by guest blogger Sally Kennedy

Bistro 70

Bistro 70

A Spicy Night at Bistro 70

Named for its location at 70 North St. Clair Avenue in historic downtown Painesville,  Bistro 70 is located in what was once a 1940’s Nash Rambler dealership.  No remnant of the hard-selling car salesmen remain, replaced by a warm, inviting atmosphere.  My husband and I chose this place to celebrate our recent wedding anniversary.

We arrived at our reserved time and were seated at a table just inside a half wall that separates the dining area from the bar.  It was quiet and intimate even though we were just steps from the bar where a football game was playing on a big screen TV.  Our waitress greeted us as we perused the cocktail menu.   I chose the Orange Tini, a slightly bitter cocktail improved by a squeeze of the orange slice resting on the rim of  the glass.   My husband selected a Sam Adams.  Thus fortified, we proceeded to narrow down the choices on the small plates menu.  We decided to share the aptly named Yummy, Yummy Shrimp, lightly fried, bite-sized morsels coated in a sweet and spicy sauce with a hint of mustard.    The waitress told us it is her favorite dish.  Now it’s ours!

Our entrees were preceded by a small salad of spring mix and tomato. Mine was dressed with a slightly sweet, creamy house balsamic and my husband’s with Italian. Warm bread and olive oil/herb/parmesan dipping sauce accompanied the salad course.  We each had perfectly cooked steaks on our last visit but wanted to try  something new.   I ordered the Southwest Chicken Pasta.   It consisted of penne pasta with ancho marinated chicken and fire roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.  Beware – this dish is delicious but it is hot!  My husband had the TNT Crab Crusted Grouper, a filet lightly crusted with a Panko/parmesan mix.  It was topped with spiced blue crab and sauced with a tarragon bearnaise aioli, accompanied by perfectly cooked asparagus.  He reported that this dish was also quite hot.  The servings are generous and I boxed up part of my entree to take home because we planned to split a dessert.

We had the Zango Xango Cheesecake and Chocolate Lava cake before.  Both were worth a repeat. I let my husband  make the call and he chose the New York Cheesecake with raspberry sauce.  It was a good thing we were sharing!  The slice was a good 3 inches tall and so creamy it melted in our mouths.

While Bistro 70 has an upscale evening menu, it is a casual comfortable place.  Come for a full multi-course meal as we did or enjoy a casual evening of drinks, small plates and sports in the bar.  On Tuesday evenings a prixe fixe meal is available. Wednesday, Babyback Ribs are featured and Thursday is Sushi Night.  Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday.

Looking for a place to dine on Valentine’s Day?  Bistro 70 is taking reservations – call  440-352-7070.   View the menu and check upcoming events on the web at

About Sally Kennedy

Sally is the author of North Coast Muse and is a News Herald Community blogger. She is our go-to for local eateries and delicious restaurants.

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