The clever design at Le Bistro at Muscoreil’s guides customers past gleaming bakery cases on the way to the dining areas. One cannot help but mentally inventory items to procure on the way out.
Le Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, prompting two excursions. While dinner items aren’t overly expensive, our Cheap Eats threshold kept us in the breakfast/sandwich areas of the menu.
Arriving at 10 a.m. on a Sunday, we (Sig Other, friends Mary and Ken) were promptly seated in the cute dining area. Good coffee and juices delivered, we ordered a three-egg frittata ($9.95), three-egg omelet ($8.95), Rocky Mountain French Toast ($8.99) and Eggs Benedict ($10.95).
Frittatas and omelets are “create your own,” with a choice of one cheese (Swiss, provolone, pepper jack, mozzarella, cheddar or feta) and three other ingredients from a list (sausage, spinach, tomatoes, bacon, asparagus, mushrooms, ham, onions or peppers). Extra ingredients are 75 cents each.
Breakfasts were delivered swiftly – almost too swiftly – as a regular French toast landed in front of me instead of the Rocky Mountain version I’d ordered. (I should have made myself clearer, but on the other hand, the server should have clarified, as there are two French toast items on the menu.) It took a while to get the waitress back to amend the situation. In the meantime, the others dug in.
Ken’s frittata (sausage, bacon, ham, onion, cheddar) arrived in a cute cast-iron skillet with rye toast. In all, the diameter appeared to be about five inches. The frittata was nicely browned and fluffy.
Mary’s omelet (feta, asparagus, mushroom and spinach) arrived with a side of basic red-skinned potato home fries. Her wheat toast was missing, so she snagged a piece of Ken’s. She enjoyed the omelet, but she noted that there could have been more filling, as the mushrooms were hard to detect. Perhaps the kitchen forgot them?
Sig Other took a chance with Eggs Benedict and was rewarded. The eggs were cooked perfectly, layered on a split English muffin with ham. Hollandaise can be tricky; however, these had a nice, delicate version that didn’t drown them on the plate.
The Rocky Mountain French Toast features homemade cinnamon rolls split and stuffed with a cream cheese filling, then topped with apple compote. Flavorful and filling, it was sweet. I prefer a sweet-tart apple flavor, but considering the time of year, perhaps a good apple is hard to come by? Still, it had a pleasant taste, especially when the whipped cream topping melted into the heap.
Visit No. 2 (an early Friday dinner with friend Joe) started off with two cups of broccoli cheddar soup ($1.99). A nice, creamy concoction was made even better with the two rolls we received. They were light, almost like a croissant in texture. The soup lacked chunks of broccoli we were looking for, yet it was still satisfying and warm.
Our paninis (served for lunch and dinner) arrived nicely grilled.
Joe’s Pacific Panini ($9.95) was filled with a modest portion of salmon, thin asparagus spears, red onion and a dill sauce. He opted for the side of fruit, which turned out to be a single slice of cantaloupe and an orange slice.
My Zeus Panini was a Greek version with a modest filling of diced chicken, spinach, feta, onions and a Greek marinade. On the side (sadly) were bagged potato chips. I hoped “bistro” would opt for the more interesting version of chips you see nowadays or some other interesting side.
Both paninis had excellent flavor combinations. However, like the omelet and frittata, the kitchen could be a little less stingy with the fillings and the sides. A little more would go a long way.
Nonetheless, we rectified the little holes in our stomachs by purchasing a delectable dessert from the case to eat at home.
Le Bistro at Muscoreil’s
Where: 3960 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda (692-9081, www.muscoreils.com)
Hours: Breakfast is 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday; until 3 p.m. on Sunday. Lunch items are served from 11 a.m. through dinner (4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Hours may vary by season.
Specials: Daily lunch special for $10.99 includes soup or side salad, daily sandwich and daily cake selection.
Wheelchair access: Yes.