Resto Gastro Bistro is the Trinity Groves spot from husband-and-wife team Linda Mazzei and D.J. Quintanilla. Mazzei has years of hospitality experience with Star Canyon, Lombardi Concepts, Stampede 66, Whiskey Cake and NYLO Plano. Quintanilla, a chef for 22 years, has served the kitchens of Bijoux, Abacus, Jaspers and Common Table. His menu consists of “all French techniques with Japanese influences,” he says. “These are things I know work; all the best things that I’ve done someplace else.” The deconstructed Resto Caesar ($7) is served with a big spongy crouton and delicately fried white anchovies. The cast-iron pork tenderloin ($22) comes with cinnamon-butter sticky rice and a banana-tamarind salsa. And the red chile-honey cured filet ($28) is served atop sour cream potato croquettes and roasted garlic bordelaise. “It’s just me,” Quintanilla says. “This is who I am.”
Ambiance: Farmhouse chic
Price range: $7-$28
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.;
Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3-11 p.m.;
Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.
More dining spots at Trinity Groves
1 Hofmann Hots
This hot-dog place from Phil Romano offers German franks or kielbasa on buns that are made daily on site. Try a chili dog or go for something more adventurous, such as “Himalayan dog” with onion chutney and toasted curry aioli. The tater tots are top notch as well.
2 Amberjax Fish Market Grille
Amberjax is a restaurant and market. So you can buy fresh fish to take home and cook or order from the menu, which includes tuna tartare, gumbo, big seafood salads, grilled fish entrees and lobster mac and cheese.