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 www.Bistro70.com.