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Clean Plate Club: Fountain Bistro

This article appeared in Real Detroit. (Link to Source)
Nov. 9, 2010

Hearty Fare in Campus Martius

Located directly in Campus Martius about 20 steps away from the magnificent fountain (and the towering holiday tree in the winter), Fountain Bistro is a venue unlike any other. Currently geared towards the downtown business crowd, with breakfast and lunch hours offering both speedy to-go service or full sit-down dining service (as well as business catering), long-term plans are to grow the concept and really transform it into "what's happening" in the area. You can book a private party here and not just be stuck inside a restaurant, but also be able to have fun outdoor activities all around you, from summertime concerts to ice skating all winter.

Fountain Bistro's official grand opening was just this past June, making this their first winter transition. They are introducing their new fall and winter menu this week, which focuses more on cold weather comfort food, since the fresh ingredients emphasized in the opening menu are now out of season.

The new menu will have a brisket sandwich, meatball sandwich and Cuban pulled pork, as well as macaroni & cheese and tater tots. They're also keeping the favorites — try the hearty Cobb salad with their smoked tomato vinaigrette or house herb vinaigrette overflowing with hardboiled egg, cucumber, crisp bacon, turkey and crumbled bleu cheese — a full meal in a salad if ever there was. The grilled Italian sandwich with ham, salami, capicola, provolone, tomato and basil, with a side of pasta salad made with house vinaigrette, is a meaty masterpiece most sandwich shop chains couldn't compete with, and really — how much better is it to get a side of pasta salad with your sandwich instead of chips? So much better.

But the quiche, ohhh the quiche ... Their quiches are very popular, and Fountain Bistro will continue offering their quiche of the day, also debuting a shephard's pie quiche. But the Bistro quiche — egg whites, turkey sausage, tomato, basil and garlic aioli — is Bistro's true piece of perfection. Banish all thoughts of spongey, rubbery, store-bought and banquet hall quiches — this has a delicate balance of textures and succulent flavors that make for a superb breakfast dish. Now if only I could get a mimosa with that ... Guess I'll settle for their Lavazza Italian coffees (you can get a classic brew, espresso and a variety of specialty drinks), which is to Starbucks what Founders is to Budweiser.

The new menu features many of the old favorites, but also debuts some items wholly unique to the area, like the new belly-filling bread bowl soups. Rich and creamy clam chowder will be served daily, with rotating soup specials available for dine-in, to-go, outside during special events and in the outdoor "Arctic Zone" concession stand.

Rubber mats will be extended from the skate rental tent so ice skaters can grab their bread bowls and hot chocolate from the to-go counter. Fountain Bistro will also have a firepit where you can roast your own s'mores. And for those adverse to cold weather, enjoy a spectacular view of the fully-lit, 60-ft. spruce from inside the restaurant — and don't forget to stop in for a hearty morsel and flavorful coffee during the tree lighting ceremony on

All images and content courtesy Real Detroit.