Date Night at Bistro at the Bijou – Restaurant Review
One of my favorite things to do is escape with my husband for a date night. This doesn’t happen as often as we like so we treasure the times when it does. Last month, I was going to be heading out of town to visit family, so my husband and I made sure to sneak in a date night before we left. We headed to downtown Knoxville to The Bistro at the Bijou. We first discovered this amazing little bistro during an afternoon food tour with Knoxville Food Tours. (Check out that amazing adventure HERE.) After our food tour, I followed up with Martha ,the owner of The Bistro at the Bijou, and was able to arrange this amazing date night with my hubby.
The Bistro originally opened in 1980 and Martha took over ownership in 2009 (after managing there since 1993.) It is located in the historic Bijou Theatre. The Bijou Theatre is the fourth oldest building in Knoxville and was originally a home for Thomas Hume, who passed away before construction was complete. His widow opened the house as a hotel and tavern. It was the center of social activity for the community and was known as the grandest hotel in the South.
Martha began working on the “farm to table”approach long before it became popular and would bring in produce from her own small farm to prepare traditional seasonal offerings. She still sources as much as she can locally and creates 3 seasonal menus a year to highlight the products that are in season. This is one of the things that drew me to The Bistro because I love indulging in the season’s best offerings in made from scratch dishes. We started our meal off with Butterbean Humus topped with an Olive Salad and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms.
The Crab Stuffed Mushrooms were part of The Bistro’s daily specials. They have a monthly menu with specialty dishes, sides and desserts that change daily on top of their seasonal menu. Both starters were amazing and set the course for a wonderful date night at Bistro at the Bijou.
When it came time for the main course, I selected the Berkshire Porkchops which came with collard greens. I am not a big fan of collard greens and swapped them out for the Flash Fried Brussel Sprouts. I ended up with both sides and my husband tried the collard greens and was impressed with the flavor. The brussel sprouts were some of the best I have ever had.
My husband was drawn once again to the daily specials and ordered the Catfish Platter with French Fries and Hush Puppies. This was a popular entree that night and they ran out of hush puppies so they gave him extra french fries.
The food was delicious and the atmospher was relaxed. We arrived right before a show was starting in the theatre so within 20 minutes the crowd died down. We were not rushed by the staff and took our time with each course. While the waiter packed up our leftovers, we contemplated dessert. There was not much room left to fit dessert in so we decided to share a Brownie Sudae with vanilla ice cream. I am glad we did because this was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
If you are looking for a restaurant with amazing food in a relaxed atmosphere then you will want to check out Bistro at the Bijou.
For more information about The Bistro and to see what is on the menu head on over and check them out online at Bistro at the Bijou.
Bistro at the Bijou
807 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902