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A-B is eagerly thumbing the new 2008 Zagat guide for Tejas. More than a thousand restaurants, four metropoli, and a single 29 for food on the 30-point scale: Andrew Weissman’s Le Rêve. His Sandbar follows close behind with a 28. Once you get over that epicurean rush, though, dining nirvana becomes noticeably rarer in SA than it does to the north and east. Houston, DFW, and even Austin gourmands have more 28s and 27s to choose from than SA, where Magnolia Pancake Haus cracks the upper echelon with a 27. Damien Watel’s empire fared well, too, with La Frite coming in at 26 for food, and mention of his upcoming Northside Ciel (“casual Continental bistro”).

Texans, according to Zagat, dine out more than the rest of the nation, and our meals are a comparable value at $27.33 for an average tab in the Alamo City, compared to $39.46 in New York City.

If you’re spending your food allowance in the latter, you can drop it at a Texas outpost that New York magazine ranks among the best of the Big Apple: Lockhart desendant Marc Glosserman’s Kreuz homage, Hill Country Barbecue & Market.


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