Neighborhood Eats 2015
Katy Trail Eatery

New restaurant-bar blossoms on Katy Trail with unobstructed patio views

Restaurant-bar blossoms on Katy Trail with unobstructed patio views

Steak and fries
Royal 38 will offer views of Katy Trail and steak frites on the plate. Cheapsteaks

A new restaurant is coming to the Katy Trail, in a surprising location in that the building previously housed medical offices. Called Royal 38, it will open at 3403 N. Fitzhugh Ave. in spring 2016.

According to a release, "the new concept will combine unforgettable dining, with cocktail and wine pairing experiences all foodies will appreciate." The space was previously home to a chiropractic office. Royal 38 will feature a dining room, intimate lounge, and patio with outdoor garden and views of the Katy Trail.

The menu has the newly trendy toasts, served on thickly sliced grilled sourdough bread, topped with Brie, onion jam, and apple. "Shareable plates" will include braised veal cheeks with fried polenta cake and veal reduction, and salt and pepper chicken skins with chili, peanuts, Thai vinaigrette, and lime.

Entrees include blue crab fettuccine with cherry tomatoes, red pepper, corn, and bacon, as well as steak frites with truffle herb fries. An eponymous 38 Burger will be topped with Muenster cheese and bacon jam. A grilled cheese sandwich will come on Texas toast with three cheeses — Muenster, provolone, and American — plus apple and thick-cut bacon.

The release states that Royal 38 has a wine list composed by a certified sommelier, plus cocktails including a signature bourbon based drink called the Crown Jewel.

In October, some neighbors protested the idea of a bar in the space and created a petition, expressing concerns about crime. "A late-night outdoor bar on the Katy Trail can increase crime, drugs, noise, and litter along the Katy Trail," the petition reads.

But a quote from Mike Backlund, identified as the principal of Royal 38, emphasizes the venue as a restaurant.

"Our vision for Royal 38 is an elegant, yet fun and comfortable place where friends can gather to enjoy each other, some incredible food, and great beverages," he says.