OUT to LUNCH: Chef Roy’s sure to please at his Market Street Bistro

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By Bethel Poston

I previously wrote about the site of today’s “Out To Lunch” adventure in March 2009, when it was called Market Street Fountain.
Last April, Roy Vomfell opened the restaurant as Market Street Bistro.
Located next door to Food City in Kingston’s Ladd Landing, the Bistro menu consists of European-style deep-dish pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches.
Its website, www.marketstreetbistro.com, includes a menu and plate presentations of many Bistro favorites.

It also revealed background information on Chef Roy: “Roy’s family emigrated from Germany over 60 years ago and settled into a neighborhood filled with staunch German and Italian families.
“His father, a butcher by trade, taught Roy the sausage-making and meat-cutting trades in his own shop when Roy was a youngster.
“As Roy grew up, with so many Italian neighbors around him, he began to learn the art of making pastas and other traditional Italian recipes which had been passed down through the generations. So then it began his desire to become a chef.
“At the age of 18, Roy left his hometown of Detroit to study at the renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
“After graduating, he spent several years in New York City working at some of the most prestigious restaurants.
“He was a successful Garde Manager at the famous Waldorf Astoria, creating some of the most sought after gourmet dishes.
“He also served as sous chef at the very well-known and historic Tavern on the Green in Central Park.”
My wife, Carol, and I invited our niece Linda Norman, and her gentleman soulmate, Kim Sitzler, to join us for our lunch outing.
They have been included in my previous “Out To Lunch” articles, so they knew they were encouraged to order different items for writing purposes.
Linda chose a new item not yet on the menu:  a chicken-salad sandwich served with mixed greens on a croissant. She opted for a fruit side dish of cantaloupe, pineapple and grapes.

All items are prepared daily with fresh ingredients by Chef Roy himself; and all sandwiches and wraps come with a choice of side dishes.
Kim went for the French-dip sandwich of thinly sliced top round roast beef on a French baguette with au jus dipping sauce.
His side dish was a bean salad of light and dark green beans, kidney and wax beans flavored with sweet apple vinegar.
Carol also chose another non-menu item, the Reuben sandwich, which is prepared with ample corn beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on marble rye bread with Thousand Island dressing.
Her side dish selection was a pasta salad of spiral noodles, black olives and tomato slices.
The ciabatta sandwich on the menu caught my eye. It is described as “oven-roasted turkey, fresh baby spinach, slivered artichokes and Swiss cheese and served on a ciabatta bun.”
I chose potato chips as my side.
Although I was the only one at our table not to leave a clean plate, I definitely would order the ciabatta again.
Our server, Cassie Walker, kept our iced tea glasses filled to the top.
She also recommended we visit on Thursday evening for baby back ribs and on Friday for prime rib.
Chef Roy says European-style deep-dish pizza are customer favorites.
I got an up-close look of a Grecian pizza when I visited with Jim and Tracie Graham Cooley, who were seated at one of the four tables outside on the porch-patio.
They were sharing a Grecian pizza.
Described as, “chicken, roma tomatoes, olives, red onions and feta cheese, drizzled with a balsamic glaze.”

All pizzas are served with a Caesar salad.
Jim is in charge of maintenance and construction for Rockwood Electric Utility.
Tracie runs Sophie’s Choice Mixes and Treats, www.sophieschoicemix.com, in Rockwood.
This was one of their several trips to the Bistro.
Kingston resident Whitney Deakings is Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance program coordinator for Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge.
“I always order the Paisano pizza,” she said.
It’s “baked with robust tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage, mushroom and Mozzarella cheese.”
Her lunch partner, Emily Belitz, also works with the TECTA program and lives in Kingston.
She was having her regular cheese pizza.
The menu has several pizza choices, and the doughs and breads are freshly baked in house every day.
Other deep-dish pizzas on the menu have names such as Venician Forrester, Vegitaliana, Florentine and spicy meatball.

 The Bistro also offers a wide variety of appetizers and desserts, as well as more than 15 varieties of domestic and imported bottled beer. Customers are also welcome to bring their own wine.
I was telling Jim Cooley that our son Bryan, as a student at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, shared a house with his brother, Pat, and some others from Rockwood.
I looked up, and Pat Cooley, along with John McFarland and Sam Layne said hello as they went inside.
Pat and John have law offices overlooking Ladd Landing and are regulars at the Bistro.
Sam lives in Kingston and is a sales engineer.
All three had the soup du jour of beef, mushrooms and barley.
Carol and I were served a sample, and it was delicious.
Corn chowder, potato, cream of asparagus and other soups vary daily.
Both Pat and John ordered the chicken hummus wrap of roasted red pepper hummus, grilled chicken, roma tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese wrapped in a garlic herb tortilla.
Sam had a wrap of oven roasted turkey, mixed greens, smoked Gouda cheese with cranberry yogurt mayo and served in a wheat tortilla.
The Bistro is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The main dining room can seat 70 guest, with a soon-to-be-completed private banquet room that can seat 40 guests.
Call 248-8733 for reservations or off-site catering.
Charles and Polly May of Kingston were enjoying their first visit to the Bistro.
He is a retired machinist from the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, and she is a retired nurse.
As I approached their table, Charles was served an Americana sandwich of grilled pork, smokey barbecue sauce, cole slaw and chili peppers, topped with smoked Gouda cheese and served on a French baquette. Mixed fruit was his side choice.
Polly had the turkey wrap and the soup du jour.
The salads with names of Rustica, Tuscan, Milano and Caesar sound interesting.
From the three pasta dishes on the menu, I look forward to trying the Romano, “made with Penne noodles tossed in scratch made Marinara sauce with sausage and house-made meatballs.”
Oops. I enjoyed my Ciabatta so much I forgot about dessert. Maybe next time Carol and I can split our order and save room for dessert.
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Bethel Poston is a Roane County businessman and entrepreneur who writes about places of interest in our area. E-mail suggestions and comments to postonplace@bellsouth.net.