Willows Bistro was a very pleasant recent discovery. I am not sure how long they have been open or why we have missed dining there, but we were able to rectify that oversight on a recent lunch date.
Willows is located near the downtown area in what appears to be a renovated warehouse. While small, the restaurant has a lot of charm. The kitchen is open to the dining room and is surrounded on one side by a small bar. Daily specials are written on a large sign over the bar. Outside seating is available however it looks out over the parking lot so it was not very appealing.
After a lot of deliberation we decided to go with items on the standard menu (please note the menu on the internet is not exactly the one currently in use - I had something picked out that is not on the current menu). Our selections included grilled hanger steak salad, “grilled hanger steak to your liking (rare in our case); with grilled portabella, roasted onions and shaved fontina cheese” and the smoked shrimp risotto, which was actually an appetizer. I asked our server if it would be adequate for lunch and she assured me it would, and it was more than enough. The risotto was just a tiny bit too al dente for me, a minute or two longer in the skillet would have made it perfect, but it was rich and creamy with the shrimp adding just a touch of smokiness.
Willows serves brunch as well as dinner and we are already looking forward to our next visit.
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