what about Local? Or...?
I haven't seen much about Local. I'm trying to decide between Local, CBD Provisions or Stephen Pyles for a real feel of Texas.
I haven't been to CBD Provisions yet but they have been getting some really good buzz.
I'd have to say, Stephen Pyles is probably the most "Texan" of the restaurants you've listed.
You should also consider Smoke as well. In addition to dinner, their brunch is legendary in these here parts.
Local doesn't get a lot of love on this board, but it remains one of my favorites. Tracy Miller serves consistently great food, and I enjoy the laid back ambience of the place. I think it is as Texan as Stephen Pyles -- after all, other than the ribeye and the wild boar, most of the dishes at SP have as much a South American taste as a Texas twang. But you can't go wrong at any of the places you are considering.