And that's what finally brought N and I to Mix Bistro-- date night. I shouldn't say finally, because I believe in letting a restaurant get its feet solidly underneath them before going in and evaluating what they're creating and how they're doing at getting it on the table. Which is why I think soft openings are essential.
Even though it was a Wednesday, we had to go around the block more than once to find a place to park. Which is always a good sign and made us wonder if we were in for a wait to get a table. Turned out to be more a case of groups of people meeting and each driving their own car. The waitress for the downstairs bar area greeted us immediately and asked if we'd like to choose a table in the bar or check out the upstairs. We opted for the upstairs, mainly to get a chance to see the rest of the remodel. I liked the intimate tables along the upstairs windows and the lighting, as well as the interior table area with enough space for a larger group.
Our young waiter was quick to bring our water and menus, but was tardy at returning to ask if we were ready. Thankfully, one of the owners was walking through. She apologized for our wait, took our orders, and checked back later to make sure that everything was good.
|French Onion Soup|
Lucky for me, N was willing to share bites of his meal, particularly the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Medallions. The meatloaf, not to be outshined by the hearty bacon, was boldly and expertly seasoned, yet still well suited to the delicately flavored mashers served alongside. As you can tell by the bright color, the broccoli rabe was cooked just right-- tender on the outside, with a flavorful crunch.
|Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Medallions|
While we enjoyed our meal, a couple next to us were being tempted by the owner's description of one of their desserts. What were we to do? Of course we had to find out what silenced their conversation as they concentrated on each bite. After all, N and I are dessert loving humans.
I apologize for not remembering the name of the dessert. I do recall that figs were featured in the spiced cake and it was topped with a delicious toffee sauce. It was a nice, sweet ending to our date night.
Eat well and eat often, Salem.
Mix Bistro and Bar
1391 Broadway St. NE,