French-Texan Flair at Philippe

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Since opening in the beginning of the year, the Galleria-area restaurant has managed to straddle a very fine line between high-end and lighthearted with its Texan interpretations of French classics and swanky atmosphere that often catches you by surprise. Philippe has a practiced grace and elegance that's only enhanced by small, playful touches: sections of the menu named "Flirtations" or "Contained Decadence," or cowhide-covered ottomans in an otherwise steely-chic lounge area. PHOTOS BY TROY FIELDS