Bistro du Midi
Now open, BDM's completely renovated the old Excelsior into a rustic two-floor/two bar space elegantly apportioned with a fireplace, yellow/brown tones, and exposed wood beams. They're serving dishes like Pistachio-topped Rabbit Rillette and Beef Carpacci
French fare may not make up a traditional Thanksgiving feast, but how can you turn down foie gras-mushroom brioche stuffing? Bistro du Midi’s vast prix-fixe menu starts with offerings as diverse as venison and pork terrine or beef tartare before moving onto options like roasted turkey breast and leg confit, duck breast, and filet mignon with sauce au poivre. When dessert rolls around, you’re choosing between vanilla bean creme brulee, salted pumpkin pie, and gateau basque. Tack on some optional raw bar, foie gras, or truffle additions, and you have yourself a decadent little holiday.
There’s a little slice of the French Riviera just south of the Boston Public Garden, and it’s found in the form of Bistro du Midi. While the food menu around here offers a plethora of French dishes ranging from moules frites to foie gras terrine, the seasonal tasting menu is a particular highlight for returning diners, offering a rotating array of haute cuisine plates crafted by chef Robert Sisca.
The deal: A three-course tasting menu is on the table throughout August, with lunch available for $32 and dinner for $46. Fans of perfectly-prepared protein should be sure to snag an order of the American wagyu tartare, while the black forest ham and gruyère-loaded croque monsieur serves as a particularly satisfying main course for evening diners.