We have all heard the old adage that big things come in small packages, and in the world of dining out, bistros prove the merits of this common saying. Bistros are often quite small in size, are located in distinct neighborhoods and specialize in a specific type of food. Houston has many of these small bistros, some of which have developed an almost cult-like following for their expert food preparation and service. Here are five of the top bistros in the Houston area.
Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge
7070 Allensby St.
Houston, TX 77022
Operated as part of a culinary school, Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge is a treat for the senses. Featuring French cuisine, Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge offers such delectable menu items as fig and goat cheese bruschetta, lobster salad and chicken Walewska, plus memorable desserts such as Parisian macaron and chocolat noisette. The presentation of the food at Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge makes the food even more appealing and customers rave about the service and attention to fine detail. The delicious foods, expert preparation and more make Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge one of the top bistros in the Houston area.
Costa Brava Bistro
5115 Bellaire Blvd.
Bellaire, TX 77401
Spanish and French foods are the specialty at Costa Brava Bistro. Warm up with the house cured Scottish salmon with fresh fennel caper salad before moving on to the main course, featuring mouth-watering options such as roasted duck, rack of pork or sea scallops with jumbo shrimp. The food at Costa Brava Bistro is fresh and delicious and the owners strive to use locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Costa Brava Bistro’s location on Bellaire Boulevard makes it a convenient lunch option for those working in the Galleria and surrounding areas, and its romantic reputation makes it perfect for a couples night out.
1985 Welch St.
Houston, TX 77019
Selected by Esquire Magazine as one of the best new restaurants in the USA when it first opened, Mockingbird Bistro is ready to rock your world with its French and American cuisine. Mockingbird’s burger is rated among the best in the city of Houston and its seafood and other dishes are to die for. Frequent visitors recommend going during happy hour each day when the drinks and food entrees are reduced in price. The atmosphere at Mockingbord Bisto is rather simple, but the food is bold and delicious, making it a bistro worth visiting.
Bistro Des Amis
2347 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Bistro Des Amis is a small, intimate French restaurant loaded with charm and great food. Centrally located in Rice Village, Bistro Des Amis is an excellent place to visit for escargot, seafood, chicken and other traditional French foods, and it makes a great place to take a date or business client. Bistro Des Amis is casual yet classy and guests have both outdoor and indoor seating options available for maximum comfort and an atmosphere tailored to individual needs. Add a bottle of French wine to your meal for the perfect bistro experience.
705 E. 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008
If American food is your craving, then a visit to Zelko Bistro is a must. Located in the Houston Heights area, Zelko Bistro is a great place to go for a Reuben sandwich, burger, meatloaf, short ribs and other popular American fare. The atmosphere at Zelko Bistro is cozy and comfortable, as it was built from a small house and maintains a homey charm. Moderate prices, a large number of dining options and some of the best American food around make Zelko Bistro one of the best bistros in the Houston area.
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