Lancaster City Restaurant Week is a bi-annual celebration of the rich culinary diversity available in the City of Lancaster. This season Visit Lancaster City’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Wyatt Behringer, decided to take advantage of the special values offered during the week to dine around the City, visit some favorite spots and discover some new ones too!
Third Stop: Bistro Barberet & Bakery! Chef Cedric Barberet is one of the culinary leaders in the restaurant community in the City of Lancaster and is responsible for creating much of the buzz about the local dining scene. So, a visit to the restaurant that he owns with wife Estelle Barberet was a must on my Lancaster City Restaurant Week list. Joining me for a leisurely lunch was our Lancaster Office of Promotion intern Kate Spang and we were really looking forward to this #LCRW2019 adventure together.
When entering the building, we were greeted by friendly faces as we passed through the bakery. Once we reached the restaurant space, it felt as though the atmosphere transformed into a French bistro. The light European, café-style music transported us. The west wall was dedicated to the bar and its array of spirit selections glowed in lights. The rest of the dining area gave off an intimate but spacious vibe.
I started with the Soup du Jour, a pepper tomato bisque that was served with slices of Chef’s famous fresh French baguette. Could not have asked for a better way to begin the meal on this frigid March day than with a hot crock of creamy, thick savory bisque.
To accompany my soup I selected a Croque Monsieur – Toasted white bread, gruyère, béchamel, ham, side of mixed greens or pommes frites. This open-faced ham sandwich was smothered with cheese, topped with a sunny side up egg ($1.50 extra) and plated with a generous side of the best French fries I ever tasted.
Kate also needed some of that delicious soup to warm up after our walk from the Visitor Center. She then ordered the Barberet Burger – Ground Domestic Beef, Tomato, Grain Mustard, Gruyère, Frisée, Cornichon. It was also served with a heaping potion of pommes frites.
After such a hearty lunch we knew we needed a light dessert and Chef Cedric’s Vanilla Crème Brulée was truly a perfect choice. You may see this dish on many menus but Chef prepares it with the care and attention that this quintessential French classic deserves. It is silky and creamy and the burnt sugar topping gives just the right satisfying crack when you break it with your spoon. A dream of a dessert as only can be found at Bistro Barberet & Bakery.
Make sure to follow Wyatt with Visit Lancaster City Dines Around during this season at Lancaster City Restaurant Week and learn all about other upcoming City events with Visit Lancaster City. Make your plans to explore the City of Lancaster’s restaurants and cafes this week. Remember to SHAREyour experience on Instagram or Facebook and #hashtag with #LCRW2019 for a chance to #WIN prizes valued from $10 to $100!!