NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018 73 SeaBreezeLobsta&ChowdaHouse For the past decade, the Oruch family has brought North Texans the freshest seafood selection in the region at their acclaimed Sea Breeze FishMarket&Grill.  The menu at this newer restaurant showcases a limited menu of spe- cialty items including the New England Lobster Roll—a simple sand- wich of wild-caught Maine lobster simply dressed with mayonnaise, celery and tarragon on a buttered bun brought in from New England.  We also recommend the Connecticut Lobsta Roll—butter poached lobster on a bun. The tasty rolls are joined by shrimp cocktail, peel & eat shrimp, a smoked salmon dip and the restaurant’s celebrated Clam Chowder. ComeforthefoodandfortheEastCoastvibe. LegacyHall 7800WindroseAve. |Plano (972)473-2722 TheKeeper Sustainable seafood and a tropical tiki bar create the just- right combination to give you a little taste of your last beach-y vacation. The menu's "Just Flew In" section offers the day's freshest selections, bothartfully prepared and utterly delicious. Therearealsosomeunexpected seafood menu choices, including shareable portions of Crab Fried Rice with crispy Spam and topped with a perfectly cooked egg, and the Hamachi Crudo—buttery, raw Hamachi topped with apple, avocado, chilies, yuzu sauce and delicate micro greens. House salads are fresh and seasonal ingredient-inspired, and if you're simply not in the mood for fish, The Keeper offers a superb Grilled Half Chicken with Tomato ButterSauce. 5840LegacyCircle,Ste.D100|Plano (469)210-5337 TheOceanaireSeafoodRoom Whilethismaybeconsideredmoreofadatenightplace,ifyouhappen to bring your in-laws here for a night out, they’ll never forget it. The freshestseafoodinasleeksettingmakesTheOceanairetheperfectspot foraluxuriousdinnerwithtop-notchservice.Menuofferingsarebased entirelyonfreshnessandavailability,soarrivepreparedto“justgowith it.”Thereareseveralsidesyouwon’twanttomissincludingChardonnay RoastedMushroomsandShells&CheesewithSmokedGoudaandAp- plewoodBacon.Theirfullbarmightjustmakeyouforgetyoupromised topickupthetab. TheWestinGalleriaDallas 13340DallasPkwy.|Dallas (972)759-2277 Southern SugarbaconProperKitchen When we think of Sugarbacon, we think of upscale comfort food in a warm, rustic setting. Let’s start with the signature appetizer: sugarba- con.Pictureaperfectlittlecubeofhouse-smokedBerkshireporkbelly, glazed in smoky ancho BBQ sauce, sitting atop spicy bread and butter pickles on a tiny piece of toasted bread. Berkshire pork is known for its richtaste—thoughtbysometobethe“Kobebeefofpork.”Onebiteof itandyou’llknowwhy.Buttrynottogetstuckintheappetizersection, oryou’llmissoutonseveralotherdeliciousofferings,suchasthecollard green salad with bacon, bleu cheese and pickled apple or the mighty fineSBburgermadewithlocalWagyubeefandtoppedwith,yougotit, sugarbacon.Southernsideswithatwist,likegreenchilehominy,round outthemealnicely. 216W.VirginiaSt.|McKinney (469)952-5150 6400GastonAve.|Dallas (972)290-0731 TheRustic Thegiganticpatioisalwayspacked!Enjoydown-homefoodmadefrom scratch daily. The menu features seafood from the Gulf, steak sourced fromlocalranchers,anddairyandproducegrownbylocalfarmers.The bartenders stay busy, pouring the most prolific collection of local bev- eragesintown,including40beersontap. 3656HowellSt.|Dallas (214)730-0596 WhistleBritches Thelogosaysalot:Chicken.Bis- cuits. Beer. But what it doesn’t convey is that Chef Omar Flores and his team pickle brine each and every bird, creating one of the juiciest, most flavorful chicken experiences we’ve ever had. And at Whistle Britches, it is all about chicken: half chick- ens, whole chickens, roasted chickens, fried chicken tenders— even chickens glazed with pomegranate molasses. Sides and starters are comfort-driven, such as pickled jalapeño pimento cheese, served with saltines. Or deviled eggs with country ham. Three cheese mac. Grits with gouda. Are you hungry yet? Brunch, lunch and dinner served, along with a nice selection of cocktails, beer and wine. Desserts are straightforwardandtotallydecadent. 