I have passed the Backwoods Bistro on numerous occasions. Sitting prominently on the edge of downtown at 401 E. Tennessee Street, the comedy club turned eatery has always been a place I was curious about, but never visited. On a recent Friday evening, Kirsten suggested we give it a whirl, and not knowing what to expect, we stopped in for dinner. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we made that entire week.
The menu at Backwoods Bistro is large and varied. Ranging from pub grub and personal pizzas to finely plated fare, there truly is something for every taste. While we sipped on our drinks, we narrowed our appetizer options to two, the Monroe Mozzarella Drops or the Scallion Cream Cheese Stuffed Fried Green Tomatoes. Following a consultation with our server, Ashton, we ordered the latter. For the main event, Kirsten selected the Balsamic Drizzled Chicken (again at our server’s recommendation) while I took a flyer on the Rosemary Redfish.
The appetizer promptly arrived at the table. The four golden brown and perfectly fried green tomatoes sat atop a housemade remoulade. Their innards were stuffed with scallion-garlic infused cream cheese. The cool creaminess of flavorful cheese contrasted with the crisp breading and warm tangy green tomato. Although many eateries offer their take on the fried green tomato, the Backwoods Bistro takes this classic Southern dish and makes it something special and unique.
We received our salads (which accompany the entrees) as we were polishing off the last bits of spicy remoulade. The salads were packed full of spring mixed green lettuce, red onions, tomatoes and mushrooms. Our entrees arrived at the table and we heartily dug in. The Balsamic Drizzled Chicken was tastefully plated. A well seasoned chicken breast topped with artichoke hearts sat atop eight plump, bright green asparagus spears. A mountain of creamy garlic mashed potatoes anchored the plate and was surrounded by an artful drizzle of sweetened balsamic reduction. Kirsten, who loves chicken and balsamic anything, was a fan of this dish. She skillfully assembled a “perfect bite” for me, and for a moment I had food envy. The chicken was juicy, the asparagus was fresh and bright, while the potatoes were top notch (I may have taken a few additional forkfuls of them while she wasn’t looking). For more on Backwood Bistro read the full review on Tallahassee.com
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