Bistro forty two is a cool little spot in Asheboro, NC, just about a half hour south of Greensboro. It anchors one end of a mall that houses about fourteen businesses.
Approaching from the front, you’ll see a good-sized patio to the right.
Their interior dining area (to the left) has an nice feel: intimate, but not so much that you’re forced to listen to anyone else’s conversations. I believe the wall art changes now and then.
The bar (straight ahead when you walk in) is great for a more casual meal or a drink.
I haven’t met Owner-Executive Chef, Luke Armitage, but I’m guessing he’s responsible for dish creation and plating design. Now this is just my opinion, but I’m thinking Chef Luke has a creative streak that leans toward quirky. In other words, plates arrive at table looking a little different and fun, rather than designed by a food stylist.
House-made bread and generous balsamic/oil for dipping arrived after we placed our drink order. Nice that the bread was bite-sized, saving breaking or tearing larger slices or rolls apart.
Recently, a dinner companion and I shared Chef”s Best Dish NC tasting menu ($36), beginning with North Carolina Texas Pete Edamame ($3/purchased separately). The name was intriguing, the dish (Boiled Peanuts) was fun (quirky) and surprisingly good! You may notice the bowl of seasoned, slightly-soft, not mushy peanuts on the edge in pictures of subsequent courses throughout the meal. We wouldn’t let our server take them away, noshing throughout the evening.
Not on the tasting menu, but ordered by my companion, Tomato Vegetable Soup (Cup/$3, Bowl/$5). A thicker-than-most and well-seasoned broth held chunks of varied vegetables.
Next on the menu, Portuguese Little Neck Clams ($10/purchased separately) (non-quirky, just yummy) could be eaten as an appetizer or entree. A delicious combination of clams and house-made linguisa sausage, fire-roasted peppers, onions, cilantro, sweet basil, Zimmerman Vineyards white wine and tomato broth, crowned with a sphere of local goat cheese and served with grilled garlic toast.
“Sharing” this dish meant companion-%20, myself-80%. Just loved it! I wouldn’t have complained if there had been just a “titch” more goat cheese.
Chef”s Carolina Kobe Flank Steak and Shrimp Pad Thai ($18/purchased separately), presented piled/balanced in a way I’d consider a bit quirky – Kobe Flank Steak Pad Thai with Shrimp mixed with NC Ostrich Egg, edamame, cilantro, Shitake mushrooms, toasted peanut mixture, fish sauce, basil, rice noodles, tamarind, sambal, garlic, Kaffir lime leaves, green onions, palm sugar and fresh chilis topped (mixed sprouts), topped (grilled lime slice), and topped (parsley), was terrific!
Here’s a look at the dish with all but the Kobe Beef pushed aside so you can see the generous portion and doneness.
Definitely quirky and fabulous, this home-made Pecan Sticky Bun ($7/purchased separately) served with Homeland Creamery’s Coffee Ice Cream and fresh strawberries alone would be worth a trip to Bistro forty two! Oh. My. Goodness. There was just enough “sticky” as to keep it from being “sickly-sweet”.
Our dinner at Bistro forty two was sublime. Service was on point and not one dish disappointed.
- Many folks outside of the area travel to Asheboro to visit the North Carolina Zoo, which is just down the road from Bistro forty two.
- Bistro forty two also caters. We spied their enclosed catering trailer parked in a far corner of the lot in front.
Bistro forty two
405-P East Dixie Drive
Asheboro, NC 27203