Lunch Bunch goes to Bistro Patois

Spotted at the Lunch Bunch this week: Mark Hayward and Jeff Tomas; Lauren and Patrick Kelly and Alan Eisenman

by Wendy Pollitzer

March 18, 2010


The Lunch Bunch dined  French Countryside Buffet-style at Bistro Patois in the Habersham Marketplace this week.

Ooh-la-la, what a meal!  Nicholas Miranda welcomed the Lunch Bunch with sophisticated charm and a thorough description of our courses.  We sat down at the French-style bistro with a farm table in front of us full of food, ready for us to devour as soon as we were settled with drink orders.

Christina and Elizabeth ordered the San Benedetto Aranciata, an orange sparkling beverage Christina remembers when she spent three years in Italy, and Elizabeth recalls when she studied abroad. They agreed… it was their favorite non-alcoholic drink when they lived in Europe!

Whoa, what a spread! Penn TenEyck, Chef at Patois prepared a delicious and memorable feast. We chose from Truffled Chicken Liver Pate, Pork Rillette and Sopresatta. We then moved on to the Hickory-smoked Mussels with Truffle Oil and plump Golden Raisins. Also on the table was a Butter Leaf and Frisee Salade Aux Herbs. And the best-tasting item on the buffet, unanimously agreed upon by the Lunch Bunch was the Salade de Boeuf et de Betteraves (cold beef and beat salad).

All six of us praised this salad, even April, whose palette is maturing with each Lunch Bunch experience!  The beats and beef melted in our mouths with just enough flavor and texture. I am not kidding when I say I went to the table three times, just for this salad!

This idea is a great one. Patois hosts this Lunch every Tuesday from 11:30am-2:30pm. As soon as you’re seated, you may take your plate and enjoy the spread on the farm table. You may also order other selected items from the menu. It’s fast and mighty tasty!

This week, each of us chose from three Quiches: Quiche Lorrain, Quiche Aux Crevettes and the Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche. All were delicious, but I favored the Quiche Lorrain over the rest. It was incredibly creamy!

We finished with a Flourless Chocolate Mousse Tort. There were six gone in under 30 seconds! I’ve never heard silence for so long among six women. I literally almost through all my graces out the window as I contemplated licking the plate.  But I could see my mother’s manner-watching eyes scowl at me in my head. Get the picture?

Thank you to the staff at Bistro Patois for an unforgettable experience! It WAS the best- kept secret in Beaufort. Not any more!

Take a look at the website for photos of our meals at

If you’re interested in hosting the Lunch Bunch at your establishment, please email us at  We’d love to come visit!

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