Among the old buildings of downtown is a food scene that I have not seen in years. The fresh food and that hometown pub feel are not lost at Smiling Bison, a farm to table restaurant located off of Magnolia Ave.
Smiling Bison has that pub vibe through and through. We had the seat of honor for the night, the chef’s table. We had the opportunity to speak with Chef Josh as he signed off on each dish before making its way out to the customers.
I HAD to start with a drink the Bison Watermelon Margarita which included, jalapeno and cilantro infused tequila, house sour, watermelon puree.
It definitely sounded interesting, and while I am not really big on spicy food it was described as not having a lingering heat due to the watermelon, so I figured why not…and I was NOT disappointed! You definitely taste the flavor of the jalapeno but an only brief hint of the heat. Next up was our recommendations from the Chef which included the House Charcuterie & Cheese for our starter.
The food, the atmosphere would be great for a ‘kids-are-at-my-moms-house’ kind of night, they did not have a kids menu, but they do say that they are kid-friendly they make a good spaghetti and meatball, but with a twist, it’s not your regular spaghetti and meatball. Its pork & beef meatballs with tomato, lemon, basil, parmesan sauce.
What stood out was Chef Josh (who started his restaurant in his backyard) and his passion for the Smiling Bison and for the food he creates.
As the day came to a close I thought back on the many people that we have met so far, whether it was a store owner, chef, waitress or waiter they are genuinely passionate about bringing everything they have to the table, it was refreshing to see.
So ends day 2!