Laura Taxel writes a love letter to the Bistro

When a discriminating, well-respected Cleveland food critic chooses to stop by your restaurant on her days off—when she names it as a place to which she likes to bring her favorite people—that’s something pretty special. That’s why we were so delighted to see Laura Taxel’s post “Tried, True and Terrific” on the Cleveland Magazine website May 8. Laura tells about why she and her husband have been regulars here since the Bistro opened in 2006 (her post includes several terrific photos by Barney). Among her words of praise:

“We love to talk curing and smoking with Marc, and I appreciate his savvy (and recommendations) when it comes to wine and beer.”

“Ruth is a culinary powerhouse and someone I admire. She’s knowledgeable, skilled and imaginative when it comes to cooking but without ego or pretension (always giving credit to her crack kitchen team, especially chef Todd Mueller), and she seems to possess the energy and endurance of two.”

“The service is friendly, the prices affordable. The bar is well stocked with interesting stuff. Though some dishes show up often because they’re popular, the menu changes daily so it never gets boring. And there are always ample choices: meat, poultry, fish, vegetarian — options from light to hearty.”

“But most of all, the husband and I agreed that we’d never, not ever, had a bad meal there…We keep coming here, and bring family, friends and out-of-towners because we can depend on having a fine night out.”

Thanks, Laura! We’re so glad you feel this way, and we’ll keep working hard to make sure you continue to do so!

Go south—WAY south—at our “Tex-Mex Night” Vegan Dinner May 23

Vegans—and those interested in trying out vegan cuisine—are invited to take a tasty trip with us to Tex-Mex country Thursday, May 23 at our Tex-Mex Night Vegan Dinner between 5 and 9 p.m. If you think Tex-Mex cooking has to be all about the beef, come to this 3-for-$30 dinner and be amazed!

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad

Tex-Mex Bar-B-Que Tofu
Black Bean and Corn Sauté

Silken Tofu Mexican Chocolate Mousse

Enjoy a meatless barbecue with south-of-the-border spice and a flavor as big as all Texas. Call 216.481.9635 to reserve your place at this feast!

Take a walk on the unusual side with our “Off the Beaten Path” Wine Dinner May 22

Feeling like you’re in a bit of a rut? Ready to explore something new this spring? The Bistro has just the thing for you: Try some new wines and some different, delicious dishes at our “Off the Beaten Path” Wine Dinner Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Each course will feature a dish you’ve never tried before (at least not the way we make it!), paired with a wine that is also likely to be new to you. Discover some fresh flavors and fall in love with a new label—just take a look!

First Course
Gazpacho Shooter
Wine: Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes

Second Course
Johnny Cake with Maple Butter Reduction
Smoked Trout Pâté with Salmon Caviar
Wine: Ferrari-Carano

Third Course
Chicken and Almond Beggar’s Purse Crêpe
Wine: Liquid Velvet Red Blend

Fourth Course
Korean Surf and Turf: Korean Short Rib and Scallop
Kimchi with Red Rice
Wine: Gundlach-Bundschu Mountain Cuvee

Fifth Course
Bibb Lettuce with Hearts of Palm, Duck Bacon and French White Vinaigrette
Wine: Skulls

Dessert Course
Lemon Curd Tart
Limoncello Macerated Berries
Wine: Meeker Zinfandel Ice Wine

Cost of this vacation to a oasis of new flavors is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 216.481.9635 and book your reservation!