As the title suggests, I had myself a fancy time this weekend visiting one of the newest restaurants in town, Bia’s Gourmet Hardware. How I discovered the place was a little unusual. I had driven past the building a few times when it was still under construction, with only a decal on the front window, and assumed by the name that it was an upscale hardware store (if upscale hardware stores even exist). So you can imagine my surprise when I drove by the other day and saw people eating! Naturally I Google’d it. Yep, it’s a restaurant.
First things first … they have a really nice website (click here). They actually feature their menus AND prices. I love that. More restaurants should do that. Call me a weirdo, but I like to be able to anticipate what my options are and how much I’m going to spend before going to a new place. Granted, I couldn’t pronounce some of the items on the menu, like GRUYERE and GRATINÉE, but I had had time to figure it out.
Per usual, I made my husband go with me, although as long as there’s good food involved, it doesn’t take much persuading. We went for lunch. Upon walking in, I was taken aback by the clean yet rustic atmosphere. There are so many beautiful features- exposed brick & piping, sunlight pouring across the glossy hardwood floors, a long, elegant bar and a glass & wood partition separating the bar & dining area. Oh, and instead of traditional benches, they have wooden church pews. I just thought that was such a neat, unusual touch.
The service was great. Everyone from the host to the waiters attentive, even the waitress passing by our table made sure to offer a friendly welcome. There are little “How did we do?” type cards given with your receipt. I hardly see those anymore–it’s usually, “go online to give your feedback”–but I like the immediacy of the cards. It’s just another tiny detail that really appealed to me.
What everyone is probably most interested in, though, is the food. How was it? DELICIOUS. I had the grilled chicken breast with brie, arugula & vinaigrette on ciabatta and a side salad. The chicken was tender and the cheese was thick enough to really taste and enjoy. The sandwich was pretty large. In fact, I could only eat half. Josh had the flank steak with sweet mashed potatoes & a side salad. He devoured it before I could try a bite, but told me it was pretty amazing 🙂
For the quality, quantity and experience, I think the prices were fair. We spent about as much as we would have going to a popular chain restaurant, and still received a much more satisfying & healthier meal.
I am so excited to have a place like this in town. It’s perfect for a date night with your significant other or special occasion celebration with friends or even a business dinner with colleagues. If you get the chance, spoil yourself and enjoy a fancy meal in a comfortable setting. I’d love to hear about your experience!