Based on an excellent lunch today, I strongly recommend Boulevard Bistro in Seminole, and fully intend to return. Most entrees are around fifteen to twenty dollars, crab cakes, steaks, pork, chicken, and include a choice of an excellent Caesar or pleasant house salad. Also on the menu are sandwiches, French dip, salmon BLT, fish tacos, all served with potato salad, for seven to ten dollars.
We split the Bistro Signature Chicken, a grilled breast stuffed with manchego cheese and bacon, with a wild mushroom sauce and garlic mashed potatoes, and an order of two Crab Cakes with citrus remoulade, tidewater slaw and garlic mashed potatoes. This is a vertical plating establishment, or as a friend describes it, the food comes in a heap: a substantial scoop of potatoes, crab cakes or chicken stacked against it, slaw or sauce on top of the stack and around the rest of the plate, liberal sprinkling of green onions on top of that. The elements that stood out to me were the freshness/quality of the ingredients, and the subtlety of the flavors. Neither the Caesar nor the potatoes were strongly garlicky, and the crab cakes tasted like crab as opposed to being overpowered by seasoning. These entrees were less than twelve dollars each, and with the salad included, plus lavosh and a lovely white bean hummus to start, very good value.
The sandwiches I saw served were most substantial and looked excellent. The wines were reasonably priced for what appeared to me to be a generous pour. I also plan to return for breakfast, having my eye on the Eggs Benedict for eight dollars, and the Huevos Rancheros for the same price. A basic eggs, bacon, home fries, toast breakfast runs around six dollars.
Boulevard Bistro manages to appear contemporary and comfortable at the same time, combining warm wood trim, tables and chairs, with interesting glass lighting fixtures; the ambiance is very urban yet inviting. I was startled to find this type of restaurant on the distinctly uncharming Seminole Boulevard, mixed in with tire stores, paint stores and fast food joints, nowhere near the beach or a quaint downtown area. There is outdoor dining available, but I am not sure how enjoyable that would be on busy Seminole Blvd.
Excellent service, including regular customers being acknowledged, clean and pleasant bathrooms, ample parking behind the restaurant, website linked below.
8595 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL, 727 399 1800.