On a road trip with a stop near Gettysburg, my husband and I stayed at a hotel in Chambersburg. We checked Chowhound for restaurant recommendations, but we didn't see anything written within the last several years.
Several people on another site recommended Bistro 71, so we gave it a try. It was a perfect choice, especially in a wasteland of chain restaurants.
We started with the blackboard drink special of the day, an orange Manhattan that was perfectly blended. Our friendly and helpful waiter made us feel at home, and the live music--a duo that plays every Friday--was tuneful, pleasant, and not too loud.
We had Caesar salad, he had the burger (delicious, perfectly cooked) along with the carrot side dish substituted for the fries, and I had the grilled cheese with tomato bisque.
As I was finishing the bisque, I decided to have another bowl of it for dessert. Except I was too full for dessert. But really, it was that good. The sandwich looked sort of small when it arrived, but it was really filling. A light, grilled ciabatta was filled with layers of goat cheese, aged provolone, and parmesan. Meltingly delicious.
On the way out, we had a lovely conversation with the owners. They urged us to stop in on our way home in a couple weeks, and we're already planning an itinerary that will do just that.
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