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Cafe Bizou Sherman Oaks for Mother's Day?

wienermobile May 5, 2014 10:29 AM

Going to a Family dinner at Cafe Bizou Sherman Oaks for Mother's day... not my choice. Will gladly go with a smile on my face. I have never been here. Any recommended dishes or am I screwed? Happy Mother's Day to all!
http://cafebizou.com/home_so.php

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    medrite RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 12:53 PM

    It's been a while since I've been there, and although I think the place is overrated, you're certainly not screwed. As I recall, the eggs benedict or any permutation thereof is always a safe bet. Pretty good cocktail, too.

    1. orythedog RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 12:56 PM

      I think that going anywhere for a meal on Mother's Day is setting yourself up for disappointment. The only thing I have ever had at Café Bizou was the steak au poivre and it was just fine.

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        wienermobile RE: orythedog May 5, 2014 01:17 PM

        Thank you both! As always I will report back.

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          carter RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 07:42 PM

          You may be the youngest person in the building.
          The food is never terrible, never memorable, serviceable might be an apt term.
          But the noise factor can be more than oppressive. Weather permitting, the rear patio might provide an option to obviate that issue.
          You might inquire regarding bringing your own wine.
          As I recall, their list is never anything more than serviceable - there is that word again.
          I live 4 blocks from the place, and have not been in 5 years, and plan on keeping it that way.

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        VenusCafe RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 05:46 PM

        Hi Weiner~
        We used to go often, it was the best place near where my husbands family lived and amazingly enjoyable for all.
        I've often had fish and pasta there on Sundays.
        Haven't been there lately, but remember
        going on Mother's Day. This year they have a special Mother's Day menu served from 11AM to 9PM. http://cafebizou.com/mothers_day.php
        The menu is full of choices that may surprise you as a CH.
        Also a Lobster Fest menu is offered thru May 19; unfortunately it is not available on MD, but the existing menus are versatile and full of good ideas, and there just might be some lobster available if that is what you want.
        Let us know. You might even LIKE IT!

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          wienermobile RE: VenusCafe May 5, 2014 07:53 PM

          Thank you Thank you Thank you….

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          GK in SO RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 06:32 PM

          I see they have the Sand Dabs on the menu. Always a great choice!!!

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            xoxohh RE: GK in SO May 5, 2014 07:08 PM

            +1

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              wienermobile RE: xoxohh May 5, 2014 07:53 PM

              I love Sand Dabs!

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            jotfoodie RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 08:34 PM

            You are definitely not screwed, and as Carter has pointed out, food is never terrible. Corkage is only $2. Enjoy with the family, I always order their bread pudding and chocolate cake for dessert.

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              wienermobile RE: jotfoodie May 5, 2014 08:46 PM

              Yes to bread pudding! thanks

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              Jwsel RE: wienermobile May 6, 2014 09:32 AM

              I have gone to Bizou for Mother's Day and other events multiple times. It may not wow you, but it's very reliable and the salad/soup with entree makes it quite reasonable for what you are getting.

              My go-to dish is the monkfish with saffron risotto, fried carrots, and lobster sauce. I also recommend the pork tenderloin, veal sweetbreads appetizer, and the rack of lamb.

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                wienermobile RE: Jwsel May 6, 2014 10:22 AM

                Thank you for your advice.

              2. mucho gordo RE: wienermobile May 6, 2014 12:05 PM

                I love their sweetbreads, if you're into that sort of thing. Someone mentioned a noise factor but, I think there's considerably less noise there than at Mistral, down the street.

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                  wienermobile RE: mucho gordo May 6, 2014 12:14 PM

                  Love sweetbreads. Will give them a try if they are on the Mother's day menu. thanks.

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                    mucho gordo RE: wienermobile May 6, 2014 12:36 PM

                    It's on the menu

                    http://cafebizou.com/mothers_day.php

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                      wienermobile RE: mucho gordo May 6, 2014 12:47 PM

                      Yeah!

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                        mucho gordo RE: wienermobile May 6, 2014 04:17 PM

                        For your entree you might want to consider the short ribs or the pork tenderloin, Both were winners

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                          wienermobile RE: mucho gordo May 6, 2014 04:19 PM

                          I have my eye on those Sand Dabs.

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                            mucho gordo RE: wienermobile May 6, 2014 05:38 PM

                            I hope they're as good as the Dabs back in NE,

                2. wienermobile RE: wienermobile May 12, 2014 07:15 AM

                  Thank you all for your advice, dinner was actually fine. Good service even with the nightmare of Mother's day. The place had a table in any space you could put even put table. The restaurant was overflowing. Had the very good sweetbreads with potato pancakes and a terrible stuffed mushroom appetizer to start with. The Sand Dabs were ok (Musso's is still my favorite on that). But to tell the truth my Mom loved it and on Mother's Day thats all that really matters. I would not return on my own. Happy Mother's day to all.

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                    mucho gordo RE: wienermobile May 12, 2014 09:44 AM

                    Glad you enjoyed the sweetbreads, at least. I'm not familiar with the Dabs at Musso's and knew they wouldn't be as good as you'd get back east.

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                      wienermobile RE: mucho gordo May 12, 2014 09:49 AM

                      Thanks again for the sweetbreads recommendation. They were darn good.

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                        mucho gordo RE: wienermobile May 12, 2014 11:01 AM

                        When I went there I was hoping they would have a sweetbread entree. When I saw that it was just an app, I asked if they could increase the portion and serve it as an entree. No problem. They doubled the portions and charged less than 2 apps would have been.

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                      Jwsel RE: wienermobile May 13, 2014 08:01 PM

                      I wish I had thought to warn you away from that mushroom appetizer. It really is terrible.

                      You would have been better off with the soup or salad for $1 or $2.

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                        wienermobile RE: Jwsel May 13, 2014 08:08 PM

                        Our waiter said it was one of their best apps…..

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