on July 25, 2009
Belle's Bistro is located right off Littleton Road in Westford and about a mile from the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center. It had become a fast favorite for many of the soccer folks in town for the US Youth Soccer Championships being held in nearby Lancaster . . . out in the suburbs of Boston.We dined early on a Saturday night, but if you're thinking about stopping in later during the supper hour, you may want to call ahead for reservations given their relatively small and intimate dining area. Our group consisted of four and we were seated immediately as perhaps the first guests of the evening at 6:00pm.Our server's name was Andrea and she was very friendly, wondering about all of the soccer folks who had taken over the place the past few nights. She remembered some in our group, so I don't know exactly what that means other than as a big group (around 25) they would have had a large final check and I'm sure tipped her generously.As she went through the chef's evening specials, she did tell us that there were no more Cowboy Steaks . . . reportedly a 20 oz bone-in rib eye that was a favorite the night before. That seemed OK as most of us wanted seafood/fish, although one in our group did enjoy the duck.Before ordering, a basket of fresh bread was brought out, to help take off the edge of the hunger pangs. Since it had been a long day of meetings and we did enjoy an early happy hour adult beverage back at the hotel bar, I was certainly ready to get a little something in my tummy.One in our group was intrigued by the Bistro Salad which was a lovely creation featuring candied pecans, cheddar cheese squares, dried cranberries & apricots tossed with a cranberry vinaigrette. At $10, it was enough to share among our table, so everyone had a little salad. I must say, it was almost too pretty to eat!As for dinner, I had the Maryland style crab cakes appetizer (times two) as my entree with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. Two of the others had the sea bass with a rhubarb chutney, with asparagus and garlic masheds as well. Entree prices were moderate between $16 and $27 which seems pretty consistent with other dinner spots in the area.Belle's Bistro had a full service bar providing a large selection 9of wines and many special martini concoctions. Additionally, they have a nightly dessert menu, which by all accounts from the night before, was outstanding. For this visit, however, everyone passed on the sweets.I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and meal we shared. The dining area was very cozy and would provide a most intimate setting for those looking for a special place to take that special someone in their life. It was also good to share with co-workers and friends from soccer.They highly recommend reservations. Additional information may be found on their web site: www.bellesbistro.com.
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