Bin 707 owner opts to leave Horizon Drive for downtown with different items on menu

QUICKREAD

WHAT: Bin 707.

WHERE: 225 N. Fifth St., #105.

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. all week.

COST: Under $25 for entrees, under $12 for lunch.

CONTACT: http://www.bin707.com or 243-4543.



The name Bin 707 might be fresh in the mind because I wrote about their cocktails last week. And I promised I would continue this week with a rundown of their food.

The bistro is, quite frankly, worth a second mention.

Owner Josh Niernberg, who previously operated a fine-dining establishment by the same name on Horizon Drive, rolled with the punches, downsized and reinvented his restaurant to reflect economic realities. But he didn’t sacrifice quality.

The atmosphere is that of a bohemian, French salon with a huge spray of fresh flowers to greet you. Some portraits of punk musicians lined the walls, although I could only recognize a few faces.

Inside tables are covered in butcher paper and you can sit inside, on the patio or at the light-infused bar.

We sat on the patio with a few other diners and a laconic golden retriever. He ordered a bowl of water.

On the upside, you can order a glass of wine and a dinner entrée and pay about $30. Or you can stop in for an appetizer and a beer and cap the bill at $10.

First up was a plate of skinny fries to share. Bin serves their crispy spuds with three dipping sauces: truffle aioli, Moroccan harissa or lemon garlic aioli. I don’t think they call them skinny fries because they make you svelte.

Another share item on the menu for a light supper is the charcuterie and cheese plate with grilled Italian bread. We could have sufficed on the array of cold meats, but my companions had their wide eyes set on the entrees.

Me, I couldn’t get past the temptations at the beginning of the menu. I finally settled on a stunning venison carpaccio appetizer after waffling between that and the cioppino fisherman’s stew.

Others at the table chose roasted chicken with sweet potato dumplings, shrimp and grits with Spanish sausage and a Berkshire pork chop with creamed hominy and green beans.

Dinner was rather quiet as everyone hoarded their plates, but I did manage to finagle a taste of every tasty morsel. Good. Good. Good.

I was most impressed with the shrimp, grits and spicy sausage concoction with smoked paprika — that dish could rightly be consumed for breakfast, lunch of dinner — but everything was mouth watering.

The side dishes were not an afterthought, but each layered and deserving in their own right.

The evening was capped with Bin 707’s award-winning chocolate, caramel pretzel pie. The strong taste of good chocolate was balanced with a creamy component and crispy crust.

Our unanimous opinion: It was the best meal we had in a long time.

ROAD TRIP: The Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival is on the 22nd and 23rd of this month. Besides the art show, a ticket entitles you to workshops, cooking demonstrations by headliner chefs and a wine and food pairing. One of the celeb chefs may sound familiar, Hosea Rosenberg, who competed and won Bravo TV’s Top Chef, operates Jax Fish House in Boulder. Tickets for July 22 are $65; $70 on July 23. Details and ticket sales, http://www.snowmassculinaryandarts.com or 970-948-2711.

LIFT PINKIE, PLEASE: Augusta’s Tea Room, formerly in Orchard Mesa, has new digs in downtown Grand Junction. The tea spot at 524 Colorado Ave. is behind Planet Earth with alley entrance.

High tea is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are required. Owner Augusta Fix also schedules private parties by appointment.  Contact 242-5310 or 629-2916.

QUOTE: “I’m getting so old, I don’t even buy green bananas anymore.”

– Chi Chi Rodriguez

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