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Villa-O: Longtime restaurateur Robert Colombo (Cru, Ferré, Victory Tavern) has a hit with an Italian menu of almost entirely organic ingredients and a cherrywood, cream and indigo decor inspired by luxe sailing yachts.
The Mansion Restaurant at The Mansion at Turtle Creek: A sleek contemporary interior and innovative fusion menu (vanilla-impaled foie gras, anyone?) have rejuvenated dining at the venerable Mansion hotel, a longtime favorite of visiting celebrities.
Cubanita: This casual Havana-inspired eatery with its colorful front porch, fresh-squeezed mango mojitos and crisp yucca fries is a popular hangout from breakfast to the wee hour of 3 a.m. on weekends. Credit goes to impresario Alberto Lombardi, who also created popular neighboring restaurants Toulouse, Taverna and Sangria.
Charlie Palmer at the Joule: Downtown's long-awaited Joule hotel has yet to open, but celebrated New York chef Charlie Palmer is already serving his artful "progressive American" cuisine — a diverse menu with French, Italian, Asian and Moroccan influences. Adam D. Tihany, who designed Le Cirque and other upscale restaurants, fashioned its elegant earth-toned environment.
La Condesa Comida y Tequila: The newest restaurant at Victory Park is a young, casual and stylish affair specializing in authentic Mexican cuisine — not Tex-Mex — with an array of tequilas and exotic cocktails to boot. Hours are billed as "Every day from 11 a.m. until late."