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The chefs at Venue Bistro cook up a symphony of sophisticated Italian-inspired American comfort fare, prepared with French techniques and eco-friendly aspirations. The menu rotates as often as a merry-go-round at the state fair, changing seasonally as well as every few weeks, to ensure that recipes stay interesting and ingredients remain seasonal and fresh. Dinner guests ignite salivary glands with kurobuta pork belly, surrounded by pears and a slick, sweet splash of maple-brown-butter vinaigrette ($9), before moving on to mains such as duck confit with caramelized shallots and pickled fennel ($23) or spring-vegetable risotto gussied up with a 3-year aged gouda ($18). Patrons can nestle among the restaurant's white, gallery-style walls like cutlery-wielding art installations as they conclude meals by sipping a decade-old Porto Rocha port ($6) or spooning goat-cheese panna cotta and lavender-honey-soaked blueberries ($8) past their indefatigable sweet teeth.
Just beyond the parasols and patio tables of its historic Highlands storefront, Venue Bistro welcomes guests with seasonally inspired bistro entrees and lengthy wine lists. Solid-wood tabletops with dark finishes cradle artfully presented plates, which highlight fresh herbs, local produce, slow-cooked meats, and delicately prepared seafood. The chefs also craft dishes to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diets and populate their weekend brunch menu, which boasts a bigger stockpile of eggs than the Easter Bunny's fallout shelter.