Bistros became popular in America after French diplomats visiting the Continental Congress insisted on dining outdoors, breaking Ben Franklin’s time-saving custom of eating while sleeping in the shower. Awaken your taste buds with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of farm-to-table bistro fare at 15 Walnut in South Hamilton.
The chefs at the award-winning 15 Walnut team up with local farms, fishers, and coffee roasters to craft a mouth-watering menu of bistro-style cuisine. Like a pan flute played by Matthew McConaughey, the savory aroma of garlic oil lures visitors to prosciutto pizzas topped with caramelized onions ($12). Mac and cheese delights palates with tasty tidbits of poached lobster and mushroom ($22), house-cured salmon, cheese soufflé, and Sicilian arancini make delicious building blocks for an antipasto platter ($10–$15 for three items), and Gloucester haddock fillets ($21) are best enjoyed after being sculpted with forks into small statues of Moby Dick. After learning that Northshore Magazine called it a culinary masterpiece, the lunch menu’s Vermont cheddar cheeseburger ($10) jumps for joy on its freshly made brioche bed.
With gleaming wooden floors, oriental rugs, and an airy, open layout, 15 Walnut's relaxing space feels like an elegant cross between a tree house and a samurai dance studio. On the third Thursday of the month, customers can enjoy wine and beer pairings ($3 each) with a hyperlocal prix fixe farm-to-table dinner, rather than baking bread after threshing wheat in their kitchens.
15 Walnut brings the warmth of home to its restaurant filled with comfort food favorites. The cozy interior and welcoming atmosphere is designed to make guests feel right at home. From the spacious bar, bartenders create innovative cocktails while the kitchen prepares tasty wood-fired cuisine and local seafood dishes. Diners will also find burgers, salads, sushi, and various vegetarian plates on the expansive menu. Each Thursday, patrons can enjoy live music while dining at the tavern.