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Good find: Bar Bistro in Midland is out of the way, but worth a detour

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Oct. 3, 2013 at 10:16 am | No Comments »
October 3, 2013 10:17 am
Bar Bistro opened Sept. 9 in an out-of-the-way location in the Midland neighborhood. Did you even know about that neighborhood?
Bar Bistro opened Sept. 9 in an out-of-the-way location in the Midland neighborhood. Did you even know about that neighborhood?

Put this restaurant and bistro in the category of “Wait, where is that?” and “Wow, your food is worth that drive.” Bar Bistro opened Sept. 9 with a menu of farflung themes in a location that’s a fair distance from Tacoma’s typical restaurant hubs.

Bar Bistro is at the corner of 99th Ave. E. and Portland Avenue in the Midland neighborhood. Not quite sure where that is?  It’s right off State route 512, in between the Parkland and Puyallup exits. Midland is a bit of a desert for restaurants, which is either brilliant or a bit of a gamble to open a bistro with high-end leanings in that neighborhood.

It’s a polished space, although it might be less confusing for diners if the bistro reconfigured the front entrance to include a seating station. As it is now, diners walk directly into the dining room and there may or may not be someone there to greet you.

The charred hearts of romaine salad at Bar Bistro in Tacoma's Midland neighborhood.
The charred hearts of romaine salad at Bar Bistro in Tacoma’s Midland neighborhood.
There’s little separation between the bar and open dining room. Flat panel televisions flicker throughout the bar,  which is lit with red and blue neon. The soundtrack was pure indie rock. Servers were young and seemed straight out of Tacoma’s Social Bar and Grill. In fact, the menu reminded me of what diners find at Social – an eclectic mix of regional eats with a theme that flickers from the Northwest to the Mediterranean to island destinations. There’s pasta, steaks, seafood and sandwiches (see PDFs of the menus below). The dishes I ordered looked professionally plated and ingredients were thoughtfully composed.

The restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner daily.

The bar and bistro was founded by Eric Poulin with reinforcement from Jason Blessum, executive chef. I know little about the duo, but I’ll have a longer story and first-bite review of the restaurant next week. Check back then.

Bar Bistro
Where:1718 99th St. E., Tacoma, 253-537-3655. Facebook here.

Bar Bistro drink menu

Bar Bistro dinner menu

Bar Bistro lunch menu

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