What does chocolate drizzled American soul food, Indian cuisine, Scottish beer, Argentinean steak and a French technique for cooking meat all have in common?
However, despite the the large distances separating these foods and cultures, the menu at
Jack’s Bistro brings these unique dishes, and many more, all together in one place. Located at 3123 Elliot Street in Baltimore, Maryland, is a small, bustling restaurant and bar that has captured the hearts and stomachs of locals and food critics alike. On the outside, Jack’s Bistro doesn’t look like much, a corner store with a pretty front door really, but the moment you step inside, the atmosphere changes entirely. Inside, Jack’s Bistro proudly displays itself both as a bar and a restaurant respectively, keeping the hours of the bar and the restaurant far apart.
In addition the surprisingly welcoming ambiance, the staff of Jack’s Bistro are just as friendly and helpful, knowing the restaurant’s ever-changing and ambitious menu inside and out; which is good, considering anyone new to Jack’s Bistro may need some help
scouring the outrageous menu.
And when I say ‘outrageous’ I’m not kidding. For your first time at Jack’s Bistro, it’s hard to find something you’ve already had, that is unless you’re familiar with Chilled Penang Curry with NZ Green Lip Mussels or chocolate cover Macaroni and Cheese. But why stop there? In fact, Jack’s Bistro is the first restaurant to introduce a French cooking style called Sous Vide to Baltimore.
At Jack’s Bistro, “Sous vide, (pronounced “soo veed”), uses airtight plastic bags placed in hot water well below boiling point. Sous vide maintains the integrity of ingredients by heating them for long periods of time (sometimes over 24 hours) at precise low temperatures.”
It may sound a little strange, but don’t worry, Jack’s Bistro also provides a wide-variety of dishes that don’t involve sous vide cooking like the Guinness Braised Filet Mignon and Bistro Crab Cakes or Bodhi Dal.
Furthermore, despite the fancy food, Jack’s Bistro isn’t as expensive as one might think, probably around the price range of eating out at Olive Garden.
So, if ever you’re in the mood to try something new or just want a good meal for a decent price, Jack’s Bistro has something for just about anyone, from meat-lovers to vegetarians, even children.