Long Weekend In... Houston

Brennan’s of Houston: Heartbreak swept the city when a fire caused by Hurricane Ike destroyed the roof and interiors of Brennan’s — the legendary Texan-Creole sister restaurant of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. After a 16-month restoration, Brennan’s reopened last year with its original brick walls intact, a new courtyard-view bar serving up “Pimm & Propers” (Pimm’s No.1, Gosling’s ginger beer, fresh lemon juice), and shrimp & tasso corn dogs, and a revitalized sexy wine room.

The effusive hospitality for which the restaurant is known also hasn’t wavered. Old-world Brennan’s may be too fancy to become a nightly habit, but after feasting on pecan-crusted gulf fish and Bananas Foster — and snagging fresh pralines as a parting gift — it’s be hard to forget. (Photo courtesy of Brennan's of Houston)