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Sep 14, 2013 02:52 PM

joe's bistro - birmingha, mi

tried the new bistro joe's in the papa joe's market for dinner last night and i like it.

the place is upstairs from the market. you can get to it from a separate entrance so you do not have to walk thru the market to get to the restaurant.

as soon as we got to the top of the stairs, my daughter said, "this is like the place we went to in new york" - mario batalli's "eataly" in the flatiron district. it is similar but on a much smaller scale. it is above and pretty segregated from the market, but you know where you are. there is a cool/hip vibe to the place, both d├ęcor and background music. we sat next to a cool collage of broken blue delft plates and cups. fun. there are a few tables and high tops and a bar along the north end of the building going back toward the open kitchen and there is a long row of tables behind a wall of glass along the woodward side of the building.

the menu is divided into small plate appetizers, a charcuterie plate, a cheese plate, raw bar appetizers, soups/salads, flatbread pizzas, snapper and chicken from the wood burning oven, five pasta & seafood entree's, a list of steaks, and a rotating daily special.

we were seated promptly, water glasses were filled, and are server was there quickly for drinks. coke products (daughter) and all craft beers on tap (me - new holland full circle).

our server was new, but he did a decent job of guiding us thru the menu.

we started with the tuna "tacushi" appetizer: four, three-bite crispy taco's filled with sushi grade tuna, a cilantro salad, and topped with caviar. very good.

we also ordered the foie appetizer: a nice piece of seared duck liver along with a phyllo wrapped pate served with a small block of rhubarb chutney, which was very good.

for dinner we split a prosciutto flatbread - a good size eight piece pizza covered with prosciutto, arugula, roasted peaches, gorgonzola, and drizzled with a nice balsamic. again very good.

the tab was $55 plus tip.

a cool room with a lot of good places to explore on the menu. good service and very good quality. I am looking forward to going back.

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  1. I had a business lunch there - shared the hummus and Moroccan eggplant apps. Both very, very good. I'd go back (but for the budget conscious be forewarned, this is not a cheap place).

    1. Helpful write up Xman. Rhubarb chutney--wanna try!

      1. Went here for lunch last week and really loved it! I wish this was in Ann Arbor (where I live) so I could go more often. I got a delicious tuna nicoise salad served with seared tuna and a delicious herb vinaigrette. My fiance got a really lovely cedar plank salmon dish with a grain salad on the side.

        I am very much looking forward to returning to try dinner.

        Only 2 issues: parking sucks! I guess they have valet for dinner but during lunch you have to compete with the regular market shoppers. The second issue---it isn't cheap. It's not insanely expensive but for lunch it was close to $45+.

        2 Replies
        1. re: Elyssa

          Well, having dropped $50 on lunch at the Vinsetta Garage on Sunday, $45 doesn't sound so bad.

          Does the Walgreen's lot have signs saying you can't park there unless you're a Walgreen's customer? When that was Borders (RIP), I always parked there to shop at Papa Joe's.

          (BTW, VG burgers are fantastic! and unlike many places, if you ask for your burger to be cooked "medium", it actually comes out pink!)

          1. re: coney with everything

            I'm not sure about the Walgreen's parking lot. We were finally able to find parking in the lot (but it's tiny).

            And I do like Vinsetta Garage was well---I had a nice lamb burger there.

            Also our meal might have been more than $45 but I think it was in the $45-50 range.

        2. I haven't been to the Bistro yet, but I looked at the menu online. Yes, it isn't cheap.

          But you can remove some of the sting if you like to have good wine with your dinner.

          You can order any bottle of wine carried in the market at retail + $15 corkage fee.

          Depending on the wine you select, that can be a decent savings.