Overview of Mister Chip’s kitchen and bar

Chef Chip Hight has been preparing to open Mister Chip’s Kitchen and Bar since December. Signage is in place, staff are trained and now they are summarizing the details of their new downtown establishment. He said the Midlanders will have to keep an eye on their social media notifications for the announcement of the opening of Mister Chip’s Kitchen and Bar.

Hight gave the Reporter-Telegram early access and a taste of what’s on the menu Thursday afternoon.

The old Basin Burger building was transformed with the help of Hight’s sister, Beth Harris. There are even more crane artworks to be put up in the nearly 5,600 square foot space. Customers can order on the way in or at the bar. The space was decorated with dragon-print wallpaper, steamer basket covers, art panels, and green leather seating. Guests can also order seated using a QR code offered at each table.

The restaurant will have a covered outdoor seating area with retractable garage doors in part of the patio. There will be cornhole, Connect Four and Jenga on the terrace. The restaurant retains the fireplace, which will be used during the colder months. The restaurant can accommodate up to 150 people.

Mister Chip’s will offer a variety of Asian fusion dishes like noodles, dumplings and more. The bar will also offer a creative selection of sakes, wines and cocktails. Sweet potato fries, crisp brussels, Mongolian beef and egg roll were offered at the preview paired with John Woo (Paloma), Mister Chip’s Manhattan and Fredericksburg’s Altstadt Kolsch.

The sweet potato fries are seasoned with furikake, sesame seed and seaweed seasoning and spicy aioli. The sweet potato fries were probably one of the most impressive dishes served and offered a different take on the appetizer. Opal’s Table’s famous crispy Brussels sprouts will be interpreted differently at the restaurant. Instead of Worcestershire glaze, Mister Chip’s Kitchen will have soy glaze with fresh jalapenos and grated almonds.

Mongolian beef should be on any spice lover’s must-have list. The dish is served with green peppers and Sichuan red peppers. It might be better for those who don’t like too much spice to leave the Sichuan peppers as a garnish instead of biting into them. Hight also offers a larger than normal egg roll with a sweet and sour sauce. Carrots, cabbage and pork are wrapped in an imperial roll wrap then fried to perfection. Like everything else on the menu, it’s a delicious spin on a classic.

The bar will offer a specialty cocktail menu featuring Mister Chip’s Manhattan and John Woo, a version of a Sichuan salt paloma.


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