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I went to Bistro No. 107 on a warm summer Saturday evening with a friend looking forward to a burger and a beer on their deck. The patio overlooks Mt Shasta Blvd. across the street to the Black Bear Building then over to the Eddys. It is a lovely view. The triangle shades stretch overhead. Their menu includes appetizers, signature burgers, soup and salads. They have about eight taps for beer, hard cider and kombucha. The wine list is respectably inclusive; reds, whites and sake. There are soft drinks, too.
After we were seated, I asked about the specials and was told by our server to go read the chalkboard around the corner from where we were sitting; same with the beers currently on tap. So, be sure to check out the special board before you sit down or be prepared to get up again.
My friend ordered the Wings & Fries ($13.50). Boneless chicken wings are offered in both the appetizer and entrée sections of the menu. Entrée wings come with a side of fries or a green salad. Seven wings are breaded and fried breast filets covered with a mildly spicy BBQ sauce or Buffalo sauce with blue cheese. My friend had BBQ sauce and ranch dressing that he thought was the perfect combination. The wings were crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. They come with fries that were hot and crispy, and the red and green cabbage was fresh with a mild coleslaw dressing.
I settled on the Cabernet Burger ($16) that comes with ½ lb. of beef, goat cheese, bacon, grilled onions, cabernet sauce and arugula on a brioche bun. I got a green salad as my side with balsamic vinaigrette. The sandwich was full of rich flavors and the salad was a perfect accompaniment for a warm summer evening meal. The rich, tender, soft brioche bun to filling ratio was just right.
The Bistro touts serving Imperial Natural Wagyu Beef. Wagyu is one of four breeds of cattle raised in Japan, USA and Australia that is valued for the way the fat is distributed in the meat. In past visits I noticed that they don’t ask how you prefer your burger cooked. This time I asked my server about it and he told me they cook all the meats to USDA regulations of 160° F to 165° F, well done, unless you ask for something different. That said, my burger was served medium rare.
We asked about desserts which all sounded rich and wonderful, but we declined as we were too full.
Bistro No. 107 is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday thru Monday during the summer. They are a family friendly eatery with vegetarian and gluten free bun options. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed with indoor and patio seating. They are located at 107 Chestnut Street at Mt. Shasta Blvd. Check their website www.bistro107.com or call for current hours at (530) 918-5353.