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At Home, at the Bistro

By Frenchgirlinseattle

At home, at the Bistro
Bienvenue at the Hollywood School House Bistro, Woodinville, WA.
Why the name?

It sits across from a local historic building, once the town's schoolhouse. Built in 1912, the venerable brick building hosts wine tasting rooms and private events. At home, at the BistroReminders of the town's pastoral past surround the Schoolhouse...At home, at the Bistro
At home, at the BistroA few feet away, the Bistro beckons, with a generous outdoor sitting area, recently equipped with welcoming fire pits...At home, at the BistroMy friends and I have enjoyed good times there, in the sun, this summer...Fall is here, and the evenings have gotten chillier. The dining room is inviting at nightfall...At home, at the BistroAt home, at the Bistro
Bistro, (def.): A small, modest, European-style restaurant.

Service is attentive, friendly and relaxed. 

Callie and Spencer fit the bill...

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Food is unpretentious, yet delicious, largely inspired by home-style cooking.

A few days ago, the 3-course meal (Prix fixe, just like in Europe!) included: 
melt-in-the-mouth short ribs, creamy mashed potatoes and haricots verts. 
Un régal !
This week, Chef Frank has prepared a fabulous special: 
Lapin à la moutarde 
(traveling anonymously in these parts as "braised rabbit," 
but this French Girl knows better.) 
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As an entrée (starter,) Chef Frank offered me a sampling of fresh escargots

served in the shell, in the traditional herb butter sauce.
A crisp, green salad ensured I would not feel too guilty
 while indulging my colimaçon [snail] craving.
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But la pièce de résistance was the rabbit, and it did not disappoint. 

The rich, creamy mustard-based sauce, tangy without overpowering the dish, 
was the perfect complement to the tender rabbit. 
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Another winner at the Bistro!

In a town well-known for its wine-tasting rooms (with limited food options,)  

restaurants range from family-style eateries serving ho-hum suburban fare; 
to chichi and often overpriced establishments.
Many have on thing in common: They'd better work at turning down the noise!

The young Bistro at the Hollywood SchoolHouse stands out as a unique place. 

From finger foods (a local favorite,) to hamburgers and salads, to more complex dishes;
it shows versatility and craft, and offers fresh, delicious food, 
at affordable prices; 
served with a smile in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Good luck to you, les amis!

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Chef Frank and his assistant


The Bistro at the Hollywood School House

14810 NE 145th street
Woodinville, WA 98072
Tel. (425) 892-2575


Tuesday 12:00-5:00pm

Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-8:00pm
Sunday: 11:00-5:00pm


French Girl's favorites:

The Spanish skillet (served on Sundays) 

Croque-monsieur with tomato soup 
Les frites!
Any of the desserts (That includes the homemade chocolate macaroons.)
A bientôt !
At home, at the Bistro

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