New-American chefs dress meals in flavors that represent the nation's melting pot, studding southern meat loaf with Mexican chilies and weaving Italian angel-hair pasta into edible George Washington wigs. Gussy up your palate with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of New-American fusion cuisine at Bistro 829, located in Katy.
Chefs at Bistro 829 harvest regional flavors from throughout the nation for mixing and matching on their New-American dinner and lunch menus. Whet appetites for delicious destruction with whiffs from an initial course of duck tamales in mango-garlic sauce ($8) or one of seven soups and salads ($5). Blending the best of the South and Southwest, kitchen magicians brine sarsaparilla pork chops in root beer and herbs before smoking them over pecan charcoal ($12 lunch, $22 dinner) and chicken-fry the house's slow-roasted prime rib before smothering it in rich poblano-chili gravy ($14 lunch, $23 dinner). A crisp coating of sesame seeds shields rare yellow-fin tuna from the attention of an overheated pan, preferring the company of cool pineapple salsa and skeptical jicama slaw ($22 lunch, $24 dinner).
An elegant, modern aesthetic hues the dining room, wherein white tablecloths bedeck open black tables and high-backed booths. On the chamber's far side, a mural of geometric musicians coats the space in the silence of a live performance stilled for all time.
Bistro 829's chefs create modern variations of familiar, homestyle staples by incorporating an assortment of regional and international flavors. Corn grits lend a distinctive Southern twist to the sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna entree, and the signature chicken-fried prime rib comes coated with cream gravy with a uniquely Southwestern-style blend of bacon and poblano peppers. Bartenders spend their evenings mixing specialty cocktails and uncorking bottles of wine to complement entrees and make sure they're prepared in case their crush wants to play spin the bottle.
Beyond the eclectically inspired menu, the dining room embraces a more casual elegance with its décor. Crisp cloths cover the tables, animal-print fabrics adorn the seats, and the walls remain blank to accentuate abstract paintings of jazz ensembles that circle the room.