Bay Street Bistro Sunday supper

It’s been a while since I had the chance to check out chef John Stasinger’s cooking. Last Sunday I brought two people with me to enjoy the Sunday Supper. Often featuring local ingredients, the fixed menu includes appetizer, soup, entree, and dessert for $26. What a deal! Sunday’s dinner started with a complimentary tasting of one of the bistro’s wines. My friends require a martini with dinner, which the bar easily provided. The appetizer followed soon after, a warm roasted garlic dip with grilled bread. The char on the bread nicely complimented the hint of sweetness from the garlic. Next, the soup, curried pumpkin bisque wtih cardamom cream. Soup really lets you know how the meal will go. This soup was visually beautiful, seasonal, rich, and the cream finished the warm curry. The advertised entree was a half-chicken with honey-mustard glaze. The staff commented they have to get extra to-go … Continue reading

Port Orchard night on the town

Here’s a food geek’s idea of a good time: spend an hour at a public hearing on agricultural development in Kitsap County, then take yourself out to dinner at a local food restaurant. The hearing was interesting; it was a smallish crowd tonight and I recognized pretty much everyone in the room. Alex attended yesterday’s hearing and tells me there were at least 30 people there so it seems most folks hit the earlier meeting. After I collected information and handouts I left the county building and headed to Bay Street Bistro. I don’t get a chance to get to Port Orchard often enough and I jumped at the chance to eat there again. Just now the specials focus on seafood. I had a gravalax (salted salmon) appetizer. I picked this particularly because I make gravalax myself. Chef John Strasinger drizzled thin slices with oil and topped them with salty … Continue reading

Bay Street Bistro

I know Chef John Strasinger is serious about local food because I ran into him at the Port Orchard Farmer’s Market last week. He invited me to check out his new Saturday lunch menu. So yesterday Alex, Ted and I turned up at a table about 11:30 to investigate. There are two menus for the Farmers Market lunches, a regular menu and a specials menu which came to our table literally hot off the printer. These little bites were all in the $5 to $6.50 range. Saturday’s offerings: Gouda Mac and Cheese, made with Golden Glen Old Gouda Fresh Penn Cove mussels in Spicy Coconut Shallot Sauce Grilled Wild King Salmon over Baby Greens Spicy Roasted Wild Gulf Prawns with Dipping Sauce Grilled Romaine Heart Caesar, shaved Parmesan, toasted bread Tomato-Basil Bruschetta The idea is, you can come in on your own and have a low-cost plate of something wonderful, … Continue reading