Bistro AIX supplies gourmet European entrees in a seasonally driven menu that's scrumptious and fresh throughout the year. Inaugurate the meal with Bistro AIX's mussels ($11), which circumnavigate through the steam of white wine and garlic before being aesthetically presented with saffron aioli, while the homemade potato chips ($5.50/$9) topped with blue cheese are a worthwhile addition to your potato-chip statue of Dan Quayle. Wood-fired pizzas upset rote formulas with such unexpected creations as the smoked-salmon pie ($19), perfected with chili oil and caviar. Ratatouille-style risotto ($15/$24) and a surplus of flavorful fish and marinated meats tempt stomachs like a synaesthetic Siren song. Dessert samplers can order the sprightly lemon-coconut cake or attempt the French tradition of eating cheese until they've run out of "Napoleon walks into a bar" jokes with Bistro AIX's cheese-by-the-ounce option, which includes selections like Oregon blue ($3.35) and Brillat-Savarin ($3.50) and pairs nicely with the spectacularly expansive wine list.
Music ricochets off the walls as a live band jams out on Burro Bar’s stage. The bar swells with noise as the music from the band mingles with the socializing guests sipping craft beers from breweries such as Bold City Brewery, Intuition Ale Works, and Green Room Brewing. A calendar of events keeps a rotating list of musical guests on the roster, averaging about four shows a week.
Legendary local gastronomes Guy Leroy and Pom Souvannasoth joined forces to open The Brasserie, whipping up a menu of fine bistro fare with natural, organic, and local ingredients. Starters invite diners to mine jewels of roasted beets from a forest of fresh lettuce and crumbled goat cheese ($8) or rescue a gruyere crouton from drowning in a savory french-onion sea ($6). Signature entrees, such as a grilled salmon fillet in chardonnay cream ($21), a harissa-garnished moroccan lamb stew ($18), or a refined coq au vin, a red-wine-roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes ($16), stuff empty stomach spaces. An expert waitstaff well-versed in the art of pairings tends to tables, helping them sift through the international wine list.
JJ's Bistros serve tasty editions of authentic French cuisine, crafted from scratch for the freshest quality and flavor. Every day, a delicious lunch is available for breaking the fasts that have lasted since breakfast. Patrons can drink deeply of french onion soup, a savory mix of caramelized onions and white wine accents crowned with french bread and provolone ($3/bowl, $4.50/cup). Fill your sandwich hole with the combo des alpes sandwich, which includes turkey, swiss cheese, sprouts, and tomatoes stacked up on a fresh croissant with honey mustard ($8.95).
Comfort-fare titans at The 4th of May Cafe conjure a hearty hodgepodge of overstuffed sandwiches on home-baked bread, local seafood, and fluffy omelets to fill regulars’ stomach vacancies throughout the day. The breakfast menu rousts slumbering appetites with seafood omelets ($7) that cradle fresh, local shrimp and crab together with onions and peppers. Chefs fry or grill the lunch-and-dinner menu's chicken fingers ($3.99) before dressing them in blackening seasoning, buffalo sauce, or an adorable onesie. Slices of meatloaf ($10) arrive at tables beneath blankets of brown gravy, and crab-salad rolls ($8.99) wield blue crab, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, and purple onions. Cuban sandwiches ($9) bridge hoagie-roll halves with roasted pork loin, honey-maple ham, monterey jack cheese, and a handful of suspension cables.
One could travel across the world and still not taste as many wines as Corner Bistro has. Sourced from France, Italy, Portugal, and across the United States, the list of more than 100 wines pairs equally with light lunch cuisine such as vegetarian Corner sandwiches or dinner offerings that include braised short ribs and scallops Victoria with truffle-lobster mac 'n' cheese. On Sunday, the bistro unveils a brunch menu populated by an enormous spread of crab cakes benedict, omelets stuffed with bacon and brie, and belgian waffles topped with berries, maple syrup, and Grand Marnier cream. On Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 p.m., guests can join Matt "Piano Man" Hall as he croons about rieslings and recounts the time he thumb-wrestled Billy Joel for his nickname.