THE EATBEAT: Canad Inn’s ’l Bistro offers nice Mediterranean experience’l Bistro in Canad Inn is a place that suits my fancy. It bills itself as a Mediterranean eatery. You can go there midafternoon and have a late lunch or early dinner. You can go there and find specials during the week.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
’l Bistro in Canad Inn is a place that suits my fancy.
It bills itself as a Mediterranean eatery. You can go there midafternoon and have a late lunch or early dinner. You can go there and find specials during the week.
And there is a special Sunday brunch — one that meets the approval of people who want to eat less and shell out about $4 rather than a huge layout approaching $20.
While ’l Bistro is in the far north end of the large hotel and one of three restaurants, I manage to find my way back there from time to time.
Most recently, it was a cold afternoon, and I ordered a bowl of soup that turned out to be the best I have tasted in many moons. It had a light cream base pleasingly flavored and was loaded with broccoli and cauliflower bits. With it, there was one nicely toasted breadstick — not too large.
I was late lunching with my daughter, Gail Hagerty (GH), who was in town on business from Bismarck. She created her own individual pizza heavy on the olives. She was well-pleased.
When my friend, Marilyn Alexander (MA), comes down from Winnipeg, she always wants to work in a late lunch at ’l Bistro. She orders linguine tossed in a sauce of goat, mozzarella, asiago and Parmesan cheeses ($11).
I have friends who go regularly for pizza specials Monday nights. On Tuesday nights, the draw is pasta specials. And half-price pizza with local musicians on stage highlights Thursday evenings.
All of this is beyond the glitter of the water park and arcade, where there is food and a place to redeem prizes.
’l Bistro is inviting. It’s colorful. There is a large room that can accommodate groups. There is seating along both sides of the restaurant and an attractive area set off in the center. Tiny lamps add to the ambience as do the flickering (electric-controlled) candles in colorful holders. The ceiling is high. So are the windows at the front of the restaurant.
Both visits to ’l Bistro were enhanced by the friendly, accommodating approach of Sarah Des Grez, the manager. When things are quiet, she sometimes is the sole person on duty. GH and I also were impressed by our server, Kristen.
Eric Roeder is the chef for the Bistro, while Robert Parks is the chief chef for Canad Inn. The hotel has three restaurants, including the Tavern and Aaltos Garden Cafe, and has three separate kitchens.
Signature items for ’l Bistro are the decadent chicken pizza and baked seafood penne.
Reach Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (701) 772-1055.