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Baguette Bistro Is a New Favorite

Baguette Bistro is an excellent new addition to our wonderful Destin, Florida restaurant scene. A reviewer on Yelp wrote “I had the mild yellow curry and have to say, as a curry lover, (who’s eaten it all over from LA to NY) it was the BEST, most flavorful I’ve ever had.” This peaked our interest so we decided to check it out for ourselves. On the menu, the curry is described as “curry sauce, arugula, red bell pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, & steamed rice.” It was an ample serving, shared by all five at our table, and all declared “delicious!” We added shrimp to our curry dish, but you can also add tofu, chicken, or Atlantic salmon.

“With a menu inspired by traditional French and modern Vietnamese cooking, we focus on comfortable food with energetic flavor.” That’s the description by owner Duc Tran about his new restaurant located east of the Destin Commons.FullSizeRender-1

Under the Vietnamese menu, we also sampled another Yelp recommendation – lemongrass chicken. An excellent combination of wok-seared all natural chicken, red bell & green pepper, spinach, lemongrass sauce, slice onion, and steamed rice. Another favorite at the table.

There are several recommended dishes under French & Orleans dinner menu, including southern pork loin, orleans salmon & jumbo shrimp, and grilled rack of lamb.

This is a restaurant that has also figured out how to do a salad just right. We choose the crispy apple-kale salad. It was a huge serving filled with a mixture of kale, Fuji apples, cilantro, Brussel sprouts, crispy scallions, and a wonderful ginger dressing. You can also choose to top your salad with grilled chicken, shrimp, or sirloin.

We also had very nice, attentive service by our waitress, and the restaurant owner, Duc Tron, paid a very welcoming visit to our table, then treated us to one of his favorite appetizers, French beef rillettes. It was a yummy treat (think beef pate’), served with a wonderful toasted bread.

We will have to return for lunch soon as we spotted several items on the lunch menu that we would like to try, including the special mango chicken wrap (served with pho broth & eggroll) and the southern buttermilk crispy chicken sandwich.

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Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches are also on the lunch menu. If you have never tried one, they are a treat. It’s a delightful combination of pickled carrot, cucumber, basil, jalapeno, and cilantro served on a French baguette with either meatballs, ham, chicken, or beef rillettes.

Baguette Bistro is located at 4418 Commons Drive, East, next door to Jets Pizza in the Publix shopping plaza. Current opening hours are everyday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. The restaurant is also available for group bookings.

Enjoy!

Kendra Veach

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