Our favorite "neighborhood" bistro is now MUCH bigger, with the expansion into the adjoining space that was formerly an exercise studio, and before that, an antique shop. We have NEVER had anything from the menu that we haven't loved at Farrar's. Last night I took a friend who has only been there once before, and I hadn't been there myself in several months, so I was thrilled to see all the improvements. The staff is mostly the same, and all are well-trained, friendly, and they actually REMEMBERED me from previous visits! Both owner Debbie and server and bar manager Adam made a point to come by to welcome us and say hello. The young lady who was our server could not have been more helpful, with just the right amount of attentiveness. But it was the food that reminded me why I love to come here: We both had the scallops last night, and shared the wedge salad. I asked for a white wine suggestion, and the Adlesheim Pinot Gris was perfect. It was one of the slightly pricier selections, but it was "local" and still affordable at $32. And it was outstading with the perfectly-cooked scallops, which were beautifully presented on a bed of spinach, roasted cubes of sweet potato, and a bit of crunchy bacon. We asked for the green-chile-style sauce on the side, and it was delicious and not spicy at all, but the dish could easily stand alone. We skipped dessert because we were just too full! I've tried most of them before, though, and all are made from scratch and can easily be shared. In fact, their delicious Bread Pudding can serve FOUR! Or serve 2 and bring the rest home for the next night's dessert! There is now a Happy Hour in that new bar area which I intend to suggest trying when The Hubbs returns from his Fall pheasant hunting trips! Our only complaint last night was not the fault of the restaurant: There was a large group of about 14-16 people seated together on one side of the dining area. By the time we arrived, the noise level in that room was almost unbearable! We thought perhaps they had only just arrived and were just glad to see one another! But several of the women were absolutely screeching throughout our dinner, so my friend and I could not have the relaxing catch-up chat we had hoped for at all, nor could we hear our server. The group was oblivious to our reactions, so they had obviously had plenty to drink before their dinners arrived. Please, people: When you are seated with a large group, try to be considerate of other diners in your midst! We came very close to asking for our dinners to go, and if that happens again, we will probably just leave before we order and come back another time. This is NOT any fault of Farrar's Bistro, although I'm wondering if they might consider hosting such a big group in the larger bar area if possible? The hardwood floors and other solid surfaces just seem to amplify all that shrieking! It just about spoiled our entire evening; we both had headaches by the time we got back home!
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