A True Delight for Dinner

. February 18, 2014.
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Bistro on Main
407 S. Main St.
Findlay, Oh 45840
419-425-4900
Mon-Fri: 11 am to 2:30 p.m.
Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sun: Closed
Carry-out and full-service
catering available.
Separate lunch and dinner menus.

Dining at Bistro on Main is like getting a massage – a true delight. At Bistro, expect a fantastic, savory meal in a cozy, relaxing atmosphere.Even with kids!

I have been to Bistro before, but rarely with the kids. The pleasant surprise was that my little ones were entertained solely by being at the Italian eatery. They were engrossed by the candle on our table, the intricate wood paneling, the soft music playing, and the food being exotic – but not too exotic.

I think it’s safe to say Bistro makes adults feel that way too. There are so many wonderful, fresh and different choices that the meal becomes truly exciting– not to mention the ambiance. Owner Sam Fittante said the recently-renovated inside is “completely different,” with all new seating arrangements, a new bar, a and host of other changes.

Sampling a blackberry in her side dish, my 5-year-old daughter exclaimed, “I like these kind of berries! I just tried them and they’re good!” Meanwhile on the other side of the table, my 8-year-old son tore through the red and dark green lettuce of his house salad like he eats it every day. (Amazing!)
Both kids stuck with their usual chicken fingers as their main dish, but ranked the taste at the top of what they’ve experienced.

Kids menu that dazzles

Bistro offers one of the most diverse and attractive kids menus I’ve seen. Patrons are provided a basket of fresh bread with flavored, sweet butter when they sit down. The restaurant’s drink menu has it all, and they offer nine alluring appetizers, ranging from $9 to $18. You can also try tomato basil soup or the soup of the day. Five starter salads and three entree salads are also available, with a nice array of dressings from which to choose.

We tried the fresh mozzarella appetizer. I enjoyed the unique taste, as well as its fancy presentation – another little pleasure to enjoy with all of the Bistro’s food.

My husband ordered the lobster risotto, one of four choices on the seafood menu. He enjoyed it and offered me a taste. I marveled over the slightly crisp yet tender texture of the butter-soaked lobster.

Nine pasta entrees adorn the menu, all something special. For example, one of the most basic choices – wild mushroom spaghetti – boasts wild mushrooms, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, artichokes and pesto. It can be enjoyed vegetarian style, with chicken or with salmon.

Bistro is known for its steaks, and they can be prepared and topped in several ways, like blackened with gorgonzola chive butter, or with a whole grain mustard and cognac demi-glaze. Other entrees include duck meatloaf, braised beef short rib, pork chops, lamb or pecan chicken. Dinner prices range from $16 to $45.

I ordered one of the specials, a half chicken with red mashed potatoes and broccolini. The restaurant offers specials – something different from the usual menu – every day, and mine was delicious. The chicken was extremely flavorful and moist.

Delighted by dessert

We were all feeling quite full when it was time to view the dessert tray. It was a lovely thing to behold,
taunting us. So we lost ourselves in the double truffle chocolate cake, complete with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, raspberries and a pirouline cookie. Exquisite!

On a bitter winter’s night, we all left Bistro on Main feeling warm and content. It was a true treat. It was wonderful trying new delicious foods and just being together in a cozy and friendly place. Who needs a massage anyway?

Kid-friendly: Yes
To avoid wait: Always make a reservation for lunch during the work week. Reservations for dinner
are also recommended.
Noise level: Quiet
Bathroom amenities:
Adequate, clean and quaint
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? Yes, white and chocolate,
plus juice
Kids menu? Yes, very diverse
Healthy kids options? Yes, salads, fruit, vegetables, fish
Food Allergy Concerns: All food made fresh to order. Bistro can accommodate any allergy concern or dietary restriction, including gluten free meals. Just ask.
THE SHORT COURSE