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Bistro 71, Chambersburg

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On a road trip with a stop near Gettysburg, my husband and I stayed at a hotel in Chambersburg. We checked Chowhound for restaurant recommendations, but we didn't see anything written within the last several years.

Several people on another site recommended Bistro 71, so we gave it a try. It was a perfect choice, especially in a wasteland of chain restaurants.

We started with the blackboard drink special of the day, an orange Manhattan that was perfectly blended. Our friendly and helpful waiter made us feel at home, and the live music--a duo that plays every Friday--was tuneful, pleasant, and not too loud.

We had Caesar salad, he had the burger (delicious, perfectly cooked) along with the carrot side dish substituted for the fries, and I had the grilled cheese with tomato bisque.

As I was finishing the bisque, I decided to have another bowl of it for dessert. Except I was too full for dessert. But really, it was that good. The sandwich looked sort of small when it arrived, but it was really filling. A light, grilled ciabatta was filled with layers of goat cheese, aged provolone, and parmesan. Meltingly delicious.

On the way out, we had a lovely conversation with the owners. They urged us to stop in on our way home in a couple weeks, and we're already planning an itinerary that will do just that.

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  1. sounds great.thanks! The only other place we have found in the general area of Gettysburg is actually down Rte 15 into MD.....Chubby's.............BBQ mostly, but BBQ at its best

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    1. re: FriedClamFanatic

      I hope you get a chance to try it out sometime! Unfortunately, we ended up going home in one long haul from western VA, so we didn't get to stop in Chambersburg again this time.

    2. Just went to their website to look at the menu. The sections for entrees,apps, and small plates all have the same response when I click on them, saying essentially that the menu changes according to the chef's whim.

      Bad bad practice. I want to see what sort of stuff I might order. For all I can tell from the site it could be Phillipino/Yemeni fusion place with Inuit influences.

      They are wasting money on a website if it gives no info.

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      1. re: sal_acid

        How about letting them know you'd like an update? There is a menu, not a long one and many of the elements do indeed change daily (the tomato bisque, the carrot side dish, both elements of several items served, were daily specials).

        It's a Bistro. You can tell from the name. Clearly not Phillipino/Yemeni fusion. :)

        I agree that I like to see a menu ahead of time. We chose the place because of write-ups on other websites, since all the other dinner options in the area were chain restaurants and one diner. This is why I took the time to write up the place on Chowhound, to try to let fellow CHers know about it. My review was of the actual restaurant, not whether they do a good or bad website.

        1. re: Elisa515

          My reply was not a criticism of your review. Obviously.

          So if its a bistro I can then predict the style of the food on the menu? If that is so, it should all be French Bistro food at Bistro 71, right? Well, this clearly isn't the case from the few dishes that you mention.

          So maybe they should have sample menus on their website.

          1. re: sal_acid

            Everything we ate was French bistro food.

            1. re: Elisa515

              Caesar salad?
              Hamburger?

              Very French indeed.

              But I'm sure it was very good.

              Elisa, you seem to be taking it personally that I found their website wanting. Unless you wrote the website or own the joint your distress is unwarranted.

              1. re: sal_acid

                I am not in distress, and I have nothing to do with this restaurant. I live in NY and had never even been in that part of the country before.

                The hamburger was in the same bistro style as I've had in my area. goat cheese, brioche roll, all French. The salad had a French touch, as I explained.

                But, I reviewed the restaurant. Not its marketing efforts.