"Sometimes," said Winnie the Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." And for a sweet tooth, nothing endears itself more than the cupcake. At BIRD Bakery in Highland Park Village, what could be wrong with exercising portion control as you eat a miniaturized cake of Southern Red Velvet, Chocolate Strawberry, Carrot, or, our favorite, The Elvis, which consists of banana cake with chocolate chips and peanut butter frosting? Hailing from San Antonio, BIRD Bakery was founded in 2012 by acting duo Elizabeth Chambers and Armie Hammer. Even though actors make believe, there is nothing fictional about the sugary goodness of their cupcakes made every day from scratch with the finest ingredients.

In a broad sense, Rusty Taco is all about reinvention: the original location boasts a renovated filling station (complete with a gas station island for a patio and substantial windows from repurposed overhead doors). In a narrow sense, they do not compromise. You may know Rusty Taco for their no-nonsense tacos packed with unalloyed flavor. What you might not know is that this Dallas-based taco shop excels in churro creations. Prepare for a signature dessert of the Southwest that blows Disneyland churros out of the water in size and flavor.

Si Tapas Restaurant & Bar

Si Tapas' unassuming white building is a culinary beacon in the sea of new condos springing up around it, and the small plates of authentic Spanish food served there will tickle the tongue. Expect to feast on delicacies such as medium-rare sirloin in rich and creamy Dijon sauce, luscious grilled quail, crispy sautéed Brussels sprouts and minty fresh orange and carrot salad. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from the restaurant's extensive selection, and top off with one of their exceptional desserts, like the sage poached pear or the sweet simmered fruit with housemade black pepper ice cream. If you won't be getting to Barcelona anytime soon, chef Jose Luis Lopez's outstanding creations at Si Tapas are the next best thing.

Peticolas Brewing has had an eventful 2019, thanks in large part to owner Michael Peticolas' involvement in seeing the hotly debated "Beer to Go" amendment pass through the Texas Legislature. But it's important not to forget how special the brewery's anniversary beer was this year. Inspired by everyone's favorite classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned, the 13% ABV beer called The Usual is a delightful barleywine-based brew with cherries, fresh orange peel, bitters and whiskey-soaked oak chips. You won't find it on the taproom menu all the time, but when it does show up, it's a mistake to skip it.

A year later, and the advice that was given to owners Scott and Tio Wagner stuck like Velveeta to a T-shirt: "Just keep it simple." Wedged in a strip mall off of the President George Bush Turnpike, Sky Rocket Burger grinds Angus chuck in-house and loose-packs the burgers, leaving carved banks for juices. Flipped and seared, it's draped with American cheese. Chopped lettuce, tomato, pickle discs and yellow mustard (choose your own condiments) lends a classic, drive-in flavor. It's perfect and simple.

Best Place to Drink Giant Mimosas
Hey, Hero, make ours a double.

When taking on brunch, the restaurant's mimosa can be a deal-breaker. That's why if there's the option to have a ridiculously large one to share among friends, that restaurant holds a special place on the brunch rotation. At Victory Park's Hero by HG Sply Co., you can get a mega-mosa for your table. It's not just sparkling wine and OJ; nah, if you're sharing one beverage with four people, you need to taking in more confidence than that. This one comes with vodka, sparkling wine, fresh orange juice, lemon and simple syrup, all for $45.

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