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. Revel in European influences with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of bistro fare at The Wine Guy Bistro Wine Shop in Pickerington. This Groupon is valid only in the bistro.
Expert chefs whip up decadent dishes in The Wine Guy’s charming bistro, decorating an impressive menu, with exquisite plates served in full- or tapas-size portions. Diners can sink incisors into bites of assorted cheeses, putting out hunger fires with a mild and creamy manchego ($4.99) or stoking appetite flames with a semi-sharp fontina ($3.99). Ginger-and-sesame-encrusted tuna recalls memories of wasabi-cream-drenched childhoods ($14.99) and the grilled Lollypop lamb chops transport dreamy diners to exotic flavor locales resplendent with a multifaceted marinade and dried cherry demi-glace ($24.99 for an entree; $14.99 for tapas). To extend the sharable dining experience into the dessert course, opt for the divisible delights of the vanilla-cream puffs, miniature puffs filled with vanilla cream and served with vanilla-coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce ($3.99).
The Wine Guy Bistro
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.