Lock It Up

Saturday night my husband and I and another couple visited The Bedford for dinner and drinks. Hidden on busy Division Street, a large wooden door leads to the downstairs restaurant, which occupies what was once a 1920s bank. The space has been beautiful transformed into a swanky hangout, while retaining the charm of the original crown molding, art deco floors and Bedford marble. The original two-ton vault door leads to a lounge where one can sip on a Cucumber Cooler cocktail while surrounded by the antique safety deposit boxes. While atmosphere is very important, I’m not always so captivated by a restaurant’s aesthetics, but The Bedford, they have something special. Luckily for us, the appeal did not end at the vault door. The food was tasty, unique and inventive without trying too hard.

The Vault – photo courtesy of Metromix

The couple we were dining with is always up for order and sharing everything, so in standard fashion, this meal was no exception. We ordered in stages and made our way through each section of the menu, beginning with “to snack on” and ending with “on bread”. To start we had deviled eggs, fava bean crostini and oysters. “From the soil” we enjoyed tri color beets, fried green tomatoes with creamy giardinera and the potato gnocchi with roasted mushrooms, spring pea, baby carrots, mushroom broth, ricotta salata, pea tendril pesto. The fried green tomato were awesome and the gnocchi was simple and fresh with so many veggies. To conclude we shared wild salmon tartare, hanger steak with sweet corn puree, oven dried tomatoes, cucumber, feta and cilantro (a new take on the Greek salad) the Bedford burger and macaroni gratin in a creamy gruyere cheese sauce. The hanger steak was cooked to perfection and the burger was juicy and flavorful. My only disappointment was the macaroni gratin, which I had high hopes for, but it was just average. Not to worry, I’ll be back to bank with The Bedford again.

Fava Bean Crostini

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

 

Gnocchi

 

Hanger Steak

 

Macaroni Gratin

 

Bedford Burger

 

 

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