Restaurants & Bars

Pit Stop

Steve R. | Mar 5, 2005 05:21 PM

On Columbia St. between Kane and DeGraw (2-3 blocks from Alma). I'd heard it was a French Bistro but it looked so much like a bar, with racing motif, that we never went in. Well, inside it's wall to wall racing stuff (the owner's really into cars, Grand Prix, etc) but it really is quite a nice bistro. For those of us that liked Sam's on Henry, it reminds me of it. A little larger but similar feel. The cooking is above average and every dish, whether traditional sounding or not, was just different enough (in a good way) from what would be expected so as to leave the chef's mark. Last night, 2 friends had pot au feu (a special), I had honey roasted chicken breast, and my wife had sliced steak with mushrooms. The non pot au feu entrees came with choice of sides so I had bok choy and my wife had green beans w/garlic. We also split an additional side of mashed potatoes. All very good. The apps were different salads for our friends, both very interesting and quite good. My wife had onion soup, not served in a crock and not the usual tastes. Still very good. I had the snails with red wine over a halved potato. This was excellent. Only 3 of us drank so one bottle of red (a "nothing special" Georges duBouef for $24) plus a couple of glasses did it. Four coffees and one great tarte tartin. All very satisfied and glad we came. The $160 plus tip bill was more than I really think this place should charge, but it was worth going to something new and interesting, where the chef clearly is interested in creating good food. And, in the better weather, the back yard is huge, with a deck and 3 petanque (French bocce?) courts!! We'll go back.

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