I appreciate the fact that The Bistro makes an effort to use local ingredients for their dishes. Listed on the back of the menu is a long list of places where they get their products, including Davis Seafood in Sneads Ferry, the Farmers Market at Poplar Grove, several area farms and seafood places in eastern NC. The menu states, "...we want to serve freshly made, seasonal, and family-farmed foods, organic produce, chemical free meats and fresh local, sustainable seafood."
The food is delicious. When we recently went I had the pan seared scallops over a bed of collard greens, served with crispy grit cakes all with a light sauce/seasoning. The scallops were done just right, perfect in fact. I was very happy with my meal.
Others in my party had cornmeal crusted oysters, 14 spice crusted ribeye and salads with seafood. Everyone enjoyed their entrees; however, the soup and appetizer did not get rave reviews.
One person ordered the pan roasted mussels and clams as an appetizer and offered everyone else some. It's supposed to come in a tomato and white wine broth with andouille sausage toasted flat bread. There wasn't any sausage at all, we all agreed that the sauce tasted just like Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce with a few hot spices added and the bread that came with it was just toasted slices of loaf bread, not flat bread.
The two people who got salads with seafood also got a crock of the soup of the day, which was similar to New England clam chowder. When it came out it was barely room temperature and had to be sent back to be warmed up.
I had a cocktail that was very tasty. It was sweet wine with soda water, muddled cherries and mint. It was $9 and was basically a wine spritzer but was in a large glass.
In the past I've had Bistro Shrimp and Grits, which was also fantastic.
I recommend this restaurant, the food is delicious, but keep in mind that it is very expensive. The entrees range in price from $20-$32 (burgers and sandwiches are $14) but are ala cart. I would expect for the price to at least get a basket of bread or hushpuppies or homemade chips or something for the table or perhaps a side salad with the meal but you don't get anything extra at all.
We didn't get any desserts this time but we did the last time we were there and they were out of this world.
The service is outstanding. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful.
Make reservations if you plan on eating here (you can do it online), the bar area is very small and if you have to wait for a table you will be extremely crowded.
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