We had a large group of friends  get together at the Washington St. Bistro this past weekend. Charming location!! We have this group meet up once/year in Morristown and always try someplace different.
For a BYOB I was suitably impressed with their selection of glassware, service ware and complete capability of servicing the table with the wide variety of items we brought it [many different wines and beers].
The menu was very comfort-food-centric with some interesting unusual items thrown in. Our server, Kelly, was fabulous and put up with the lot of us very well. We took a long time ordering and stayed well over the two hours a group of 9 usually should. I don't know if that was due to kitchen delays or simply us chatting so long it took forever to clear courses. Either way no one cared - we were mostly concerned with the company.
The food was tasty. I was not overly impressed with the presentation but some items were fabulous - the stuffed Artichoke appetizer was by far the biggest winner. The Pear/Parsnip soup was also a WOW ! The sides were also better than expected [Brussels Sprouts and the Cauliflower both got rave reviews] but small portions - ok to share for 2 people, but maybe not 3+ [order more of each if so].
My Cassoulet was tasty but not a wow. My husband had the seared duck breast and while it was tender, appeared over cooked.
I was impressed that not only did another server stop over to say hello, who remembered one person from our party from having dined there before but the chef [owner?] stopped over to inquire with everyone how it all was. THAT made my night! He obviously cares and will take suggestions to heart.
So - for the spring menu - my suggestion is a few more 'interesting' menu items. Great combinations and flavor pairings -- keep it up!
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