This classy New American restaurant has been a staple of the Houston dining scene since 1983. The venue, a converted, circa-1930s house near chi-chi River Oaks, is a charmer, with several cozy dining spaces, including a tree-shaded backyard patio with a bubbling fountain and vine-covered walls. Start with the Gulf Coast beignets, crispy little puffs packed with shrimp, crab, andouille sausage, and corn and served with roasted red pepper remoulade. Standout main dishes include the pecan-crusted chicken and the shrimp with stone-ground cheese grits. Weekend brunch is a treat, as the kitchen serves up crab cakes and eggs, gingerbread waffles, and thick brioche French toast topped with bananas and caramel, plus flavored mimosas and Nutella iced coffee. Valet parking is complimentary.