SamB's practically wrote the book on bistro cuisine in Bowling Green. The menu is a perfect representation of the unassuming college town; smart, quiet, and a little traditional.
The location lacks some of the funky appeal of their old space on North Main Street, but with high-end art adorning the walls, and sophisticated low key alt-rock quietly setting the stage, the overall impression is classy but comfortable. Warm woods, flickering candles, and unobtrusive but friendly service give an easy elegance to a space as appropriate for a night out as it is for families.
For lunch, we opted for the grilled reuben ($7.99) and the black and blue burger ($6.50.) The reuben featured thinly sliced marbled rye, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and extremely lean corned beef. The black and blue burger was excellent. A large patty of buttery ground beef is perfectly accented by tart blue cheese and a fresh crisp bun. We found the coleslaw a little bland without enough of a crisp bite to contend with the sandwiches.
Dinners are served with salad featuring homemade dressings, fresh bread, and butter. The house dressing was good, but standard, whereas the fresh blue cheese dressing was truly amazing, possibly the best I've had, with large lush chunks of tart Roquefort.
The bread also was excellent; fresh and warm with a chewy body and crisp, flaky crust. The French onion soup ($3.99) easily could be overlooked with a comparatively subtle beef broth that was less salty than most, but the swiss cheese was good and the homemade croutons remained firm and chewy.