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Review: Lunch at Black Creek Bistro

 Morgan Kelley Review: Lunch at Black Creek Bistro
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Black Creek Bistro is often regarded as one of the top dining experiences in Columbus, which makes this restaurant an excellent choice for a date night or special occasion. But what you may not know is that Black Creek also excels during the lunch hour by providing the same high quality food in sandwich formats at a price point that should be attractive enough to warrant weekly visits. Each item on the current lunch menu falls into the range of $7 to $12, with most sandwiches priced at $9. That includes your choice of a side dish: cole slaw, bistro fries, a side salad, or a cup of their daily soup. You’ll eat well for lunch here, regardless of whether you choose to dine in or order your food to go, if you’re the type of person who finds food ordered to go as acceptable for consumption.

The Monte Cristo ($9) is a straightforward rendition of this sandwich with ham and swiss served on egg battered and grilled slices of sourdough. The ham comes from an Ohio purveyor and is sliced thin. The bread is very slightly thicker cut, and the sourdough serves as a good choice for the french toast treatment as it manages to absorb some of the batter and butter, rendering it less greasy to touch and taste. The hot, salty combination of ham and swiss is balanced nicely with a side of cold sweet fresh raspberry compote.

Dave’s Chicken Trainwreck ($9) is a sandwich stuffed with Ohio-raised chicken, grilled onions, french fries, teriyaki, mala string beans and mayonnaise. At first glance, this looks like something invented by raiding the fridge for leftovers, but the flavors all end up working together surprisingly well. The beans have been marinaded in a spicy sauce resembling sriracha, giving the sandwich some kick. The chicken chunks were white breast meat that were grilled tender and juicy. And as always, Black Creek’s handcut shoestring fries are crisped nicely, adding an earthy, rustic element to the sandwich.

Black Creek’s Pork Burrito ($8) is a large flour tortilla filled with pulled pork, rice, black beans, corn, guacamole and roasted red peppers. Traditional mexican seasonings of cilantro and cumin are subdued, leaving the vegetables and meat stand on their own. Which isn’t a bad thing, but comes across as more of a midwestern comfort food flavor than what you might expect from a traditional burrito. The pork is certainly the star here, slow roasted, juicy and hand-pulled with a flavor profile closer to a home cooked pot roast. All combined, the ingredients blend together into a creamy texture. The only thing missing is a side of salsa.

Overall, the lunch menu items I’ve tasted at Black Creek Bistro all hit the ball out of the park. The inclusion of local ingredients where applicable combined with a thoughtfulness behind topping choices and house made sauces elevate these sandwiches and entrees into something worthy of a visit to this restaurant any day of the week.

Black Creek Bistro is located at 51 Parsons Avenue. They’re open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday from 11am to 11pm, Saturday from 4pm to 11pm and closed on Sunday. More information can be found online at www.blackcreekbistro.com.

Photos by Jennifer René of Jennifer René Photography.

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  • mrswd

    “You’ll eat well for lunch here, regardless of whether you choose to dine in or order your food to go, if you’re the type of person who finds food ordered to go as acceptable for consumption.”
    hmm bitter from the Grass Skirt Tiki review comments? lol

  • staindson7

    I only wish they did lunch on the weekends too, because I miss it during the week with only a half hour lunch! The couple times I did try lunch here, it was great and a little more affordable for my budget than their dinner, which I only hear good things about!

  • It’s been awhile since I’ve been to happy hour at Black Creek, but I still recommend it to people regularly. It’s another good way to eat and drink there on a budget ($5 apps, $3 mixed drinks, $5 martinis) along with a $10 “bistro feature” every Mon-Thur evening that they promote last minute via Facebook & Twitter. Can’t beat that! (Plus it’s only a five minute walk from my house, so that always helps too). ;)

  • DavidF

    mrswd, exactly what I was thinking. ;)

    Overall I thought it was a well written review.

    Good job Morgan.

  • hdtvohio

    The lunches disappoint me a little at Black Creek. I love dinner service at Black Creek, but I didn’t think the lunch (I ordered the trainwreck with a cup of soup) were as well crafted as say Barcelona’s similarly priced lunch options. The menu was small and the sandwiches didn’t seem to put the same emphasis on local and fresh ingredients that dinner there emphasizes.

    That being said it’s still a good value. It’s just that brunch and lunch at Barcelona and Lindey’s blow lunch at Black Creek out of the water whereas dinner at all three locations are amazing.

  • hdtvohio

    Also…real little critique for future photographs. One might think the only side dish as Black Creek is a side salad. Maybe mix the pictures of the different entrees up with different side dishes! However, I think the food looks great in the pictures so not bad photography work.

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