Tim Byres is a Dallas star known for gutsy smokehouse flavors paired with spiffed-up Southern-style preparations–think pimiento cheese croquettes with grilled romaine. But when he leaves the kitchen, he's ready to be anonymous. "There's my life and the restaurant life," he says. "The hospitality biz is awesome and intriguing, but it can be consuming. I'm interested in family-run businesses and passed-down recipes, so that means little independent restaurants. It's fun because when you go, it's like being in someone's house."