Ardeo+Bardeo’s Winter Delights

by Melanie Wright

I didn’t have a chance to try this menu, but my good friend Melanie did.  Check out what she thought of the Cleveland Park restaurant’s new seasonal menu!

Oh the holidays.  So much love, so much family, so much food – did I mention so much family? Want to preserve your sanity with a nice glass of wine and a tasty bite amid the chaos?  Ardeo+Bardeo in Cleveland Park is here to save the day.  After undergoing a major renovation last fall, this Cleveland Park favorite united the bistro and wine bar to create one restaurant with a 24 seat wine bar in the middle.  You can sit next to the likes of Madeleine Albright, Jim Leher, Alan Greenspan, and the Hill-Billy Clintons, while you savor Executive Chef Nate Garyantes creations.

Ardeo+Bardeo's Chic Ambiance.  Photo by Farhang Alem.

To start you can’t go wrong with the perfectly cooked disco fries.  Feeling adventurous?  Try the crispy headcheese with a perfectly cooked quail egg on top.  If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to offset all the holiday treats, try the Brussel Sprouts with Pistachios, Apricots, and Yogurt – a surprisingly tasty combination any brussel spout skeptic would enjoy.  For an entree don’t miss the Rabbit Bolognese with Ricotta Agnolotti and carrot puree – a perfectly balanced dish with a hint of lemon zest.  And if you’re up for seafood, try the Day Boat Scallops – the butternut squash puree, bacon, and lobster emulsion make this dish decadent and the spaghetti squash adds a fun crunch.

Day Boat Scallops. Photo by Farhang Alem.

For those who have wisely given up on their waistlines until January 1, save room for the chocolate pistachio tart – the salted caramel is amazing!  Or try the Pumpkin Pie – Garyantes gives Grandma a run for her money with this one.

Pumpkin Pie! Photo by Farhang Alem.

And saving the best for last: if holiday shopping has you low on cash, just swing by on a Sunday or Monday night for “Pie and Wine.”  You can choose any pizza from the menu and one of the featured wines (or a beer) for only $15.  Let us suggest the house bacon, aged cheddar, butternut squash, and basil pizza.  You had us at “house bacon” – yum!

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