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Bistro 71

RaeJ | | Jun 15, 2011 05:25 AM

Having relocated to south-central PA from the DC area, it's been an adjustment because of the limited restaurant choices in the region. We discovered a gem of a place in old town Chambersburg that has the potential to fill that void. The place is called Bistro 71, on North Main about a block from the town square. We've only been there once so the jury is still out. But our inaugural meal was certainly the best thing we have eaten since our move to Pennsylvania. My veal piccata was served with a lemon, caper and red pepper sauce over homemade pasta, preceded by a wonderful spinach salad. My SO had a roasted lamb rack encrusted with a peanut pesto, preceded by a Caesar salad.
Entrees seem to run in the $18-$28 range, excluding daily specials. The restaurant is wonderfully cozy and is located in a restored storefront that seems to be part of a mini revitalization effort in that section of downtown Chambersburg. There also is an outdoor dining area at the rear though it was a little cool for most patrons the night we were there.
The one shortcoming was the absence of a wine list although they do seem to have a decent - but basic - list of selections by the glass or bottle. The beer offerings also are limited but they do have a range of choices, including local brews.
The restaurant is only open for dinner but, based on our first impression, would be worth a trip for those in search of a better-than-average dining experience. The website is:

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