If the chew fits. Trend-setting restaurants worth stepping out to.

Clockwise from top left 
Mi Cocina | Highland Village Area
The Dallas Tex Mex institution has opened a Houston location, where a lively crowd communes around the famously potent sangria-swirl frozen Mambo Taxi margaritas (pictured), queso, fajitas and other classics. The speakeasy-style Monkey Bar has a separate entrance. 
Tavola | Uptown
Opening today from Berg Hospitality, the authentic Italian eatery is helmed by a Milan-born chef. Settle into the art-filled interior with blush pink accents, poised to be the next glitzy scene, for temptations including pappardelle with Texas Wild Boar ragu, linguine with lobster, a seven-layer lasagnetta bolognese, and artichoke-laced cacio e pepe.
1891 American Eatery & Bar | Heights
From the players behind Common Bond, 1891 is a love letter to the surrounding historic neighborhood and is housed in the former Berry Hill space. American classics in the diner-meets-pub set-up include burgers, pastrami braised short ribs and seared scallops, Also on offer: margarita flights and mimosa flights.
MaKiin | Upper Kirby
Female restaurateur Lukkaew Srasrisuwan of Kin Dee fame invites you to travel to Thailand with her new concept. Located on the ground level of a Hanover high rise and blanketed in luxe golds, deep turquoise and sexy reds, the dining room is inspired by Thai temples and Thai night markets. Standouts include Tenderloin Temptation and Duck Garden Oasis.

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