Something delicious cooking at Bistro 76 | Art & Appetite
Rating: 4.8 out of 5
Where: 18401 76th Ave. W, No. 103
Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Price range: Entrees, $5-$13
I think we can just say it. Perrinville has struggled. I am so relieved to see businesses finally managing to get a foothold there. It's been a very long haul. Decades, really. Several of my north Edmonds and Meadowdale readers have taken me up on my invitation to suggest places they like, and one that keeps popping up is in Perrinville.
The first thing you notice when you walk into Bistro 76 for breakfast is the warm, comfortable, almost country/rustic atmosphere. You might notice the clattering of dishes or the sizzling bacon and hash browns. You might also notice how everything is sparkling clean – the silverware, the glass display cases, even the bathrooms. I take this as a very good sign.
Orders are taken at the counter, which can throw you if you're a newcomer. Fortunately, a frequent visitor noticed our confusion and tipped us off. I like the fact that they’re not jamming too many tables into the dining area. They also have a decent outdoor seating area.
Owner Briana Davis has already been at work for several hours, as the display case full of pastries attests. We had to try the banana bread donut, which comes topped with butter caramel icing. I’d never seen or heard of such a thing.
We also felt we should see how the coffeecake and orange swirl tasted. There went any hope of restricting my sugar intake, but wow! It was worth it. I forget sometimes how wonderful truly fresh baked goods can be.
For breakfast, we decided to try the eggs Benedict and the forest mushroom, tomato and spinach scramble.
The eggs Benedict were unremarkable, aside from a slight hint of heat in the hollandaise, which I liked. I think that you find eggs benedict on most breakfast menus because it is predictable, and it's a safe bet here.
But the scramble was fantastic. It was the marriage of Gruyere cheese, spinach and sautéed mushrooms, in eggs not cooked to death, and in the right proportions (that is to say, with plenty of Gruyere) that makes me want to come back. I could make a habit of that.
Open now for a little more than four months, Bistro 76 (on 76 Avenue West – see what they did there?) has big plans. The space next door is available, and they will be expanding into it soon.
“We’ll also be opening soon for happy hour on Friday and Saturday, extending our hours to 7 p.m. on those days,” Davis said. “We hope to have live music, craft beer and wine specials and a selection of high-end appetizers at happy hour prices.”
They’re also planning on becoming a go-to spot for viewing Seahawks games. If I lived in north Edmonds, Blue Ridge or the Meadowdale area, I’d make a bike ride or a nice walk out of the trip there – maybe burn off a few of the calories I intend to consume.
Bistro 76 is also open for lunch. I've already got my eye on their Cuban panini and their Tuscan garden tuna salad, among other tantalizing options the menu offers.
I hope this place gets the love it deserves from a neighborhood that sorely needs it. I'm not too worried though – the word’s already spreading.
There's something great in Perrinville!
James Spangler is the owner of Spangler Book Exchange in Edmonds and an aficionado of all things art and appetite. Do you know of a Snohomish County restaurant, art gallery or theatrical show worthy of a review? Call him at 206-795-0128 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org