Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of American bistro-style cuisine at Rue De L'Espoir in Fox Point. This Groupon is only valid for dinner.
Rue De L’Espoir dazzles patrons with an eclectic assortment of American bistro-style dinner comestibles influenced by French, Italian, and Asian cuisine. Snag small plates weighed down by chicken-liver pâté, which is served with a cranberry, black olive, and dried-cherry chutney ($12), or Thai crab cakes with cilantro crème fraiche ($12). Indulge in a more substantial meal of organic roasted chicken, whose surface is delicately bathed in blood-orange glaze, figs, and apricots ($24), or the bouillabaisse, which features shrimp, sea scallops, calamari, and white fish swimming in fresh herbs, plum tomato, white-wine bouillon, and focaccia rouille ($28). While seated at one of the linen-covered terra- cotta tables, cheese lovers can nibble on the cheese board, which pairs Humboldt Fog cheese, Great Hill bleu cheese, and other flavors of coagulated animal juice with fresh bread and a chutney of apple, pear, and fig ($15).
At Rue De L’Espoir, head chef Michael Koussa uses sustainable, locally sourced ingredients as much as possible and defends his cooking oils from infiltration by trans fats. Gargle a glass of wine, champagne, or beer from the international wine list while appreciating the bar’s background jazz music and wall-to-wall mural of an early 1900s French street rendered impassable by an early 1900s French traffic jam.
- Easily the most popular brunch in town proffers "Rue Melt," an irresistible assemblage of English muffin, Thai crab cake, poached eggs, home fries, and lemon-grass aioli. – Frommer's
- The large steak of black angus sirloin was nicely rare, served with a balsamic vinegar/au jus reduction, and plenty of the operative frites. His words morphed into affirmative murmurs between munches. – Providence Phoenix
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