When it comes to Chinese lunch buffets, China Gourmet is renowned for the freshness of its selection. Food is prepared in smaller batches and replenished often. Crab rangoons, mu shu crepes and steamed chicken dumplings are just a few of the terrific options not to be missed.
A convenient stop before a show at the Rep, Pabst or Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The best table at this sixth-floor restaurant (inside the Intercontinal Hotel) has a large window with views of the busy intersection of Kilbourn and Water. Order the Big Boy burger (cut into quarters) as an appetizer, then sink into the beer-braised short ribs.
This spot is ripe for anyone looking for mealtime bliss. The textures and colors of this hotel restaurant add a modern atmosphere.
Pier 106 Seafood Tavern boasts a patio snug on the RiverWalk. While some of the dishes are what you expect to find at a seafood eatery, the menu also features distinctly different dishes like seafood casserole and sea bass with a side of lime risotto for a fun tropical twist. Happy-hour specials between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays make this a popular after-work stop.
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Brunch is bright and sunny with cheery wait staff, yellow walls and an interesting smattering of alcohol-enhanced breakfast drinks, such as Spiked Coffee.
The modern space with chocolate-brown walls on the corner of Mason and Milwaukee is devoted to classic, regional cuisine. Housemade four-cheese ravioli, ossobuco and rack of lamb with mint pesto are all specialties worth considering. Tiny and intimate.