First Look at Bistro Menil

Located right on the Menil Collection campus in its own standalone building is the beautiful new restaurant, Bistro Menil. Independently run by chef-owner Greg Martin,the chic neighborhood eatery is all kinds of wonderful, from the intimate, candlelit patio, to the contemporary, well-designed interior.

"I love it already!" my friend exclaimed excitedly as I approached where she was waiting for me on the gravel pathway leading up to Bistro Menil's glass door entrance. Even before you enter, the restaurant gives off this California wine country vibe. The patio is shaded by a natural oak tree canopy, while verdant plots of grass surround the restaurant. A large, bright red metal sculpture, made of long criss-crossed tubes resembling a large piece of a jacks game, wasn't lit the night we were there, but it hinted at what we would experience during the day.

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Mai Pham is a contributing freelance food writer and food critic for the Houston Press whose adventurous palate has taken her from Argentina to Thailand and everywhere in between -- Peru, Spain, Hong Kong and more -- in pursuit of the most memorable bite. Her work appears in numerous outlets at the local, state and national level, where she is also a luxury travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.
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