Boulevard Bistro is a new restaurant up on Foothill Drive in front of Dan’s Market. The building was beautiful, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Upon entering the restaurant a few things stood out. First, there was a huge display of gelato in the entry way. I loved it. Second, we were greeted right away even though the place was very busy, and we didn’t have any wait at all for a group of 6 people. As we made our way to our table we noticed a table full of kids there for a pre-prom or homecoming dinner. Boulevard Bistro can definitely provide a nice dinner or special occasion atmosphere, while also catering to the casual crowd. I liked the art deco theme throughout the restaurant. The decoration along with the name of the restaurant reminded me of the painting “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Here is a picture of that:
The service we received was outstanding. What I especially appreciated was the communication from our server. She was also assigned to the table with the prom party. She let us know while we were deciding to order that she was trying to finish up that table, to be able to get the kids on their way and to their dance. We really appreciated that. Waiting and not knowing what is going on is one thing, but waiting and understanding the situation is another. For that reason alone I gave the service that night an A+.
We started out with the Mediterranean Dips for the appetizer. I really had to be talked into ordering this one. I was leaning on ordering the sweet potato fries with bacon and melted bleu cheese, so I really had to go on the advise of our server and my dad to order the dips. It consisted of wood fired bread which was baked just right for dipping. The three dips provided were a red hummus, salsa parmesana, and olive tapenade. Each flavor on its own was excellent, but when combined provided an explosion of flavor that was unparalleled. I’ve never had hummus before, but that mainly because I was scared of the name “hummus”. I always thought it sounded like a medicine that you would put on a rash or something. Boy have I been missing out. Just like the dude that finally tried green eggs and ham, I can now claim. “I like hummus! I like hummus very much!” All three dips were outstanding. Loved them all!
For those that have been reading my reviews for a while, know that we always get a soup for our little one. This one I had to fight with him over though because it was so good. I loved how they took a tomato base soup, and added croutons and cheese for texture. We went with the cup size instead of the bowl size and still got a great sized portion. I loved this soup!
You can see from the picture that this wasn’t a salad that was just “thrown together”. A good cobb salad is visually one of the best looking salads due to the variety of ingredients you find, and this was no exception. I like how the chicken was grilled and juicy, and not cut up into little chunks like it came out of a can. All the veggies and lettuce were outstanding.
The fish and chips got two thumbs up from my dad. That means a lot to me, because he has been to England a few times and has visited the fish and chip places that serve it hot and fresh wrapped up in newspaper. The cole slaw had a unique flavor to it, as it had small shavings of apple throughout. It gave it a citrus taste that played well against the smooth slaw dressing.
You are probably thinking “He’s probably going to say that the pizzas were awesome too” You would be right. The pizza’s were awesome. The BBQ chicken one was made with pulled chicken, Sonny Bryan’s BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, red onions, and cilantro. I love BBQ Chicken pizza. The BBQ, Chicken, cilantro, and red onion part are must have ingredients in any BBQ Chicken pizza, but I loved how they went with the smoked gouda cheese for this version. I also appreciated them going with the Sonny Bryan’s BBQ sauce and not something like Sweet Baby Rays. I don’t really have anything against Sweet Baby Rays sauce, it is a tasty sauce, but let’s be real here. Every refrigerator in America has a bottle of Sweet Baby Rays inside it. When I go out to eat, I want something a little different.
I’ve really been spoiled by good lasagna lately. I last had lasagna at Per Noi and it was wonderful. I was going to order something different, but then I read the ingredients and changed my mind. Italian sausage, ground steak, herb ricotta, and mozzarella sounded really good. I don’t know what lasagna I would go with if I were to stack Boulevard up against Per Noi. Both lasagnas were fantastic. The one thing I really liked about this lasagna however was how they made the inner layers of pasta a dente, or baked. A common mistake made with lasagna is boiling all the noodles. For me this makes the inner stacks too pasta-y. (hope that makes sense) By having the inner layers a dente, it added a nice stronger texture to the middle. The protein played well with the pasta, and the pomodoro sauce was amazing.
Everything about Boulevard Bistro received very high marks by not only me, but everyone in our group. I checked Urbanspoon and Yelp and pretty much every comment and review so far has been outstanding. I would say that Boulevard Bistro is here to stay. I’ll definitely be back!