We dined recently at Salt and Pepper Bistro and were blown away by the food and the atmosphere.
When we arrived it was close to the posted closing time and there was only one other table occupied so we were concerned that we might be too late. While I am sure that she had been looking forward to calling it a day, we were warmly greeted by Beth who assured us that we were welcome to sit down. At no time did we get the feeling that we were being rushed so that they could close and go home.
We both ordered the duck l'orange which was served with au gratin potatoes and sautéed vegetables. Our meals were outstanding - I even ate all my veggies which is quite unusual for me! I passed on an appetizer in order to save room for dessert but did try my husband's onion soup which was very good. For dessert, we shared the dark chocolate and strawberry crepe which was simply mouthwatering.
Throughout our meal, we were visited by the owner-chef, Jean-Claude, who, in addition to being an awesome cook, is a hoot. He obviously has a passion for cooking but seems to be such a joyful person who simply loves life.
Our only complaint was that the wine, a Pinot Noir from southern France, was served chilled. Because it took a while for it to warm up to allow for the full flavors to come out, we were unable to really enjoy the first glass from the bottle. When we asked why they were serving a red wine so chilled, they responded that was how most of their customers preferred it. If that is really the case, I would suggest that they keep a few bottles at room temperature and offer the choice of having it either way so that those of us who would prefer to enjoy the full flavors of a lovely pinot from the first sniff/sip don't have to wait for the bottle to warm up.
But, that complaint aside, we completely enjoyed our meal and experience at the Salt and Pepper Bistro and plan to return.