Food Porn: Bacchus Wine Bar

Long ago I always wondered how Bacchus fit into the Chippewa scene; it never seemed like the place was packed and I just assumed only bars that catered to 18-25 year old’s would prosper in that area.  Years before Soho Burger Bar was getting attention for changing their format from niteclub to gourmet burger restaurant, Bacchus was offering fine dining to the downtown crowds.  It wasn’t until this year when I noticed that Executive Chef Brien Mietus was now a Nickle City Chef, did Alli and myself realize we needed to try this place out.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Semi Fine Dining, Wine Bar
  • Location:Downtown
  • Cuisine:Fine Dining
  • Prices:Appetizers Under $10, Small Plates $10-18, Large Plates $20-35

Alli and I both decided to order a couple small plates so we could enjoy our dinner without breaking the bank. The decision was made even easier after hearing their specials for the evening which offered a handful of alternate small plate options.  Now Alli and I are not wine drinkers, not even amateurs, but a lot of the appeal to dining at Bacchus is their apparent wonderful wine selection.  As we entered the restaurant on a Friday evening, we noticed a very large crowd at the bar and almost all of them were drinking wine.  I wish we could confirm that their selection is wonderful but we really have no idea; Alli tried a pink wine and I ordered a bottle of Great Lakes Christmas Ale (by far my favorite winter beer).  The bar itself is large enough to hold a crowd of 30+, so if you are looking for an upscale happy hour this is a great choice.  However, they don’t have a lot of items on their menu that are made to just snack on while hanging at the bar.  I’d suggest 31 Club if you are looking for high end happy hour with good bar/snack food.

We started our meal with a special appetizer, their Colorado Pork Chili (pictured in gallery) and Alli tried their BLT Salad (above).  The Colorado Pork Chili was beanless (to Alli’s liking) and had a dollop of sour cream right in the middle.  They definitely didn’t skimp on the pulled pork, each bite was loaded.  The green chili base had a strong heat but without being over powering.  The BLT Salad was pretty standard to other wedge salads we’ve had before but what was unique with Bacchus’s salad were the tomatoes.  They were soaked in red wine vinegar which gave them a great flavor.

I ordered both of the small plate specials that evening, the Smoked Salmon Pizzette (pictured top of page) and the Duck Risotto with Butternut Squash (above).  The Smoked Salmon Pizzette was fantastic, basically a recreation of a New York City style Lox Bagel except on a thin pizza crust.  It had a base of dill cream cheese and was topped with capers, pickled red onions, salmon, and a bit of dill sauce.  It was delicious.  The salmon had a fresh, rich, salty flavor and the dill cream cheese was thick enough to provide a creamy texture to each bite but not overwhelming.  I’ve been dying for a NYC Lox Bagel lately and this dish satisfied all of those cravings.  The Duck Risotto was equally impressive, another dish that was loaded with meat and large pieces of butternut squash.  The rich duck meat combined with the sweeter butternut squash was a great combination.  And pine nuts provided a crunch that gave each bite another level of texture.  Alli ordered a small plate for herself, the Bistro Steak (pictured in gallery) that came with house cut garlic/parmesan french fries for only $18.  The steak was cooked perfectly medium rare and the fresh cut fries were presented in a creative little potato chip basket.

Alli and I unfortunately can’t eat at higher-end restaurants that often, so when we are about to drop $80+ on a dinner we really hope that it’s worth it.   Everything about our experience at Bacchus justified the price tag and by ordering a couple small plates we were able to try a little bit of everything while walking away full and not completely broke.  Our service was fantastic, the food came out in a timely fashion and the location itself (newly remodeled) is great for an intimidate dinner with a date or a nicer meal with a group of friends.  When looking at their menu online, add a couple dollars to each menu item as the prices have increased since they last updated their website.  We have eaten very well this year and our dinner at Bacchus was another great meal to add to our list.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Bacchus Wine Bar

  1. this makes me much more inclined to check that place out. I’d been there once, for wine, ages and ages ago, and have always been sort of intimidated by it as a place i don’t really know. i’ll definitely have to take it for a spin sometime soon.

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