On our blog I attempt to share our favorite experiences, and our favorite restaurants. We make no claim to offer a list of “the best restaurants” in the area. We go out of our way to avoid “four star” haute cuisine establishments. We are looking for a good meal with a good bottle of wine at a reasonable price.
Dining, ideally with lots of friends, should be enjoyable – it should be fun. To that end we tend to seek out a very specific type of dining experience. In a word we like “bistros” and variations on a bistro theme. Bistros are often ethnic, and we do indeed favor ethnic eateries. My personal favorite cuisines are French, Italian, and Spanish. Our own American dishes usually draw on our own Western European traditions, and our “American” bistros often reflect that heritage. Bistro cooking is simple fare – not even approaching what would be called haute cuisine. The dishes offered are usually variations on what you ate at home growing up. Simple home style preparations of real food – dishes like short ribs, and cassoulet, and beef bourguignon, or paella, or just a nice broiled trout. Dishes that your mother could prepare at home. (If not your mother, then somebody's mother. Certainly not mine, who had a hard time with fish sticks.)