American Girl Bistro Houston
We recently visited Houston over Christmas and New Years and couldn’t wait to see what the city had to offer for families. I had heard so much about American Girl dolls and knew I wanted to take my daughter to a store at some point. Being from the UK, we don’t have any here so it would be a special treat. She knew about the dolls, having seen them online but I knew a visit to a store would be an experience. I hoped there would be a store in Houston. I felt 5 years old was the perfect age to begin her American Girl journey.
Before our trip, I found that not only is there an American Girl store in Houston in Memorial City Mall but they also have a bistro! Even better! I decided that we would make an afternoon of it and made a lunch reservation for my daughter and I. I thought we could have lunch in the bistro before we wandered around the store.
My daughter loves having mummy daughter days, so decided I’d surprised her with a visit. We got ready for our girls day out, left the boys at home and headed out. As we arrived outside the store, her face lit up as she realised where we were going!
The American Girl Bistro Experience
We checked in at the bistro and our experience began. My daughter didn’t have her own American Girl doll at the time so the hostess asked her to choose a doll from their selection to dine with. This is probably one of the most exciting aspects of the bistro, dining with a doll. I can imagine it would be even more exciting if you had your own doll.
The dolls have their own highchair so they can sit at the table with you. The dolls are provided with a cup, plate and place mat which you get to take home with you.
The napkin holders are bow hairbands, which you also get to take home with you. My daughter wanted to wear hers straight away over the pink bows she already had in her hair! The decor was very pink but cute. There were vases with pink flowers on each table and a box of conversation starters.
While we waited for our food, we enjoyed using a box of conversation starters. They have questions such as “What’s your favourite kind of music to dance to?” and “If you could only watch movies or read books for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?” We found the conversation starters a lot of fun and they entertained my daughter while we waited.
There isn’t a specific kids section on the menu but you can guess which menu items are tailored for kids by the types of dishes and the prices. We ordered Soft Pretzel Bites as a starter for my daughter and the Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza for her main. I wasn’t hungry enough for a large lunch and didn’t want a salad, so I chose what I believed was aimed at kids and therefore thought would be small and went with the Best Ever Chicken Tenders and chose the grilled chicken option.
I sampled my daughters food, the pretzel bites were served with cheddar cheese and honey mustard dipping sauces. It was a nice start to the meal.
The pizza was good for a pizza with plenty of flavour. My daughter was very happy with her meal.
My grilled chicken was served with macaroni, BBQ sauce and a fruit kebab. It was a basic and bland meal and I would have liked some flavour to my grilled chicken but as you can see in the photo, it was very much so a child friendly dish, which I knew I was ordering so I couldn’t really complain! My daughters’ pizza however was much better, so I’m not sure if it was just an undesirable meal or if it was so plain due to it being aimed at kids.
We were too full for dessert but there were some tasty sounding milkshakes and sundaes on the menu. They also had a few fun desserts such as decorating your own cupcakes. You can see the American Girl Bistro Houston menu here.
Overall, we had a lovely meal and most importantly,my daughter had a great experience. The whole process was smooth and enjoyable and the staff were friendly with the kids. The additions of dining with a doll, the freebies to take home and the conversation starters made the visit even more worthwhile. Would I go again? Yes definitely! It was a fun mummy daughter date and it was the perfect way to spend an hour before heading over to the American Girl store for some doll shopping!