Main Street Bistro - Princeton
Main Street Bistro has been around for a long time at it's location in the Princeton Shopping Center (Harrison Street). We're happy to report that it's aged well and continues to offer a variety of consistently well prepared dishes at very reasonable prices.
The biggest news here is that they've gradually tweaked their "classic menu" adding a new section of small plate "grazing items". We're told it's taken a while for one of the long time owners to accept change (don't want to upset the regulars), but who ever convinced them to go in this direction deserves our appreciation and support.
Friday evening we were out looking for a light dinner and a couple of drinks. We settled into the bar at MSB and were well served by the two personable barkeeps. After relaxing for a bit with an excellent CA cab by the glass and a perfect martini, we ordered off the grazing menu.
She ordered the mussels ($12) and I the lamb sliders ($7). Her mussels were well prepared. A heaping bowl of large delicacies in a light garlic broth with two slices of rustic bread for dipping. Excellent. My lamb sliders were PERFECT. Two small plump patties with a middle eastern spicing, simply grilled and served on thin pita's with a slice of plum tomato. The sliders were a perfect medium rare and juicy without a bit of grease. Additionally, they were served with a traditional tzatziki sauce (greek yogurt/cucumber sauce) - really good.
We then ordered round two. She ordered the Grilled Cubano Wrap ($11) and I ordered . . . a followup double order . . . of the lamb sliders ($14). Yeah, they were that good!
We look forward to continued visits here. The place is kind of low key. Has an eclectic clientele with a mix of local scholarly types, society matrons and commoners (like us). :) It's usually easy to get in during prime time (weekends 6-8) and that's why we went Friday night. Plus, the value here is great. The $7 sliders alone would have been $14 or more per order at a majority of the newer go to spots in our area!
We went this past Friday night - got there around 9:30. It closes at 10?! Ignore my surprise, that's just us getting used to living here. Anyways - we sat at the bar and I had the half order of gnocchi and my husband had the burger. Burger was great and the homemade chips are really good. He had a Flying Fish draft which was terrific. The gnocchi was served with sauteed mushrooms and the mushroom's flavor was excellent. The gnocchi itself wasn't as pillowy as I would like but they were okay. I had a glass of malbec which was on the jammy side. It's a cute place - definitely fits the bill for a neighborhood pub.
J and I enjoyed another great dinner at MSB last night.
I had Tilapia with a cream based mushroom and prosciutto sauce served over fresh spinach. A bit of truffle oil finished it off and really elevated the dish. $18 for a great entree that would have been mid 20's to 30 elsewhere in town. Last night was the final night for their Feb menu and I see on their March menu the Tilapia entree is now replaced by Striped Bass. Will have to give it a try.
With a menu that changes monthly, a good selection of options to fit any dining mood and outdoor seating in the summer - what's not to like?!
We had lunch there a week ago and enjoyed it very much. Split apps of flatbread with fig, manchego cheese and proscuitto, and housemade chips with carmelized onion dip. Both were very good. I had the chili for entree, cornbread was great. Chili was good, not the best I've had. Stepdaughter had the mac 'n cheese and liked it very much. Husband and SIL had the fish and chips. My husband said it is the second best fish and chips he has ever had. They are not traditionally made in that the fish is not deep fried. I think it may be pan seared and then baked. It was light, crispy and very flavorful.
This is the second time within a month we've been and will go back. Husband loves the beer selection too.