Jazz Bistro, Missouri City
We enjoyed brunch today at this very attractive new place in the shopping center at Dulles and Cartwright. For several months it appeared to be sort-of-but-not-really open as the Jazz It Up Cafe, then appeared closed for a little while, and has just reopened. The food is Cajun/Southern/soul, and they have live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. Today's brunch buffet included smothered and baked chicken, smothered pork chops, and various breakfast foods, and all were delicious. I remarked to Ivory, the gentleman who welcomed us (the owner? not sure) that I had heard their ribs were excellent. He beamed and insisted on bringing our party some of those ribs (delicious "wet" ribs with a spicy sauce), mac and cheese, red beans and rice, and outstanding peach cobbler--none of which were on the buffet, but I think all are available on the menu. Service was prompt and pleasant, and we will be back for more of those ribs and the peach cobbler. They have things like Cajun ribeye and various seafood dishes on the menu, and even boudin balls as an appetizer.
Nobody (well, maybe Perrier now, with Aura) has been able to make an upscale adult restaurant last for very long out here. I hope many in Fort Bend County will check out the Jazz Bistro. My husband and I certainly plan to go back.
Saturday, April 10 we went to Jazz Bistro Missouri City to have a birthday/dinner party for my 82 year old mother and some friends and family. I previously went in to arrange for the food and reserve the space. I paid the owner $75 for the space and she showed us where we would be sitting. When we got there on Saturday, there was another birthday party set up where she told me we’d be sitting and then she told us we’d be on the other side. I had to ask them to put the tables together for us and it went downhill from there. Even though we called and pre-ordered our food, nothing was ready, so we decided to order appetizers. About 20 minutes later two of my guests received their pasta orders and then they brought out 2 of the tilapia dinners. We told them we had ordered appetizers because they said the food wasn’t ready, but they said they had to bring it out anyway. They then proceeded to bring out some appetizers. So now, some of the people have their entrees and some have appetizers (???) Unfortunately, my mother still hadn’t been served. About 20 minutes later, we asked when the ribs would be coming out and they told us it would take awhile for the ribs. (even though we called and pre-ordered). Some of us ordered grilled chicken which had still not arrived. This was well into an hour and one-half after getting there. Finally, the chicken and ribs arrived. Unfortunately, the chicken was burnt and not cooked through and the ribs were tough and burnt. None of us finished our chicken or ribs. We also ordered desserts. Again, some of us received the desserts and when we asked about the others, we were told they have to cook another pan (????) It never came. But the real kicker to this evening was when the bill came. One example – the pastas were $10.95 on the menu, but my guests were charged $15.95 – the wings were $7.95, but they were charged $9.95. When we asked why the prices were different than on the menu, the waiter replied they charge higher for a birthday dinner!!! I called the owner over and asked about this and first stated she told me it would be higher. I reminded her that she told me it would $15.95 for the buffet, that she never told me the menu prices would be higher. Then she tried to say that she included drinks, but I told her not everyone had drinks, so that doesn’t work. After stumbling through some more lies, she finally said ok, she would charge the menu price. I went back and told my guests they would only have to pay for what the ordered and the price on the menu. When she brought the bill back, (one for the whole table), she had errors on the bill. Disgusted, I asked my guests if we could just split the bill and they all agreed, even the ones who did not order as much. They were disgusted with the whole experience also. I hope they get better, because they won’t be in business long with this kind of service. Also, my mom was so disappointed with her birthday dinner. She felt bad and embarrassed in front of her friends. No one should have that happen to them on their birthday.