Early Birthday Dinner at Bistro 83

Last night, I took advantage of having to run an errand in Lorain County & grabbed dinner with my mom at Bistro 83. We didn’t intend for it to be an early birthday dinner, but we had such a nice time & realized we’re both going to be pretty busy this week, so we decided this would be the perfect way to celebrate. Some shopping is in order next weekend once my mom returns from her work trip, too. I plan on finally checking out the new Nordstrom Rack in Crocker Park, for one.

The new Bistro 83 replaced the old Cafe 83, but is still run by the same owners. The new space is MUCH bigger (though still cozy), and the interiors are very classy. From dark wood to a waterfall behind the bar, this place is a hidden gem in little old North Ridgeville. I love that good restaurants are popping up all over on the west side. Also, Bistro 83 has brunch on Saturdays & Sundays, AND happy hour every day of the week!! That is definitely on my to-do list now.

A quick shot of the bar area.
A quick shot of the bar area.
More of the bar + the waterfall behind the bar.
More of the bar + the waterfall behind the bar (above the beer taps).

Our experience was excellent – the staff was extremely friendly and attentive, and our drinks and food were all delicious. Thanks for a great celebration dinner, Bistro 83! We will definitely be back.

I started off with their beer sampler. For only $6, I got to try 3 different draft beers. It was a nice way to taste some beers that I’ve been wanting to try – namely the Columbus IPA. I also chose the Wyders Pear Cider, and the Upland Wheat. I was originally going to try the Rivertown Pumpkin Ale, but they were out.

The draft beer list. Their wine selection is outstanding as well!
The draft beer list. Their wine selection is outstanding as well!
From L-R: pear cider, Columbus IPA, and the Upland Wheat.
From L-R: pear cider, Columbus IPA, and the Upland Wheat.

To start things off with food, we tried the Bavarian Soft Pretzels (which we can’t help but order whenever we see something similar on a menu). These were really great. Plump and soft on the inside, with a nice golden crisp on the outside. It came with a sweet & hot mustard and a cheese dip. I liked the cheese dip more, just because my heat tolerance is kind of pathetic, but my mom really liked the mustard as well.

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For our entrees, I tried the Double Bone Pork Chop, which came with whipped mashed potatoes, spiced apple-jus, and sauteed baby kale.

Everything was incredibly delicious! The meat was tender, and the sides were an excellent complement.
Everything was incredibly delicious! The meat was tender, and the sides were an excellent complement. Sauteed baby kale might be my new favorite thing. I need to try it at home.

My mom was torn between their scallops dish, and their salmon dish, but she decided on the salmon. It came with red quinoa, dried cranberries, roasted garlic, wasabi cauliflower puree, and a honey-pomegranate sauce. She also really enjoyed her dish.

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We did not save room for dessert, unfortunately… but the creme brulee sounded DELICIOUS! Looks like we’ll have to try that next time. They also have a really great selection of meats & cheeses, which would be great for a wine sampling. I would definitely recommend checking out Bistro 83!

Here’s a few (small) images from their website as well:

Photos courtesy of http://bistro83.com/
Photos courtesy of http://bistro83.com/

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