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1513 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77006, United States | (713) 904-3537

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$$ (Entrees $15 to $30)

cuisine

American

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Great design
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A red jack marks the spot—the large toy-inspired outdoor installation is iconic in Houston—at the modern, open-all-day bistro adjacent to the famous Menil Collection. Here, the American dishes have a European influence—flatbread pizza topped with ham and manchego, eggplant "fries," quiches, seafood, salads, and cassoulet. Felt-like clouds cover one wall (custom art by two French brothers) to alleviate noise levels in the large, light-filled space with polished floors and gallery-white walls, where the crowd is steady and a mix of fashionable locals and museum visitors. There is a cask wine program and the beer is local to Houston and Austin. Want to stroll the gorgeous grounds of the museum compound? For a nominal fee, you can buy a bottle of wine and "rent" glassware to take with you and return.

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Bistro Menil

A red jack marks the spot—the large toy-inspired outdoor installation is iconic in Houston—at the modern, open-all-day bistro adjacent to the famous Menil Collection. Here, the American dishes have a European influence—flatbread pizza topped with ham and manchego, eggplant "fries," quiches, seafood, salads, and cassoulet. Felt-like clouds cover one wall (custom art by two French brothers) to alleviate noise levels in the large, light-filled space with polished floors and gallery-white walls, where the crowd is steady and a mix of fashionable locals and museum visitors. There is a cask wine program and the beer is local to Houston and Austin. Want to stroll the gorgeous grounds of the museum compound? For a nominal fee, you can buy a bottle of wine and "rent" glassware to take with you and return.