I have been avoiding this restaurant for quite a while, nearly seven years to be exact, simply because of its location. I couldn’t possibly send my guests to a hotel restaurant because, well, because usually they are just okay and I take my vocation seriously. You would think that the opinions of two of my girlfriends would sway me, but until last night, not a chance. 45 Bistro turned out to be a surprising revelation nestled on Broughton Street in the first floor window front of a historic hotel.
So with apologies to my Wine-Chick friend, Lori, I tried dinner last night with another friend and fellow innkeeper, Shannon. Shannon must know every bartender in town and is enthusiastically greeted by one and all. I felt very privileged to be walking in her shadow. Bistro 45 is divided into the bar, dining room, and three private rooms which are used for various functions from intimate family dinners to wedding parties. We opted to sit at the bar (what a magnificent room) where bartender James remained attentive to us as well as the other groups scattered about the bar. He never failed to keep our wine glass topped off as Shannon and I discussed upcoming Savannah events and our individual B&B inns.
I left the ordering to Shannon and was not disappointed. First up was Roasted Ruby Beets – Belgian endive, praline walnuts, stilton cheese and roasted golden and ruby beets marinated in a champagne vinaigrette. I LOVE beets and these did not disappoint. Next was GRILLED hearts of romaine with garlic croutons, shaved parmesan and their house made Cesar dressing. I don’t think I will ever have an ordinary Cesar salad again – grilled split romaine is the way to go. Our final course was a shared plate of Duck Two Ways – a succulent pan-seared duck breast and confit thigh topped with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, roasted beets and natural jus reduction.
When all was said and done we had consumed a bottle of wine, licked our plates clean, and converted a reluctant dining partner into a believer.
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