Here are 6 things to know about Stephan Pyles Flora Street Cafe at Hall Arts:
1. In the dining room, the plates are not meant to be shared in the middle of the table.
Don't even try to share the starters. Attempting to do so would throw off the very formal service.
2. The menu is pricey.
Main courses run from $36, for roast pork loin and jowl with heirloom tomatoes, eggplant and basil, to $65, for South Texas nilgai antelope with huitlacoche empanada, grilled peach and roasted chanterelles. The average tab for a three-course dinner, exclusive of drinks, tax and tip, is about $83.
3. Don't look for signatures from Pyles' last flagship restaurant.
You won't find a tamale tart, a giant cowboy rib-eye piled with onion rings, Heaven 'n' Hell cake or anything like them here. For those you'll have to go to Pyles' more casual Stampede 66.
4. The eight seats at the chef's counter – looking into the gleaming display kitchen – may be the best in the house.
5. Some of the most delicious dishes are found on the bar menu, priced from $10 to $21.
And many of these are easily shared.