A good bistro isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons; it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Conversate over finely crafted fare with today's Groupon. For $15, you'll get $35 worth of European-style food, provincial bistro entrees, and delicious wines at The NoHo Bistro. The neighborhood eatery, located in Old West Tampa, provides patrons with an intimate, handsome dining experience.
Chef and owner Jessica Raia-Long graduated from the New England Culinary Institute and has owned the bistro since 2001. Her internationally inspired offerings take cues from jaunts across the Alps and European hikes, feature the local-est of ingredients, and rotate seasonally. Lunches at The NoHo Bistro are more special than finding jelly beans in the pocket of your favorite trench coat. Sandwiches come with the daily side or seasoned kettle chips and include such sophisticated selections as the NoHo muffaletta ($9) with Italian cured meats, rosemary ham, provolone, and olive salad swaddled in focaccia, or the fresh roasted turkey with a cranberry-apple relish and goat-cheese blend on ciabatta ($8). Diners will also discover salads, soups, and a smattering of light bistro fare.
The NoHo Bistro serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., including a three-course bistro prix-fixe menu ($26) for the eternally indecisive. The eclectic menu features entrees including fresh, local fish sided with jasmine rice and roasted tomato sauce (market price), butter-roasted New York strip with potatoes and sautéed chard ($18), and a delightfully decadent butternut squash risotto with fresh sage and shaved parmesan ($14). View a complete menu here.
The Tampa Tribune calls The Noho Bistro one of the best meals they've ever had:
- Four very opinionated, discriminating palates all reached the same conclusion: The NoHo Bistro delivered one of the best meals each of us had eaten. Ever. From preparation to presentation… Each course offers both traditional and unique choices, from gorgeous, creative salads to entrees that marvel in both taste and simplicity. There really isn't much to criticize. The food is just that good. – John W. Allman
Metromix says Noho Bistro's lunch is irresistible:
- The NoHo Bistro offers a quaint, homey little hideaway for people who simply love great food. The chefs at the diminutive Euro-style bistro don’t take shortcuts. Vegetables are fresh, sauces are homemade, meat is tender, and flavors are as imaginative as they are refined. Cutting edge, yes; trendy, no…Located in Old West Tampa, near Interstate 275 off the Armenia/Howard exit, NoHo is not just set apart geographically; it’s an entire world away. – Metromix
- We loved our quiet evening at the NoHo Bistro. Located in the West Tampa "historic" area, it may seem a bit out of the way, but we thought the food was very good, pretty decent choice of wines by the glass with a fun, kind of funky atmosphere. Nice to see someone taking a chance in an area that seems to be up and coming. We're glad we went. – OpenTable user who dined on 02/12/2010