Bamboo Garden Counter’s Asian fusion menu pleases palates with Vietnamese–style sandwiches, Asian–style street tacos, and rice bowls. Guests dig into a classic banh mi, a French-influenced Vietnamese–style baguette sandwich with pork or traditional deli meats, pickled carrots, and daikon radish ($4.95) that's well versed in existentialism. For tacos, chefs envelop beef short ribs ($6.95), pork belly ($6.95), or chicken ($5.50) in flour tortillas alongside cilantro, onions, and pickled vegetables. Sauteed veggies accompany rice bowls ($4.95+) into tummies, and steamed buns reveal centers of pork belly ($6.95). While eating, patrons surf the web on free WiFi, checking news, trading stocks, and crafting pyramid schemes.
Shogun Restaurant Japanese Steak House's culinary artists tightly wrap sushi rolls at a glass-front sushi bar and flip and fry meat, fish, and veggies at tableside hibachi grills. A fleet of specialty rolls includes the Sky Diver roll with soft-shell crab and eel and the Shaggy Dog roll, layered with shrimp tempura and crab. Shogun’s chefs can also roll single-fish classics such as tuna, salmon, and yellowtail—the fish least likely to clash with a yellow plate or an outfit made of Post-it notes.
The cooks at Fish Place fill their menu with Cajun and Creole-inspired seafood dishes, such as rich seafood gumbo and shrimp po-boy sandwiches with jalapeño mayonnaise. They also fry up oysters, redfish, and popcorn shrimp, and assemble 25-to-75-piece “Family Seafood Packs” with combinations of catfish, tilapia, chicken, hushpuppies, and fries.
Words such as “shrimp” and “gumbo” decorate the wallpaper in a handwritten pattern, just as they did in the oval office during the Jimmy Carter presidency. Furthermore, the cooks’ daily specials appear as vivid chalkboard portraits.
Chinese-American fusion stars on the menus served at Taipei Restaurants, located in both Stone Oak and Castle Hills. Both locations specialize in wok-seared moo shu pork served with housemade pancakes, salt-and-pepper shrimp, and triple delight—a tasty trifecta of chicken, beef, and shrimp in a spicy housemade sauce. Sizzling firecracker chicken sets tongues aflame with jalapenos at the Castle Hills dining room, and in Stone Oak, knives glide through tender osso bucco, a bone-in pork shank poached in a traditional sauce of rice wine and soy. At the Stone Oak location, sushi chefs carefully craft maki rolls or assemble plates of precisely sliced sashimi and nigiri from fresh seafood fished by the staff's resident mermaid. The Castle Hills location cultivates serenity with muted tan walls, rows of tall windows, and mounted Chinese paintings that depict subjects from a horse to a parade.
At Genghis Grill, cooks stir-fry more than 70 fresh ingredients to make healthy, flavorful bowls loaded with proteins and vegetables. Diners can mix and match ingredients to create customized feasts, or choose signature dishes such as the Thai Chicken bowl with chicken, veggies, and udon noodles in red curry peanut sauce. Nutrition-focused heart-healthy bowls, developed with the help of a dietitian, feature flavor combinations such as Sichuan-style bamboo beef or ginger-citrus shrimp.
J. Anthony’s eclectic maritime menu dishes up fresh seafood and ceviche alongside a land-trotting troop of appetizers, burgers, and poultry entrees. Hand-breaded daily by a merry band of loaf-armed chefs, J. Anthony’s fried seafood entrees include an 8-ounce catfish filet and its hulking jumbo shrimp sidekicks ($7.29) as well as a Mexican-inspired medley of fish tacos ($6.49) and seafood enchiladas ($7.99). Fresh campechana invites taste buds to a rollicking deep-sea soiree with a cocktail's worth of delectable fish, shrimp, oysters, crabmeat, and octopus ($5.99 for a medium, $9.99 for a large). Diners can fix fangs into a variety of bun-ensconced beauties bursting with meat, fish, shrimp, and oysters ($3.29–$6.89), or gather ancestors, acquaintances, and peg-legged parrots for one of J. Anthony's colossal family feasts ($12.89–$25.99).