(Go To) BISTRO TO-GO
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Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Recently, Kevin texted me that he was going to have lunch at Bistro To-Go. With his parents in town, we decided to tag along. Soon after we picked him up at the office and headed to the Pee Dee State Farmers Market. Here’s what we found.
We spotted the food truck to the left on the back end of the market. (Admittedly, my only experiences with a food truck of any type was the ice cream truck as it passed our home or our grandparents’ home in Louisiana.) Bistro To-Go is much larger than that ice cream truck with much better edibles.
White with stylized, futuristic lettering in red, Bistro To-Go is the food truck that cannot be missed inside the market. The menu is posted in front of the two picnic benches. And, with a quick run through of it, the highest dollar amount is $6.00. Jay was quite busy taking all the orders and cooking them as they were ordered. Kevin ordered the Blackened Tilapia Po’boy, a blackened tilapia on a hoagie with lettuce, tomato, onions, and a fresh made horseradish aioli. I wanted the “The Taterhead” Pimento Cheese Burger, a house-made burger with freshly made pimento cheese, lettuce, onions and tomato. Kevin’s dad Watson ordered the same. His mom Kathy ordered the Philly Cheese Steak, shaved ribeye, grilled onions and peppers and cheese on a hoagie bun. Our daughter wanted the Grilled Chicken Wrap, marinated grilled chicken tenderloin, lettuce, onion, and balsamic vinaigrette. Each family ordered a side of onion rings.
As I mentioned, Jay was extremely busy and it took some time to receive our meals. And, the food was well worth our wait! The burgers were juicy and the pimento cheese was an awesome accompaniment. Kevin enjoyed his po’boy with its blackening seasoning. Kathy proclaimed that the Philly was one of the best she’s ever had. And our daughter ate the whole chicken wrap, lettuce included.
For our second visit to Bistro To-Go, it was my daughter and I meeting our dear friend Nicole Echols from Harvest Hope Food Bank for lunch this past Friday. Figuring we had missed the lunch rush, there were just a couple of people enjoying their meals on the picnic tables. Recognizing us, Jay came right up to us and asked for our order. I advised that we were meeting Nicole at 1 p.m. He stated that she had just been by with a co-worker and told him that she would be back. Our daughter wanted the same Grilled Chicken Wrap ($6.00); I, on the other hand, wanted something else but, just didn’t know what. Jay advised that there were two additions to the menu: a meatball sandwich and a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich ($6.00). I opted for the latter with a pasta salad ($2.00). Jay graciously brought our meals, drinks, and napkins to us. Again, our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her chicken wrap while keeping a lookout for Nicole. My Chicken Parm had to be eaten with a fork; there was no other way to eat it. The chicken had been grilled and was chopped into chunks so I didn’t have to use a knife. I could have easily had that over a nice whole grain pasta.
While awaiting our meals, we noticed several antique car owners and possibly sponsors of the car show that weekend as well as the owner of Hyman Vineyards coming by and ordering meals from Jay. One gentleman hopped up the “back porch” of the truck and told every passerby that Bistro To-Go has the best food at prices that cannot be beat.
We were nearly finished our meals by the time Nicole arrived. She joked that she has been eating at Bistro To-Go nearly every working day enjoying the Bacon and Blue Cheese Wedge Salad ($4.00), a fresh wedge of iceberg or Romaine lettuce covered with blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and a vinaigrette dressing. She commented that today she wanted something different. Jay offered the Marinated Pork Wrap ($4.00), marinated grilled pork with onions, tomatoes, lettuce and ranch dressing, adding that that’s what he eats every day. Well, Nicole was sold and ordered onion rings on the side.
After returning our red baskets back to the truck, Jay popped his head out and inquired if we wanted a dessert. I really did not have room for it and I joked that I had to be good diabetic and not eat any sugar. Well, he couldn’t resist. He made us what he calls a Caramel Apple Sopapilla. (I know people who disagree that it is not a sopapilla as it is traditionally known, but it was scrumptious!) Nicole and I did our best not to have too much caramel but, it was so darn delish. Our daughter truly enjoyed the soft Granny Smith apples in the dish. Jay advised that he adds some Muscadine wine from Hyman Vineyards to the caramel. Yummy, yummy, yummo.
I sub-titled this article “(Go To) BISTRO TO-GO” because in both visits we went to the Pee Dee State Farmers Market on these occasions specifically to eat at Bistro To-Go; we think you should too. I will on future visits take in the whole market and return home with more Certified SC goodies, just like Jay prepares in his food truck.
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Was disappointed to drive to the farmers market after reading this review and find that the Bistro is no longer located there. Check FB of Bistro to Go Florence prior to going to find out where they are.
@katerbergk It is a mobile facility, so it does move. A link has been added to the page noting that individuals should check the Facebook Page for the current location.