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What is an Upscale Regional Bistro?

August 28, 2018

Ask/Define.com states the following:

“A bistro is a small restaurant serving moderately-priced simple meals in a modest setting. The concept developed in Paris, France. Bistros are defined mostly by the foods they serve. Slow-cooked foods like braisedmeats are typical.”

Based on the basic premise of a bistro, an upscale, regional bistro, such as Lobdell’s, A Teaching Restaurant, located in the Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College, would provide a more locally succinct dining experience.  An upscale, regional bistro is a smaller restaurant that offers upscale, casual dining, with lighter fare, smaller portions, and a menu that utilizes many locally available food sources of the region. Seasonality plays a part in this region, as the winter snows and freezing temperatures dictate availability of local produce. With advances in agricultural “hoop-house” technology, and the ability to produce local products through more of the year, it is becoming easier to focus on local, regional foods as menu items and ingredients.

So, if you want to enjoy a great meal, at a reasonable price, while supporting the training and growth of the culinary students that run the restaurant, plan a visit to Lobdell’s, A Teaching Restaurant, and experience an upscale, regional bistro first hand!

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