Bess is an authentic bistro in the Stratford Arms building at 500 West Sixth Street, Austin's Old Pecan Street. Originally the Stratford Apartments built in 1918, the vintage building's old bank vault is Bess' kitchen, a treasury of great food, today. Where coins and currency were once counted out, carefully selected beers, wines and liquors are served from a stunning pewter bar custom-made in Montbazon.
An idea in the making for over 4 years, historic brick columns and arches, iron railings, and old timbers have been carefully preserved and complemented with solid pecan woodwork, custom tile, extraordinary etched glass, antique mirrors and artwork, to create a whimsically intimate setting for any occasion. The 6th Street entry to Bess is a canopied stairway to the Bess Experience, a unique blend of casual elegance, cheeky ease, and European flair mixed with good ol' Southern come'n get it.
The menu deliberately defies classification. Creole inspired Shrimp Bess beckons comfortably beside Croque Monsieur. Natural, organic and light offerings are right at home with old fashioned Mac & Cheese and Steak Frites. The menu's common thread is the passion of the chef.