Happy to be on the “A-List” again!

We’re pleased to see we’ve again made the Plain Dealer‘s “A List” of the top 100 restaurants in Northeast Ohio. It’s not easy to make a listing of top restaurants in a foodie town such as Cleveland has become, and we’re very honored!

Two notes we’d like to make, however, about the review linked to our listing. First, it says “Be sure to take your statin drug first: More often than not, the sandwich platters come dressed with bacon and/or cheese, with sides of zippy coleslaw and crisp house fries.” We’d like to assure those of you who may not yet have visited us that, all wisdom re the actual value of statin drugs aside, our offerings are not all as high-fat or high-cholesterol as that description implies. We have plenty of dishes that aren’t fried, including some incredible salads. Also, while many of our lunch sandwich offerings are presented in the way described, that description is entirely irrelevant to our dinner menu, which offers far more sides than fries and coleslaw: everything from corn pudding to risottos.

Second, the description of our desserts says that they are “made off premises by a superb home cook.” Actually, our desserts are made on premises by our chefs–sometimes different ones depending on the dessert (could be Ruth, could be Todd, could be Rich…), but they’re made in-house.

Oh, and yes, Ruth in particular prefers to think of the Bistro as a “restaurant” as opposed to a “joint.” But that’s just a personal thing. All in all, we’re thrilled about being rated as one of the best places to eat in the city, and we hope that if you haven’t tried us yet, you’ll stop by and see why. No prescription necessary!

Get out your calendars! We’ve got months of fun planned for you!

We hesitate to say anything too soon, but it seems that maybe the weather is actually starting to act like spring (even if that means rain instead of snow). Can warm, sunny weather be far behind? We hope not. But whatever the weather, we’ve got some amazing events planned at Bistro 185 that will keep you enjoying fantastic food and inspirational spirits all spring and summer long.

We’re kicking off the fun this month with three events sure to make your April fly by. First of all, our next Vegan Dinner is already set for Wednesday, April 20. In keeping with our around-the-world theme, this 3-for-$30 dinner will whisk you off to “A Night in Paris.” This will be French cuisine the way Julia Child never imagined it! The very next evening will be a treat for martini lovers. Our Thursday, April 21 Martini Tasting with Hors D’Oeuvres, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at $40 per person, will introduce you to some incredible bar-side concoctions. And wrapping up the month, our Wednesday, April 27 Wine Dinner, “OPA!,” will spirit you off to the Greek Isles with six courses of Greece-inspired cuisine and wine pairings for $65 per person. Much less expensive than a Greek cruise, and the food will be just as tasty!

You might call our month of May “Asian Month,” even “Sake Month.” We’re planning two different multi-course Sake Dinners: a Vegan Sake Dinner Wednesday, May 18, offering five courses of Asian-inspired vegan cuisine paired with five vegan sakes for $60 per person, and a non-vegan Sake Dinner Wednesday, May 25, pairing six courses of Asian-inspired cuisine with six sakes for $75 per person. This food and drink will be just right for fresh springtime eating.

On Thursday, June 16, we’ll be going back to our 3-for-$30 Vegan Night dinner offering with a menu we’re calling “Hello Summer.” That’s all we’re going to divulge about it right now; keep watching for details! Wednesday, June 22, will see us presenting our “Hello Summer” White Wine Dinner: five delicious courses paired with five summery white wines for $60 per person.

In July, we’ll be celebrating Bar-B-Que Month, so if you didn’t get your fill at your 4th of July cookout, no need to worry–we’ll satisfy your cravings for delicious Q…vegans too! Thursday, July 14, we’ll serve up a Vegan Bar-B-Que 3-for-$30 special, while for the non-vegans Wednesday, July 20, we’ll feature a Bar-B-Que with a Latin American flair: five courses and five wine pairings for $60. Ole!

Locavores rejoice! Our cuisine theme for August celebrates our brief but precious market growing season by featuring the bounty of local farmers’ markets. We kick off Wednesday, August 17, with a Vegan 3-for-$30 “From Farm to Table” dinner, followed on Wednesday, August 24, by a Farmer’s Market Wine Dinner featuring five courses of all-local, all-organic cuisine paired with five organic Lorello Winery wines for $65 per person. Of course, this one, like much of our spring and summer cuisine, will include THE most local food we can serve: produce from our rooftop garden! It just doesn’t get fresher than that!

Finally, we’ll wrap up a summer season of fantastic food and drink with a bit of fun. Did you know that Monday, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Arrrh! If ye didn’t know before, mateys, ye know now! So shiver me timbers, we’ll be celebratin’ with a spirits tastin’ of–what else–rum! Our Rum Tasting will cost 40 gold doubloons (or dollars, if you lack doubloons) and feature hors d’ouevres to satisfy ye hearties’ appetites.

Be sure to mark your calendars and set your reminder alarms, because you won’t want to miss any of the Bistro 185 fun this spring and summer! You can start now by calling 216.481.9635 to reserve for the Vegan Dinner, Martini Tasting, and “OPA!” Wine Dinner. Also, keep watching this space for more details as we draw closer to the events!

STILL WANT TO LEARN HOW TO COOK LIKE CHEF TODD?: You’ve got more chances coming up! First, Todd will present an “April in Paris” cooking lesson this Sunday, April 10, teaching you how to prepare an entire menu of springtime French bistro-style classics. Then, on May 15, his “Small Sweets” class will give you hands-on experience in creating classic French sweet treats. Both classes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sur la Table Woodmere, 28819 Chagrin Boulevard at Eton; tuition is $65 for “April in Paris” and $69 for “Small Sweets.” Call to reserve your place now at 800.243.0852. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to study French cuisine with a Paris-trained chef!

A little April Fool’s fun…Bistro 185 video from 100 years ago!

Did you know Bistro 185 is celebrating its centennial this year? That’s right–we’ve been cooking up delicious food here for a hundred years now. Well…OK, not really. But if you want an idea of what Bistro 185 might have looked like in movies from 100 years ago, you can get a taste of it today.

YouTube is celebrating April Fool’s Day by traveling back in time…pretending to be celebrating its own centennial, complete with a 1911-style logo and a “1911” button that appears on videos. Click the “1911” button and you get to experience what the video might have looked like in 1911…sepia color, scratches and blisters, blippy frames, and old-timey music (no “talkies,” of course). To see the 1911 version of Bistro 185, go to YouTube and click on one of the videos on our channel. The “1911” button doesn’t always seem to pop up, but keep refreshing and clicking and you should be able to find and apply it.

Have fun! And don’t forget, if you return from your 1911 time-trip hungry, we’re open for lunch and dinner as usual today…no fooling! Because when it comes to serving you delicious food, we never fool around. (Don’t forget, it’s Fish Fry Friday, too…so put your reservation or order in early to avoid a sellout!)