Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of lunch fare at Little House Bistro on Moffett Road. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Executive chef Marc Walden, foreman of Little House Bistro's culinary construction crew, builds an edible blueprint around fine Southern-bistro dining with a twist. Just as a hot air balloon is anchored by bags full of beef, the lunch menu is anchored by the brawny Bistro burger, which is stacked with lettuce, tomato, red onions, and house-made pickles ($8.50). Baby spinach salad shushes mewling stomachs with sweet toppings such as roasted apples and candied pecans ($8), and deviled eggs debauch savory sides of potato salad ($2.50). Diners can end their meal by elegantly nibbling a slice of cheesecake ($6) or hastily plunging into a dish of crème brûlée ($5). Little House Bistro inhabits a 1930s home complete with a wide porch entrance for attracting stray newspapers.
Little House Midtown
Up the steps of the1930s-era home, a wide, wraparound porch gives diners the impression they are entering a rural townhouse. And that’s the feeling Donna Rodriguez and executive chef Marc Walden want to evoke—that of a little house, which they can fill with startlingly large flavors. Chef Walden vows to use only fresh, locally sourced ingredients to craft the eatery’s southern-style dishes, which blossom beneath modern twists, including apricot compote and okra chips. As chefs introduce new york strip, filet mignon, and blackened delta catfish to flame, the contented crackle of the hot grill drifts from the kitchen. Patrons marinating to weekly live jazz music in the dining room request a savory bacon cheesecake to go, or search for Waldo in the pastel whorls of the bistro’s vibrant impressionist paintings.