It’s almost Lent, and at the Bistro, that means the return of Fish Fry Fridays at dinnertime. You can always count on a good fish fry with mac ‘n’ cheese at lunch, but especially for the Lenten season, you can either dine in or pick up a dinner of tempura-fried walleye, crispy French fries, and creamy-cool cole slaw during our evening hours. (You might want to come in early to make sure we haven’t run out.) Stop by starting Friday, March 7, for a weekly piscatorial platter bound to please your palate!
If you’re like us, you’re ready and willing to say “Enough already!” to winter. Time to poleax the Polar Vortex and get on with spring, right? Well, here at the Bistro we can’t control the weather, but we can bring soft feelings of spring to your palate, and we’ve come up with two different ways to do it.
Our Hungarian Inspired Vegan Dinner Thursday, March 20, will make you feel as if you’ve escaped the snow and ice and are enjoying the bounty of spring in Budapest. This “3-for-$30″ (plus tax and gratuity) menu is a heartwarmer:
Marinated Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad
Apple and Dried Apricot Strudel
Vanilla Frozen “Yogurt”
The menu will be available between 5 and 9 p.m. This one is sure to be a pleaser for vegan diners and those just trying it out, so make your reservations now!
Are you a wine lover? You won’t want to miss our “La Vie En Rosé” Wine Dinner Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. This fabulous feast teams five courses of sumptuous dining with five prime examples of rosé wines. Here’s the menu:
Skewered Sweet Red Chili Shrimp “Bar-B-Que” Style
Trio of Avocado, Edamame and Bean Sprouts
Warm Honey-Lime Coulis
Panko-Crusted Herbed Goat Cheese
Roasted Beets — Medallion of Grilled Sweet Sausage
Red and Green Grape Salsa
Arugula with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Smoked Tomato-Garam Masala Israeli Couscous
Black Bean and Hominy Relish
Slow-Roasted Veal Short Ribs
Wilted Savoy Cabbage with Smoked Nueske Bacon and Cannellini Beans
Finished with a Pomegranate Bar-B-Que Glaze
Chocolate Mousses Roulade
Fresh Raspberry and Chambord Whipped Cream
White Chocolate Ribbon
Watch this space for wine pairings to be announced. Cost of this “view of dinner through rosé-colored glasses” is $58.50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Be sure to save your place by calling 216.481.9635.
The time to stake your claim on the first taste of spring is now!
OK, so it’s The Tenant coming to you today, and getting to the Bistro for Sunday brunch is not that tough for me in any weather — all I have to do is walk downstairs. But you can believe me when I tell you that a Bistro 185 brunch is worth traveling a bit for! I ordered the blintzes with a side of Marc’s house-made sausage, and it looked so good I forgot to take a photo before digging in! Was as delicious as it looked, too!
Not convincing enough? You need a second opinion? How about Laura Taxel’s? You need some good pictures? How about Barney Taxel’s? You can find both here. And yes, amongst other dishes, they had the cheese blintzes, and after trying them myself, I have to agree with their assessment. Light, airy, and full of fluffy cheese goodness, delicately kissed with powdered sugar, served with sour cream and local Abby’s Orchard preserves, they are a delight. The pork sausage was the perfect side, with its slightly hot spiciness providing a zippy contrast to the gentle slight sweetness of the blintzes.
All right. If that’s not a convincer to get out and brave the snow and cold, I don’t know what is. Drive carefully!
(If you really can’t make it today, I would still highly recommend you put the Bistro on your list of Sunday brunches to try. Whatever the weather, it’s amazing. And you might just get to say hi to me — I’m working my way through the menu. Next week, Gravlax and Eggs!)
Love is a wonderful thing…whether it’s for another person, or for chocolate. If the one you love also loves chocolate — and even more so if you both have a passion for it — you may already know that for the past three years, the Bistro has been celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special wine dinner in which each course incorporates some form of chocolate. If you do know, you’ll want to make plans now to join us for our Fourth Annual Chocolate and Wine Valentine Dinner Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. And if you don’t, well…now you do!
Wouldn’t treating your loved one to a complete dinner full of chocolate delights beat a box of candy any day? If just the idea isn’t intriguing enough, here’s the menu:
Hazelnut- and Panko-Crusted Middle Eastern Baby Lamb Lollipop Chop
White Chocolate Vinaigrette
Sous Vide Duck Breast
Chocolate-Cherry Cordial Sauce
Chocolate and Banana Ravioli
White Chocolate Shavings
If you haven’t yet joined us for one of our chocolate dinners, you may be thinking “Chocolate in every course? Wouldn’t that be an awful lot of sweetness?” Surprisingly, no. Without the addition of sugar, chocolate and cocoa (both brown and white) act more as flavoring or spices than as sweeteners. Our chocolate-flavored entrees (other than dessert) are more savory than sweet —and they’re a revelation in flavor.
Watch this space for wine pairings to come. You’ll fall in love with them, too!
Cost of this candy crush of an evening is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity, by prepaid reservation. Don’t think too long about whether to call 216.481.9635 and make one…just go with your heart. Then go, with your heart’s desire.
Our upcoming Retro Dinner this Wednesday, Jan. 22, will be a fun nostalgia trip — and so are fond childhood memories of great home cooking. For Ruth, that’s more than just retro chic. For her, cuisine “the way it used to be” means recipes based on her family’s Jewish tradition, learned at her mother’s side in the 1950s and still heartwarming and delicious today.
