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Bistro 120

November 27, 2009

  • 120 E. Michigan Avenue
  • Paw Paw, MI 49079
  • (269) 657-3654
  • Website
  • No Online Menu

When we leave home, I usually have a dining plan.  I take pride in researching and finding the best place to eat along our route.  For some reason, on our recent trip home, I didn’t do that.  We just got in the car and started driving.  J had just gotten off work and we were heading to Chicago for the holiday weekend. 

It was about 1:00 and we were both hungry.  I suggested just getting off in Paw Paw and seeing what we could find.  J thought she had seen a place downtown but when we drove by, it didn’t really look like a lunch spot.  I went to turn around in a parking lot off of Gremps Street and staring us right in the face was a sign for a Bistro.  We didn’t see it from Michigan Avenue, but a Bistro sounded like a good place for lunch.

Bistro 120 is on Michigan Avenue between Kalamazoo Street and Gremps Street.  The storefront is actually a O’Farrell McGuire’s Irish Pub.  The Bistro is behind the bar with the main entrance from the parking lot behind the building. 

We entered the Bistro and were met right away by someone who told us they were done serving lunch in the Bistro, but were still serving in the pub.  We followed a hallway around the corner to come into a typical Irish pub setting.  Along the wall were a number of two tops.  The tables in the middle were all set up for six to eight people.  The two tops were all filled and we didn’t want to take a huge table, so we took a seat at the bar.  The waitress handed us a couple menus and said she’d be right with us. 

We ordered our drinks while we were looking over the menu.  The selections seem to change daily which is why I couldn’t find one online.  I should have grabbed one of the days menus just to give you an idea, but I didn’t. 

J ordered the turkey sandwich.  They use fresh roasted turkey from Ottoman’s in Marshall.  It was sliced pretty thick and put on a sandwich.  What really sold J on the dish was a jalapeno cranberry sauce that was served on the side.  She put it on the sandwich and really loved it.  The turkey was very moist and tender.  She isn’t too crazy about big chunks of meat in any dish, but these pieces of turkey fell apart in her mouth.  Alongside the sandwich were some Ruffles potato chips and some coleslaw.  Before the sandwich came out, we both got soup which was included in the meal.  She chose a cheesy chicken soup which, again, she loved.  She said the broth was like a cheese soup, but it still had the chicken noodle feel to it. 

I went with the grilled ham and three cheese.  This thing came piled with ham on a grilled rye bread.  There were six slices of cheese…three above and three below the meat.  Without the meat, this would have been a good sandwich.  With the meat, it was great.  There was a lot more ham than I expected there would be and I didn’t have to worry about leaving hungry with all the food we got.  My sandwich also came with soup, chips, and coleslaw.  The soup I chose was actually Linda’s Spicy Chili.  It wasn’t really spicy, but it was good.  I’m usually a little hesitant with chili because it’s usually more beans than anything.  This chili only had a few beans and a lot of meat.  Exactly how I would make it at home.

Our bill was about $24, but we really got a lot of food.  Both of us were having trouble finishing and we didn’t even get bread before our meal.  Our waitress said they had so many Thanksgiving pies, there was no room for rolls.  She did get some done before we left though and she bagged them up and made us take them home.  We never would have known that were supposed to get rolls so it was really nice of her to go out of her way to  make sure we got some before we left. 

I don’t know what the actual Bistro is like, but the food was outstanding even if it was served in an Irish pub.  When we eat at places that call themselves a “bistro” I usually leave hungry.  This was not the case.  We got great food in family restaurant style portions.  We found Bistro 120 on accident, but it was a great find. 

Linda's Spicy Chili

Turkey Sandwich w/Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

Grilled Ham and Three Cheese Sandwich

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 5, 2012 7:59 pm

    Their dinner menu is even better. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Michigan.

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