ANTIOCH – On the weekend of Antioch's Taste of Summer, we wanted to savor the flavor of summer, but we also longed for the taste of food.
As we walked past sidewalk sales on the village's Main Street, we noticed four tables outside of a restaurant – David's Bistro. We walked in. A cloth separated the entranceway from the dining room – a nice touch so that customers could have a little privacy.
It was too nice of a day for us, though, to eat inside. We asked for a sidewalk table.
Small signs near the ground on each side of the front door read, "David's Doggy Bistro." I asked the waiter about it, but he had no idea why they were there.
When the waiter listed the specials, both of us wanted the trout. Unlike a lot of people, my date and I actually like fish, so sometimes we find ourselves getting the same meal. She accuses me of copying her.
For the purposes of Mystery Diner, we got different meals – she ordered pork tenderloin, while I got the almond-crusted trout.
Shortly after, the waiter delivered bread and butter to the table .
"The butter is sweet," I told my date.
"I was going to say the same thing," she replied.
Because of the Taste of Summer, we saw a lot of people pass. A nicely dressed young couple walked by our table a number of times, perhaps taking in the nice evening before watching a play at the nearby theater.
Meanwhile, parents dropped off their children for the festival, including a teenage boy with an asthma inhaler in hand. An older trio got out of a car. One asked whether the others had heard of the restaurant. "We love the bistro," another said.
We got our salads, with the house dressing. Very tasty. The salad also had fresh mushrooms. For most of my life, I avoided mushrooms, but my date convinced me to give them a try a couple of years ago. Now, I eat fresh mushrooms, just not the cooked variety.
My trout was served over a bed of linguine. Both of our plates came with broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potato chips, making for a nutritious meal.
My date liked her pork tenderloin.
"The meat was tender," she said. "The potatoes had a lot of flavor to them. The vegetables were soft, but not mushy. They had a little snap."
After we finished, the owner came out. He asked about our meals. We gave a thumbs up.
Of course, we had to ask him about the doggy signs. He said the restaurant often has bowls out for dogs. So this bistro takes care of customers – and dogs.
The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at Suburban Life Media. The diner's identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. Only positive dining experiences will result in published reviews.