We tried the brunch and I apologize for not taking any photos. Â Â What really caught my eye about this place was the bloody mary bar AND that they have free wine tastings on Wednesdays (not sure if I'll ever make that).
We had the mimosas (refreshing), western omelette, andouille sausage dish and the chicken and waffles. Â All dishes came with their version of home fries, a small 'cup' of fruit and frisee salad. Â There wasn't anything that really stood out for us - it was all good enough to finish off our plates, but nothing to make us want to eat here again and again. Â The one thing I found interesting was that the coffee was self serve, but yet they only had a couple of options to choose from. Â We have no problems with serving ourselves, but at least provide us with more of a selection.
What's a girl to do when craving grilled meat and an outdoor dining experience when her deck has just been demolished - head out to eat of course! It was a beautiful night - great temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. Parallel Wine Bistro was not our first choice this evening, but the other restaurant we stopped at first would not accommodate outdoor dining due to inclement weather. Hmmmm....looked outside - blue skies, no clouds AND a group of people devouring food at an outdoor table. Hostess' response - "Oh they aren't supposed to be out there". Ok - no seats in the bar area, lackluster service from hostess so off we go to Parallel Wine Bistro.
We arrive at Parallel and no one is seated outside. I start to think we are doomed to an indoor dining experience after all, but when we ask the friendly hostess if we can sit outside. her response is "Sure, but the cushions may be damp, let's check". Â Cushions are dry so we grab a high top and settle in. Meagan comes out to greet us and take our drink order. We start with a sparkling margarita made with Patron silver. It was refreshing and didn't taste overly strong.
My husband ordered the Bistro Burger with duck fat fries. The burger was cooked medium, smothered in cheese and topped with grilled portabella and onion. The duck fat fries were some of the best fries I have ever tasted - crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and seasoned just right. The dish came with three dipping sauces; house made ketchup, chipotle aioli and bistro sauce. My favorite with the fries was the chipotle aioli.
I ordered a hangar steak medium rare with crispy smoked cheddar grits. The steak was cooked perfectly and extremely flavorful. It also came with three dipping sauces; chipotle aioli which I found too salty with the steak, bistro sauce and blue cheese sauce. I am not a fan of blue cheese, but the flavor of this sauce was not overwhelming and perfectly complemented the steak. Surprisingly, the blue cheese sauce was my favorite. The crispy smoked cheese grits were just ok. I thought they lacked flavor compared to the steak and lost a bit of crispiness because they were served under the steak.
Meagan was a doll, friendly and personable. Service was great and she checked on us numerous times although we were the only patrons seated outside. Kudos to Parallel for not only providing great food and service, but accommodating our request to dine outside. Next time I am ordering the burger....or anything else that is served with those delicious duck fat fries!