Best New Restaurant

Staff Pick

WINNER: Rebelle

300 E. Travis St. • (210) 352-3171

It makes sense for this year's Best Chef to helm this year's Best New Restaurant. As Rebelle opened its doors late last year, Stefan Bowers had to have known the stakes were high. How does one nonchalantly open a new American eatery that'll retain fans of sister restaurant Feast while luring a healthy number of Downtown diners and tourists to a 107-year-old hotel? Well, you cherry-pick an ace team of kitchen rebels and let them deliver a tight menu under the direction of Bowers. Dinner at Rebelle is an intimate affair as you navigate the dim lighting while noshing on delicate seafood plates, luxuriously seared and buttered steaks and thoughtful "slow and low" plates like the cassoulet Rebelle or duck confit.

Five months into its tenure at the remodeled hotel, Rebelle's launched an abridged lunch menu — if you don't order the green curry chicken you're not doing it right — that happens to be one of the best deals in town come noontime for all those power lunch meetings you keep meaning to have. And if the brunch line at Feast on Sundays exacerbates your hangover, Rebelle's new brunch (think double burger, Belgian waffles, lemon-lime crepes and herb-infused four-egg omelette) inside the same dimly lit interiors should become a refuge from the glaring sun — Ray-Bans are optional.

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