6110FrankfordRd.|Dallas (972)590-8991 Steakhouse IIIForks With a North Dallas location covering 25,000 square feet, III Forks can accommodate every- thingfromdatenights,tofamily gatherings, to big parties, and evengiantcorporateandspecial events (up to 900 people).You’d think with all that available space, the intimate steakhouse vibe would be lost but that isn’t the case. Superior service and indi- vidual dining rooms, each named after a Texas hero who fought for independence,helpmakethisplaceunique.StartwithIIIForksfamous salad with toasted pecans, blue cheese, Granny Smith apples, and a not-too-sweet maple pecan vinaigrette, then move right onto your main—whether you prefer steak or seafood, it’s seriously all good. If wewereyou,we’dorderoneofeverysidedish,butifyoucanonlyfind roomforone,don’tmisstheLobsterMac&Cheese—it’stodiefor. 17776DallasPkwy.|Dallas (972)267-1776 AlBiernat’s Since 1998, Al Biernat’s has of- feredqualityprimeagedsteaks, the freshest seafood, and the perfect locale on Oak Lawn Av- enue to suit the needs of Dallas’ glitterati, date nights, and fam- ily gatherings.You’ll find all the upscale steakhouse favorites, including just about every cut ofsteakimaginable,chops,choppedorCaesarsalad,freshoysters,and the seriously-creamiest-of-creamed spinach. Start with the small or large seafood tower to share and you won’t be disappointed. An inti- mate bar area is a terrific spot to meet up with a friend or co-worker, and the attentive staff will ensure that your special occasion will be memorable.Infact,everymealatAlBiernat’sismemorable. 4217OakLawnAve.|Dallas (214)219-2201 5251SpringValleyRd.|Dallas (972)239-3400 FogodeChao Fogo de Chao literally means “ground fire,”referring to what therestaurantisfamousfor— thetraditionalgauchomethod ofroastingmeatsoveranopen fire. This Brazilian fine dining experienceensuresyou’llenjoy the juiciest meats (including steak,chicken,lambandpork), delicious sides (we love the crispy polenta) and award-winning wines. And while you probably associate Fogo de Chao with meat, there are plenty of lighter options for vegetarians and pescatarians, too—Chil- ean Sea Bass is cooked to perfection, topped with a luscious mango relishandmalaguetapeppersauce.Yes,it’stheperfectplaceforfamily celebrations,butdon’tsaveitforspecialoccasions:startingatjust$15, theGauchoLunchfeaturesfreshsalads,importedcheese,curedmeats, seasonalsoupsandmore. NEWLOCATIONATLEGACYWEST 5908HeadquartersDrive|Plano (469606-1000 MultiplelocationsthroughoutDFW JaxxSteakhouse Texans are known for loving steak, but (those of us who are carnivores) are picky. Jaxx Steakhouse gets all of it right, where old school urban charm meets today’s modern tastes. Sure, you’ll find traditional fa- vorites like shrimp cocktail and fried calamari, but you’ll also want to try the steak eggroll appetizer stuffed with onion, bell pepper and cheese. And of course—the beef: whether you’re craving a filet, NY strip or ribeye—or something lighter like Lemon PepperTilapia or Pan Seared AhiTuna with bok choy—each dish is prepared with love andcreativeflair. 14925MidwayRd.,Ste.101|Addison (972)458-7888 Rick’sChophouse Located in the beautiful Grand Hotel & Ballroom in downtown McKinney, Rick’s is absolutely a date destination. Comfy leather couches, live music from local artists Thursday through Satur- day and handcrafted cocktails are just part of what makes Rick’s so popular but it’s a chop- house, after all, and the real emphasis here is on the food. Mouthwa- tering steaks, juicy burgers, fresh seafood) along with classic, hearty salads. And since you’ve already booked the sitter, why not include an overnightstayatthehistorichotel? 107N.Kentucky|McKinney (214)726-9251 Good Eats dining options, go to For a complete listing of