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The brunch bunch has three new members! Ben Berg’s B.B. Italia (14795 Memorial Dr., 281.531.0696) is now dishing a “spaghetti western” omelet, B.B. Italia Hash and more, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm. At sceney Ouzo Bay (in River Oaks District), expect a deliciously messy inside-out Brioche French toast and half-off rosé on weekends. And on Sundays at Doris Metropolitan (2815 Shepehrd Dr.), savor exactly the brunch one would expect from an Israeli steakhouse: Sambusak — dough filled with spiced ground beef and pine nuts — along with steak and eggs.
In Shady Acres, Preslee’s Southern Good Eatery (1430 W. 19th St., 713.360.6439) has opened just in time for patio season. Order comfort-food-style eats — think stuffed turkey legs — at the counter, and head outside where rope swings and hammocks hang among picnic benches and concrete ping-pong tables; windows swing open to bring the outdoors in. Meanwhile, down the street, New Magnolia Brewing Co. (1616 Bevis St.) is putting the finishing touches on its building.
Celeb chef and restaurateur Chris Cosentino, winner of Top Chef Masters, has opened Rosalie — inspired by not only his grandmother’s Italian cooking, but also her home décor, as in vintage-inspired furniture and boxy old TVs — in the C. Baldwin hotel Downtown. Expect rigatoni with wild-boar ragú, and wood-fired pizzas. 400 Dallas St.
The new CityPlace mixed-use development in Spring has announced a handful of exciting restaurant tenants, including new locations of beloved local chains Island Grill and Common Bond. The team behind Uptown
Sushi will open a new concept called Sushi Rebel, and Dallas’ Bread Zeppelin Salads Elevated also joins the lineup. All restaurants plan to open in 2020.
The darling Café Poetes in Midtown — a go-to for a quick coffee or afternoon tea in a quaint setting — now offers full lunch and dinner service, plus weekend brunch. For dinner, try the four varieties of cocottes, or family-style French casseroles, including one with savory éclair dough, pulled duck confit and jalapeno jam. Owner Karine Favre-Massartic has also expanded wine and beer offerings. 122 W. Gray St., 346.802.4969
Raise a glass! Sixty Vines, inspired by Napa Valley cuisine, has opened in Rice Village — complete with 51 wines on tap, and 100 by the glass — and a patio that resembles a wine garden. Shared plates include wood-fired cauliflower, while the shrimp-topped Tonnarelli pasta, with its coconut-and cilantro-infused noodles, is decidedly innovative. 2540 University Blvd.
Season’s greetings from Field & Tides! Chef Travis Lenig’s fall menu is full of heirloom veggies and bone-warming dishes like a double-cut pork chop served with white cheddar grits and braised collards. Plus: Happy hour is now 4-7pm, Mon-Sat.! 705 E. 11th St., 713.861.6143
AT TOP: Bread Zeppelin founders Troy Charhon and Andrew Schoellkopf