by Shea Serrano
  • Babbling fountains and nice tables at the H-E-B Montrose Market — and livemusic, while it lasts.
  • The patio and the yard at Cedar Creek make for lots of seating spots.
  • West Alabama Ice House and Tacos Tierra Caliente form the perfect pair.
    Photo by Peter Barnes

  • Tomato soup and grilled cheese? Gruyere-crusted bread baked inside a tomato soupcan, served with a tomato aspic
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • A sweet-n-sour palate cleanser: Frozen grapes kicked up with grape juice andsherry vinegar
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Lamb tartare served with a goat's milk curry, pickled apples, cilantro stems andpistachio
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Black sesame noodles topped with uni at Pilot Light's inaugural dinner lastsummer at Revival Market
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Gulf shrimp served on seaweed with hazelnut foam and celery leaves
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Terrence Gallivan wields his tweezers to the delight of diners everywhere.
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner in the kitchen at Revival Market
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller

  • Photo via Soup Cowboy/Facebook
  • Photo via Soup Cowboy/Facebook
  • Photo by Sarah Rufca

  • The Risotto Festival brought out plate after plate of delicious creaminess.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • You can't argue with meat: The winning mushroom risotto with espresso-crustedbeef tenderloin, from Viking.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • If you haven't eaten lobster risotto with gold flakes (like this one fromCarmelo's) then you haven't really lived.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • My favorite: The fall risotto with amaretto cookies and plenty of cheese, fromRistorante Cavour.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca

  • Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar is opening soon at 11th Street and Studemont.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • The chandeliers are cast-offs from the old 310 Rosemont store
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Liberty Light and Liberty Dark beers on tap, courtesy of Karbach Brewing.
    Photo via Liberty Kitchen/Facebook
  • The wood paneling is reclaimed from local Heights sources.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca

  • So, Dad and I were having a typical lunch at Phil & Derek’s Restaurant and WineBar when chef/owner Phillip Mitchell asked if we wanted to sample his new frozenmargaritas.
    Photo by Barbara Kuntz
  • Whoa there pardner, Phil & Derek’s is a wine bar with a wine and beer retailerspermit (known as a BG) not a full liquor license. So how are they servingmargaritas? Well, the same way that a lot of smaller taquerias are. They’re madewith wine, not tequila.
    Photo by Marene Gustin
  • My personal favorite: The Amore di Verona that tastes like you’re sipping asnifter of amaretto
    Photo by Marene Gustin
  • There’s the Custom Reef Superior rum profile wine, Kalana wine that tastespretty much like real Kahlua and more.
    Photo by Marene Gustin

  • Down House's pork hash breakfast topped with fried eggs
    Photo via Down House/Facebook
  • Dessert for breakfast at Dot Coffee Shop
  • Try Ouisie's Table's cheese grits with shrimp. Or the eggs benedict. Or both.
  • Grits and fried catfish...and more...at The Breakfast Klub
    Photo via The Holiday HoHo Queen
  • Goode Co. Taqueria

  • Coppa makes high-end Italian food light and approachable.
    Photo by © Debora Smail for Jennifer Gilliam | Gilliam Public Relations
  • Photo by © Debora Smail for Jennifer Gilliam | Gilliam Public Relations
  • Brandi Key

  • The Milk Punch
    Photo by Caroline Gallay
  • Down House is a good place to get winter drink warm.
    Photo via Down House/Facebook
  • The King Cole
    Photo by Caroline Gallay
  • The Wrong Flight from Albuquerque
    Photo by Caroline Gallay
  • The Normandy Tart
    Photo by Caroline Gallay
  • The Leave it to Me No. 1
    Photo by Caroline Gallay
  • The Bartlett's Eye Opener, garnished with sage
    Photo by Caroline Gallay

  • Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Local Foods' open kitchen
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Gulf shrimp and blue crab sandwich
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Exposed brick and a gathering of light fixtures, part of the design by AaronRambo
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Root beer from 8th Wonder Brewery
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Photo by Sarah Rufca

  • That's a mustachioed me, next to our growing towers of cups and pitchers.
  • My sister and my mom make friends with a stranger in Wursthalle. Prosit!
    Photo by Bailey Radley

  • Buddy Valastro with one of his creations
    Photo by Thomas Kosa
  • Inside Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey
    Photo courtesy of Carlo's

  • Tilman Fertitta is turning himself into the king of all seafood.
    Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
  • McCormick & Schmick's is now a part of Landry's
    Photo by Barbara Kuntz
  • Landry's owner and president Tilman Fertitta
    Photo by Gary Fountain

  • What’s in your refrigerator?
    Photo by Mofty
  • Apples are in season right now in Texas.
    Photo by Joel Luks
  • November will bring broccoli to farmers markets.
    Photo by Peter Barnes
  • City Hall Farmers Market
    Photo by Katya Horner/Slight Clutter Photography

  • Central Market's gift boxes, like the Breakfast and Beyond ($69.99) can now beordered online and shipped globally.
  • Order a holiday meal online and don't worry about paying until you pick it up.
  • Central Market's Grande Texas Tour gift box ($69.99).

  • Photo via Lotus UK
  • Revival Market
    Photo by Marene Gustin

  • Feast is vigilant in its fresh, sustainable offerings, so you know this guy wasswimming yesterday.
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Buffalo Sean cranks out creative crepes at Melange, now with a second locationto serve you.
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Try Ouisie's renowned seafood gumbo on the soup-salad-sandwich plate at the Birdand the Bear.
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Downtowners rejoice! The famous Phoenicia falafel is coming to you this month.
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • Chef Philippe Schmit, aka: the French Cowboy, offers a harvest tasting menustarting Nov. 15.
  • Down House has a new menu. Will they still offer the PBLT sandwich? (PB = PorkBelly, fools.)
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • The Pi Pizza truck finally opened this month. Stop by for a slice or a sandwich.
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller
  • While you're at the new downtown Phoenicia, be sure to grab some beautifulbaklava for dessert.
    Photo by Ruthie Johnson Miller

  • One of our favorite Tex-Mex eateries, Maria Selma
    Photo via Maria Selma/Facebook
  • And this time of year, during football season, guacamole is more popular thanever at tailgates and watch parties. Come Super Bowl time, Americans areexpected to consume more than 80 million pounds of avocados. Now that’s a lot ofguac.
    Photo via Photos8.com