Bistro Bliss on the Northside

Bistro To Go is a quainty little stop along East Ohio street in Pittsburgh’s northside. Its popularity is evident by the crowds that I see walking in and out on a cold winter’s day. Each weekday has several different featured hot lunch specials which are displayed in a display case upon entering. Today, despite the cold, I opted for some bistro specialties. Much like other popular chain bistros, like Panera Bread, Bistro To Go offers a “Pick a Pair” option, where you have a choice of half a sandwich, half a salad or a cup of soup.

For lunch today, I opted for a Pick a Pair of “Mr. Pepper” Bistro Sandwich and the “Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad” served over a bed of greens. The lunch satistifed my lunch hunger and hit many of my top taste profiles.

The Mr. Pepper sandwich tastes nothing like its cousin Dr. Pepper. It is a turkey and peppered bacon sandwich with onion, provolone cheese, roasted tomatoes, spring mix lettuce with balsamic vinegar on a three cheese roll. The peppered bacon shines through on the sandwich. The use of a spring mix over traditional iceburg lettuce was a nice touch. I didn’t taste much of the balsamic, though it must have been there because the sandwich wasn’t dry. Overall, it was good, though I would have preferred a softer bread around this sandwich.

Bistro To Go on UrbanspoonFor the salad, I very much enjoyed this creamy chicken salad over the bed of greens. The ultimate ingredient, though, were the almonds. After having this salad, I am adding toasted, sugared almonds to my list of favorite salad toppings – also on the list is bacon bits, and warm raisins.

Last night we had a snowstorm, which one Tweeter, @BoringPGH, coined as the SNOWtoriousBIG. Today, as I take my car to Lockhart Tires for new tires to navigate the snowy roads.  What better way to spend an hour than stopping by the Bistro for lunch. I think the Priory Fine Pastries is in order for dessert!

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While "TasteBud B" doesn't feel very photogenic, he certainly gets out and about to snap pictures of his food. He's passionate about sharing Pittsburgh events, food talk topics, restaurant recommendations and travel destination finds. (@PghTasteBudB On Twitter)

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