Anytime a dining option becomes available on the west side of Baytown, curiosity sweeps over me. Love the many options on the east side of town but lets face it. Navigating Garth Road is about as fun as a stubbing your toe against furniture. The only difference being Garth Road lasts much longer.
Black Bayou Restaurant & Bar opened to rave reviews recently. Co-worker and food enthusiasts Christopher James and Mark Fleming gave it a trial run with their approval.
Based on the recommendation, I couldn’t wait to sample the goods for myself.
The menu was a fusion of Vietnamese and Cajun food. I was all for that. Glancing at the menu, my biggest problem was I had to narrow down my choices. Luckily, I had a solid server willing to lend a helping hand. Together, we decided the grilled pork spring rolls would be a good idea.
The only spring rolls I had tried previous to Black Bayou were filled with shrimp. I can now tell you pork may be the way to go. And particular credit should be given to presentation of the peanut sauce. It is topped with peanuts, carrots and what I assumed was chili sauce. I stirred it together, dusted one off and turned my attention to the main course.
I settled in on the crawfish fried rice, which was liberally topped with green onions. As presented, the fried rice was a little too bland for me. But once I added a little soy sauce it was time to put the women and children to bed and eat my dinner. The nifty thing about Black Bayou is the kitchen is not shy about putting fried rice in its unique bowls.
The lunch as it turned out, locked me down for the rest of the day. I even put aside one of the spring rolls for later on. Much later on.
To top the meal off, I decided to try the beignet. Christopher planted the seed in my head. But it was not meant to be.
After ordering it, to my chagrin I found out the beignet lady was not able to work that day. The manager told me if she remembered me I would get half off the New Orleans treat on my next visit.
So I have that going for me.
I can already see my stock rising in the eyes of my wife with the promise of beignets. If you want your stock to rise, check out Black Bayou on your next date night.
Black Bayou is located at 1930 Garth Road in Baytown. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is also open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Michael Pineda is the assistant managing editor for The Baytown Sun. He can be reached at 281-425-8018 or email@example.com.