Ruth was only 3 when her family fled Poland to escape the Nazis and settled in the Kinsman neighborhood, at that time a magnet for European Jewish families emigrating to Cleveland. She grew up surrounded by those families and the variety of national cuisines they brought with them, a source of great comfort for people so abruptly uprooted from their homelands and everything they had known and loved. Ruth first learned how to cook from watching her mother and aunts make the Polish classics, like krupnik, a barley soup with meat and vegetables, and kreplach, the “Jewish dim sum.” Her memories of those earliest culinary experiences, and the love and care that infused each dish, still influence everything she makes.
Ruth recently shared those memories with Vivian Goodman for her “Quick Bites” show on WKSU-FM Radio. If you missed hearing her then, you can listen to and read her story here. The website also features video of Ruth making kreplach. Enjoy!
OK, so here we are at the cusp of a new year…starting fresh, moving forward into whatever the future holds…but wait? What’s that you say? You like taking the occasional diversion into the past? You’re counting down the days until the final season of Mad Men? You enjoy dining old-school and sipping the kind of cocktails Don Draper knocked back at home (and, yes, when he was at work, all too often)? Well, if that’s what turns you on, have we got a dinner for you!
Join us Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m. for our Retro Dinner—a blast to the past that’ll make you feel like it’s the ’60s again. From dishes to drinks, our menu is five courses of throwback treats:
Retro Trio: Crabby Deviled Eggs, Spinach-Stuffed Tomato and Waldorf Salad
Cocktail: A Furlong Too Late
Swedish Veal Meatball-Stuffed Mushroom En Croûte
Cocktail: Pimm’s Cup
Cocktail: Harvey Wallbanger
Cocktail: Absinthe Minded Martini
Lemon Meringue Tart
Cocktail: Brandy Alexandra
Cost of this trip back in time is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Don’t miss your opportunity to step into the past with us—call 216.481.9635 and make your prepaid reservation now! You may even want to dress appropriately: dig those old dresses, suits, shoes and hats out of the closet (or your parents’ or grandparents’ closet) and get your vintage fashion look on so you can enjoy time traveling in style! Either way, save your spot now, and join us for a dinner party like they just don’t make ‘em anymore (except at the Bistro!).
Make your plans now to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Bistro! We have three dinner seating times waiting for you: 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Call 440-481-9635 with your credit card and email information and make your reservations! (Since New Year’s Eve is one of our busiest nights of the year, we request that all cancellations be made before December 28. There will be a $25 charge per person for reservations not canceled within the 72-hour period between December 28 and 31 and for no-shows.) It’ll be a special night, so expect the unexpected, and get ready to ring in the New Year in style!
Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? Stop by the Bistro today and you’ll really be in luck. Today, Friday the 13th only, we’re bringing back our Black Friday gift card sale. Buy $100 worth of Bistro gift cards and we’ll give you a $25 card free! This is your chance to get more of your holiday shopping done quickly and easily while enjoying a terrific lunch or dinner at the Bistro. Drop in today, buy a great gift everyone on your list will enjoy, and feel lucky all holiday season long!
It’s time for us to break out the bubbly again and toast a new year…and you’re invited to join us. Our Champagne Dinner Monday, December 30, at 6:30 p.m. will pair five sumptuous dishes with five sparkling wines that will lighten your spirits and float your taste buds away. Here’s what we have planned:
Wild Mushroom Tart
Black Truffle Vinaigrette
Wine: Baron Fuente Rosé Champagne
Lobster Bisque with Butter-Poached Lobster Medallions
Wine: Collalto Extra Dry Prosecco
Sous Vide Rack of Lamb
Baby Arugula Salad
Wine: Graham Beck Brut
Seared Day Boat Scallop
Coconut-Lemongrass Saffron Broth
Wine: Baron Fuente 2004 Champagne
Boule de Neige
Wine: Graham Beck Demi Sec
Cost of our end-of-year feast is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. After you call to make your prepaid reservation, you will receive an email confirming your reservation and payment. Sorry, but we cannot accept any cancellations after Tuesday, December 24.
We look forward to seeing you at this very special dinner event. Don’t miss out; call 216.481.9635 to reserve your spot before it sells out!
Here at the Bistro, we hope you’re having a Happy Thanksgivikkah! And we understand if you’re also preparing to head out soon and take advantage of holiday bargains to get your shopping done. But we think we’ve got the best Black Friday deal of all—and you don’t even have to bust our door down to get it.
Once again, we’re offering our “Black Friday Gift Certificate Sale.” Stop in to Bistro 185 Friday and you can not only take a break from your shopping with a fabulous lunch or dinner out, but you can get some of it done at the same time! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 ONLY, if you purchase $100 worth of Bistro 185 gift certificates (in any denomination — one $100 certificate, two $50 certificates, one $75 certificate and one $25 certificate, or four $25 certificates), you will receive a $25 certificate FREE! You can choose to give your free certificate away, or treat yourself…we won’t tell!
Bistro 185 gift certificates are the perfect solution for the food lovers in your life who already “have everything.” They never lose value or expire, and you’re not going to see anybody “regift” one, either! Best of all, you don’t need to camp out, jump up from the table after dinner today, or fight your way through crowds to get them. Just ask your server!
What a way to give the special people in your life a relaxing afternoon or evening out, or a restorative Sunday brunch to start their week off perfectly!
You don’t need to set your alarm clock…just remember that we’ll be open for lunch and dinner Friday, November 29, and that the “Buy $100, get $25 free” offer is good THAT DAY ONLY, in person! Come to Bistro 185 and return home with gifts everyone on your list will savor!