The story of how Eddy Martinez opened Beijing Bistro in Buda starts in Manor.
The landlord of a new commercial center in Buda at FM 967 and FM 1626 came in to Martinez’s Manor restaurant in 2015 and ordered lunch. That day, he offered Martinez a spot at his new development.
“I guess he liked it,” Martinez said.
Martinez, who co-owns the bistro along with Marino Alvarado, opened the Buda restaurant in mid-2015. He said the restaurant has gained popularity with customers because it takes classic American Chinese food recipes and tweaks the recipes slightly.
Sesame chicken ($8.95) is the most popular item on the restaurant’s menu, co-owner Eddy Martinez said.[/caption]
“It’s almost the same like everyone else, but we try to change our recipes with little touches,” he said. “I think the customers like it.”
Martinez and Alvarado have been working in restaurants together since 1995 and in that time have formed a close bond, Martinez said. The pair worked together at Chinese food restaurants throughout Austin in the late ’90s and early 2000s. When Martinez decided he wanted to open a restaurant of his own, Alvarado joined him.
The restaurant’s most popular menu item is the sesame chicken entree ($8.95), Martinez said. The dish is made with dark meat and served with a side of rice. Orange chicken ($8.95), another top seller, is also served with rice.
In late 2016, the restaurant added beer and wine to its menu. Beijing Bistro now offers a variety of American and Chinese beers as well as sake.
The Buddha’s Feast ($7.50) includes sauteed mixed vegetables.[/caption]
More than a year after opening the Buda location, Martinez said he feels like he is ready to begin thinking about other additions to the restaurant’s menu.
Martinez said he also has a longer-term plan to begin serving sushi at the restaurant. Right now, he is waiting to hire the right sushi chef, he said.
Looking ahead, Martinez said he hopes to add new appetizers to his menu. Dumplings, lettuce wraps and Japanese ice cream may be added in the near future, he said.
3420B FM 967, Ste. B-110, Buda
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,
Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.