All styles of homespun cooking share a certain warmth and character, regardless of their regional origins. Bistro 491 proves this by showing how comfort foods separated by an ocean complement each other perfectly. Built off rustic recipes from the French countryside, the plates here incorporate the distinctive flavors of the American South, accessorizing oysters with green-tomato relish or pork chops with macaroni gratin. Much like the order of colors in a rainbow, the menus rotate with the seasons; however, they always marry international styles of home cooking to create upscale yet accessible meals.
The dining room exudes a similarly inviting warmth. A padded bench runs the length of a wall lined with large, framed mirrors and glowing sconces. Opposite this wall hangs an orange and black mural, which adds a small splash of color amid the rows of tables dressed with crisp white linens and flickering candles. The bistro's Old World roots show a bit more in the entryway, which features walls plastered with wine labels.