Friday, October 10, 2014

At home, at the Bistro

Bienvenue at the Hollywood School House Bistro, Woodinville, WA.

Why the name?

It sits across from a local historic building, once the town's schoolhouse. 
Built in 1912, the venerable brick building hosts wine tasting rooms and private events. 

Reminders of the town's pastoral past surround the Schoolhouse...

A few feet away, the Bistro beckons, with a generous outdoor sitting area, 
recently equipped with welcoming fire pits...

My friends and I have enjoyed good times there, in the sun, this summer...
Fall is here, and the evenings have gotten chillier. 
The dining room is inviting at nightfall...

Bistro, (def.): A small, modest, European-style restaurant.
Service is attentive, friendly and relaxed. 

Callie and Spencer fit the bill...

Food is unpretentious, yet delicious, largely inspired by home-style cooking.
A few days ago, the 3-course meal (Prix fixe, just like in Europe!) included: 
melt-in-the-mouth short ribs, creamy mashed potatoes and haricots verts. 
Un régal !
This week, Chef Frank has prepared a fabulous special: 
Lapin à la moutarde 
(traveling anonymously in these parts as "braised rabbit," 
but this French Girl knows better.) 

As an entrée (starter,) Chef Frank offered me a sampling of fresh escargots
served in the shell, in the traditional herb butter sauce.
A crisp, green salad ensured I would not feel too guilty
 while indulging my colimaçon [snail] craving.

But la pièce de résistance was the rabbit, and it did not disappoint. 
The rich, creamy mustard-based sauce, tangy without overpowering the dish, 
was the perfect complement to the tender rabbit. 

Another winner at the Bistro!

In a town well-known for its wine-tasting rooms (with limited food options,)  
restaurants range from family-style eateries serving ho-hum suburban fare; 
to chichi and often overpriced establishments.
Many have on thing in common: They'd better work at turning down the noise!

The young Bistro at the Hollywood SchoolHouse stands out as a unique place. 
From finger foods (a local favorite,) to hamburgers and salads, to more complex dishes;
it shows versatility and craft, and offers fresh, delicious food, 
at affordable prices; 
served with a smile in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Good luck to you, les amis!

Chef Frank and Sous-Chef Kyle


The Bistro at the Hollywood School House
14810 NE 145th street
Woodinville, WA 98072
Tel. (425) 892-2575


Tuesday 12:00-5:00pm
Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-8:00pm
Sunday: 11:00-5:00pm

French Girl's favorites:

The Spanish skillet (served on Sundays) 
Croque-monsieur with tomato soup 
Les frites!
Any of the desserts (That includes the homemade chocolate macaroons.)

A bientôt !

All photos by French Girl in Seattle.
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Thank you.


  1. Miam! Miam! Can't wait to try it!!! Merci, Veronique!

  2. This place looks great and from your description of the food items prepared and presented....I'd say we have a winner-keep us posted on the menu changes etc-wishing many happy times and meals here-what a treat two posts this week we are fortunate indeed!!

    1. Thank you, g. So far, meals and times have been happy indeed at Le Bistro. I know Chef Frank and his crew will keep surprising us over the next few months. Bon weekend, g. from Philadelphia!

  3. Great post! What a beautiful Bistro. Thank you so much for sharing. I also love the surroundings.

    1. Merci beaucoup Penny. This is a pretty area indeed. I wanted to show the surroundings as they do complement the Bistro nicely.

  4. What a find! Croque monsieur with tomato soup ~ divine!

    1. Le croque-monsieur is always a reliable choice, and now that Fall has arrived, a welcome item on the menu. Take care and happy weekend!

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    1. Pas mal, pas mal du tout, Alain ;-) Merci de ta visite.


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