Review continues with Market Street Bistro, Roane Street Grill

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By Bethel Poston


This is the second and final of my “Out to Lunch” reviews on our 2013 adventures. It is not in a rating, but places that made a strong impression for my wife, Carol, and me as we look back on 2013.

Market Street Bistro is next door to Food City in Kingston’s Ladd Landing. Opened last April by Roy Vomfel, The Bistro’s menu consists of European-style deep-dish pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches.

We asked our niece Linda Norman, and her gentleman soulmate, Kim Sitzler, to join us.

Linda chose a chicken-salad sandwich with mixed greens on a croissant. She opted for a fruit side dish of cantaloupe, pineapple and grapes.

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 chose the Reuben sandwich, with ample corn beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on marble rye bread.

Her side dish was a pasta salad of spiral noodles, black olives and tomato slices.

I had the ciabatta sandwich, described as “oven-roasted turkey, fresh baby spinach, slivered artichokes and Swiss cheese and served on a ciabatta bun.” 

The soup du jour was beef, mushrooms and barley. Carol and I had a sample, and it was delicious.

The Paris Apartment moved from Sweetwater last July to Knoxville’s Shops at Western Plaza. 

Joining us were Carol’s sister, Jean Miller, our son, Buddy, and his wife, Faye.

We were surprised when owner Debbie Owen, outfitted in a Victorian dress with a bustle, greeted us with, “Welcome aboard the Titanic for a formal afternoon high tea.” 

The first course was a fresh spinach salad topped with glazed walnuts, strawberries, thin slices of miniature pears, and Italian Gorgonzola cheese drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. It was served with a freshly baked orange-and-cranberry scone.

A tiered tray of small finger-food sandwiches and delicacies in the center of each table was our second course. We had petite sandwiches of crab with smoked salmon; pencil roll, thinly sliced roast beef with horseradish sauce; herbed cucumber; harlequin ribbon; and boiled egg salad with watercress.

Buddy added a grilled panini of honey-roasted ham and Swiss cheese on whole-wheat bread.

The third course was a Pavlova dessert of a beautiful baked meringue with a crisp crust and a soft inside, covered with sweetened whipped cream and garnished with fresh kiwi, blueberries and strawberries.

Dean’s Restaurant & Bakery opened last June at Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. Dean Russell and wife, Lynn Randolph, co-own the business. They previously owned the Flatwater Grill and Bleu Hound Grille in Oak Ridge. 

Our friends, Glenn and Anne Horner, joined us on this adventure.

Glenn chose the Hughie T’s country-fried steak with brown gravy and cole slaw.

Anne went for the catfish, coated with cornmeal breading and dill tarter sauce, then fried to a golden brown. She had a side of collard greens.

I made a good choice with the beef pot roast (No. 1 favorite entrée), cooked so tender I didn’t need a knife to eat it. Collard greens and pinto beans were my sides.

Carol selected the Niclose salad of romaine and iceberg lettuce with new potato slices, cherry tomatoes, blanched green beans, boiled eggs, cucumber and Kalamata olives.

The dessert menu tempted me to order a serving of Italian cream cake with four forks. It was a delicious treat and consumed by the four of us.

Roane Street Grill in Harriman is across from Jerry Duncan Ford, and was previously Harriman Steak & Diner and Donna’s Diner.

Owner Rodney Harback (also owner of Eddie’s Body Shop) is also the “taste tester.” 

Harriman’s Ed and Mariann D’Alessandro joined us. 

Carol looked forward to chicken and dumplings. It came with two sides, but she wanted only turnip greens.

Ed went for the baby-back rib (smoked outside) basket with fries and coleslaw.

Mariann ordered a cheeseburger and fries. Rodney told us the 5-ounce black Angus ground beef is hand patted and served on a ciabatta bun.

I chose the pulled pork sandwich basket. The pork, injected with apple cider vinegar before smoking, is served on a ciabatta bun and comes with fries and cole slaw.

Rodney had the chicken tender basket with fries and cole slaw. He took a trip to a well-stocked salad bar.

“We slice the chicken tenders and batter-dip them on site,” he added.

Lead cook Larry Johnson brings to the Grill his previous food preparation experience from the Oak Ridge Country Club and Buddy’s BBQ Catering Division.

Decatur Family Diner is across from the Meigs County Courthouse in Decatur.

Longtime friends and recent newlyweds Jess Plemons and Barbara Carmack joined us.

Barbara decided on the flounder with fries and ordered a side garden salad that looked large enough for a meal. All salad dressing are made on-site. 

“The flounder sounds good to me, but I want baked beans and coleslaw as my sides,” Jess said. 

Carol’s first item was corn nuggets, then she added meatloaf and coleslaw. 

I devoured my country-fried steak without gravy, and added mashed potatoes, corn nuggets, coleslaw and fresh-baked corn muffins.

I know Carol likes pecan pie, so I ordered a slice for us to share. 

Jess said he didn’t want dessert, but Barbara ordered a slice of pumpkin pie. 

The next thing I knew, Jess had eaten half of it.

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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.