Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mt. Lebanon, PA Edition: Bistro 19

Bistro 19
Random Saturday afternoons are for trips to Trader Joe's, chocolates from Sarris Candies and a boozy dinner just outside of town so it feels like you're ~getting away~. A quick search found Bistro 19 as one of the top rated restaurants in the area, so I called to see if they had any openings for dinner and lucked out.

Bistro 19We'd found parking a few blocks away from the building, which was cute, modern, and bustling. Inside, every table was taken up, candles flickered and the lighting was dim.

Bistro 19Heather and I were seated in a corner near the window of the restaurant, and I immediately ordered a red wine (Argentinian Malbec). Very good. A few features, like venison, were available. The menu has Chilean sea bass, pork tenderloin, crab cakes, filet mignon, sea scallops, duck breast, shrimp, almond chicken, salmon, a burger, lobster tail gnocchi (which I almost ordered), and orecchiette pasta (which I did order).

Bistro 19These are standard options, so I went for the one that was the most different. While the lobster tail gnocchi sounded good, orecchiette pasta with veal meatballs, bacon, wild mushrooms, spring peas and herb butter was a combo I've not had before.

Bistro 19But first, a small bread basket - both very good, and that butter was to die for. Whipped and herbed and sweet and delish.

Bistro 19The entree was also very, very good. Even though it was a pasta dish, it felt light with the herb butter and peas and mushrooms. The veal meatballs were very well-seasoned, and it all worked well together. The server told us that this dish will be coming off the menu soon, so get it while you can.

Bistro 19Overall, it was quite a good dinner. The service was a bit slow, but that was just more time to leisurely drink my wine and enjoy the meal. A nice little getaway from Morgantown resulted in a pretty good meal - one that I remembered the next day with leftovers!

Grade: A
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