East West Bistro, Athens GA
For starters, this restaurant is right on Broad Street in downtown Athens and as such, parking is limited. WARNING – Make sure you PAY THE PARKING! If you don’t you can almost be guaranteed of a ticket. It cost me $10 last time I was there – serious!
The restaurant is well decorated, although in a historic building. The kitchen was open (which we both like) and the decor was very tastefully done.
The food choices were urban chic bordering on gourmet. It all sounded quite tasty and the prices are very reasonable ranging from $9-13 for most entrees (the Filet was $20).
We started with the Thin Sweet Potato Chips with Bleu Cheese dressing. Yes, I know – horrible for the diet but delicious to the taste!
Melanie had the Salmon au Gratin which she described as “tasteless and boring”. For a dish named “au gratin” one sort of expects cheesy potatoes yet none could be found. The salmon although cooked properly and tasted good, was not seasoned and was just plain bland.
Our guest enjoyed a plentiful shrimp pesto but, since there is broccoli in the dish, it isn’t accompanied by anything and leaves the diner longing for something more.
I ordered the East West burger and subbed the fries for the salad. Sorry folks, nothing but weird salad dressings here. No thousand island so I had to order mine Caesar. Although I ordered my burger medium, it was delivered a little less than medium. Actually that was fine and it was refreshing to see a place serve it like that is rare (pun intended). Melanie calls it blood – I call it juice but it was just SO NICE not to have to eat a burger with the life cooked out of it.
One thing I should mention was that the service was outstanding. Our server (and trainee) were there for our every need, complied with our every request and did a great job.
Overall, I liked the East West Bistro and recommend that you try it for your self and let us know what you think!