Bistro 501: Brunch and Everything AfterNick Rogers | Monday, October 01, 2018
At Bistro 501, perhaps the only thing larger than the portions are those beckoning windows. If you’ve ever strolled down Main Street in Lafayette, you’ve no doubt gazed through them — curious about the fowl-themed interior décor … and likely envious of the food folks are enjoying inside.
On the other side, you can enjoy a view of downtown from this long-running institution for a quick lunch, luxurious dinner, cornucopia of cocktails and — for the meal on our most recent visit — bountiful brunch.
Biscuits and gravy aren’t usually my thing, often bland bread softened into sludgy, salty paste. But it was hard to pass up Bistro’s maple-chili sausage variant, with a delicately dialed-in sweet heat and served in a way that saturated the buttermilk biscuit without robbing its flaky crunch. Some dining companions from out of town sampled the Better Bacon — among Bistro’s many tasty team-ups with the Indiana meatmakers at Smoking Goose. Thick-cut, smoky and salted just right, it’s hard to go back to “regular” bacon after this.
The home fries were good, but they’ve got nothing on Bistro’s French fries (available at every meal). In theory, that cone is large enough to share. But you won’t want to, especially if you enjoy the grace notes of garlic in their side of dippable aioli.
After brunch, it’s also hard to go wrong. The Caesar salad comes in a parmesan-crisp bowl you can pick apart after you’ve sampled the scrumptious salad. Stuffed with short rib to keep it juicy in a way that satisfies even this staunch ketchup fan, the burger is a must. And their larger entrees stretch the staples in singular ways — from root beer-glazed carrots that pair with roasted chicken and BBQ pork to huckleberry or blackberry glazes and sauces and beyond. Big menu, big portions, big windows … and a big recommendation for Bistro 501.
IF YOU GO
- Bistro 501
- 501 Main St., Lafayette
- (765) 423-5401
- 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sundays
- $7 to $18 (a la carte options from $1.50 to $7)
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays–Fridays
- $7 to $14 (a la carte options from $1.50 to $5)
- 5 to 9 p.m., Mondays
- 5 to 10 p.m., Wednesdays–Saturdays
- Appetizers: $8 to $20
- Entrees: $12 to $34
Reservations recommended for dinner, brunch and large parties
- Last modified: Friday, September 28, 2018