Bobby Heskett and his wife Kristel opened Capital on a budget, and avid travelers both, they've spent time lingering in the taquerias of Denver, Austin and elsewhere, putting together a dream list of Tex-Mex dishes. There's regional Mexican thrown into the mix, and a little Baja seafood for good measure, but it's a clear-eyed and independent take on the kinds of gutsy Latin flavors we don't see nearly enough of around here. A range of fillings are offered as a taco, burrito, wet burrito topped with sauce, nachos, salad or bowl with rice and beans. In a little stripmall, it's a wonderful breath of fresh air, with much of the furniture made by Heskett himself. And if you want to take an order to go, the takeaway containers are all eco-friendly.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
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The now 270+ strong chain of family pubs started in Brandon. Founder Jim Mellody was a transplanted Pennsylvanian who tried a steakhouse, but when that didn't work, he added his mother's maiden name to the word "Beef" on the sign and watched business take off. The formula is simple: good wings, burgers and other casual American fare in an environment that is family-friendly.
It's a sweet formula: 500 beers, ales,lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe, live music, a largely professional crowd and servers that know an Ayinger Brau-Weisse from aWeltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell at a squint. The hophead's dream destination features a clean, snug indoor area, long bar, a VIP loft and an outdoor seating area, which is the only place smoking is permitted. In addition to beer and wine, both of which can consumed on location or purchased to go, the bar sells pretty good stogies.