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. Savor the joie de vivre with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine drinks and dining at West End Bistro in Chagrin Falls.
West End Bistro houses a bar on the ground floor, while a lofted dining room provides a peaceful space for face stuffing amid shades of rich brown and cool jade green. This two-tiered house of comestibles keeps spaces for social mingling and private eating in their own domains, helping patrons avoid chatting up their food in the confusion that would otherwise result. While upstairs, peruse the menus, which come in lunch and dinner varieties. For lunch, keep it light with a chicken salad croissant ($9) topped with whole-grain mustard aioli, red onions, celery, and basil, served with a side of fresh fruit; or go hog-wild and consume an entire mushroom and chevre pizza ($12), an edible circle coated in caramelized onions, fresh thyme, roasted red peppers, provolone, garlic chips, and sherry gastrique.
Warm up for dinner with a bowl of French onion soup ($6), or smack your lips to the tune of hanky pankys ($8), a fig-drizzled blend of chevre, herbed cheese, and chorizo on sliced baguette. Later, polish the evening off by burying it in a cascade of bittersweet chocolate mousse ($6).
A fine dining experience is good for the soul as well as the soul's three-chambered stomach. The menus at West End Bistro are lively American affairs designed and executed by Craig Fitzgerald, a young chef with five years' experience and a passion for creating edibles with local and regional ingredients. Enjoy them with the impish wine and cocktail lists, or drink downstairs and savor the aromas wafting from the kitchen.
- The House Smoked Pulled Pork Mac-n-Cheese ($10) was a revelation. The meat seemed to pair naturally with the original dish, lending a hauntingly deep smoky flavor to the pungent Gouda sauce. – Beth Segal, the Plain Dealer
- Beautiful environment, friendly people and enjoyable cuisine. A welcomed addition to an increasingly crowded restaurant scene in CF. – Manley, Urbanspoon
West End Bistro
When The Plain Dealer visited West End Bistro in 2009, it praised the eatery's "inventive culinary thinking" and "really good food." These days, chef Craig Fitzgerald continues the tradition by crafting seasonal, upscale dishes from local and regional ingredients. Options range from prosciutto-wrapped salmon and beef wellington to pizzas crowned with fixings such as garlic chips and woodland mushrooms. Said feasts unfold inside what the Dealer calls an "impeccably designed lofted dining room." Downstairs, bartenders serve wines and beers, as well as mix cocktails such as the cool cucumber, a blend of simple syrup and house-infused cucumber vodka.