Sunday, February 03, 2008

review : bijou bistro


after we'd finished meandering through galleries on friday night, a few of us made our way to the bijou bistro to end the night. if you've never been, the bistro is an excellent place to dine or drink. their hamburgers are regarded by some as "the best in town." but don't let the ground beef on the menu fool you, the kitchen has some pretty refined choices--the yam fries are excellent. though i've never been, i'm also told their saturday brunch is amazing as well.

the bistro has a classy, almost european atmosphere--i feel like if i was in paris in the 20's or 30's, i could've found hemingway at a similar establishment, getting a drink. on the other hand, my wife says she feels like a pirate at the bistro. it may be because of 18th century beauty reclining behind the bar, but you can take that how you will.

we hadn't been there long before the show at the bijou theater finished and flooded the bistro with concert-goers. this is another excellent thing about the bistro. after a good show, i love dropping in for a beer. there's an excellent jazz band that i've seen at the bistro on more than one occasion (they were there friday night, too). one the players is really good on the oboe and clarinet, which i think gives them a unique sound (though i may be revealing my own ignorance in regards to jazz).

also, if a girl wearing sombrero under a sign pointing to "the loo" doesn't say classy joint, i don't know what does.

the next time you're at a show at the bijou or if you just want a good place eat/drink, swing by the bistro. i think ck tried to start some sort of wig-rating system. i don't really know how much one wig is worth, but offhand, i'd give this place like 45.

7 comments:

The Pol said...

oboe's aren't used in jazz, its probably a straight sax like kenny g plays. Stan its nice to know the I will always dominate you in this area of sophistication.

em said...

and the area of baldness.

stan said...

so maybe it wasn't jazz...now i really feel like a dufus. all i know is there was a guy who played oboe/clarinet, a guy on upright bass, two guitarists, and somebody on drums. and they had a nice little groove going. it was fun.

ck said...

oboe has been used jazz, baldy. notably by miles davis/gil evans and charles mingus. just because your knowledge doesn't extend past 1980s "smooth jazz" doesn't make you an expert, pol. do your homework.

ck said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe#Jazz

ck said...

stan, the wigometer is a sophisticated measurement for all things knoxville. use it with respect! it goes from 0 to 10 wigs. i'd give the bistro (without eating anything the other night) a 8.5 out of 10 wigs.

Mickey said...

I love a good oboe smackdown. That was priceless.