The Cellar Bistro’s B- effort.

The Cellar Bistro’s B- effort.

So, I found myself with a day entirely on my own.  As someone who is fairly meticulous about word counts, loads of laundry, and future planning of all varieties, a day without any real schedule is a luxury.  After accomplishing my goal of driving from Indianapolis to Chicago, I first opted for a trip to Target (!), then a haircut and color (!!) and finally, decided to treat myself to lunch.  After a quick walk around adorable downtown Wheaton, IL (on a Monday, unfortunately, when not everything was open), I decided to give The Cellar Bistro a shot.

At the recommendation of the waitress, I opted for the Honeydew martini (made with the fresh juice of the melon – yum).

Cellar Bistro
Succulent not included.

For a starter, who was I to pass up a bacon wrapped date?  For an order of six ($14USD), the bacon wrapped dates were topped with bleu cheese and contained chopped almonds (which gave the perfect amount of crunch).  The plate was dressed with a small salad and topped with a bit of balsamic.  For the price point, I feel like maybe a serving of 6 would be better, but I cannot fault the appetizer on taste.

Cellar Bistro
Excuse me, can I double the order please?

For my main, I ordered the chili lime lobster salad, which from its description looked like it would be exactly what I was looking for.  Unfortunately, the salad fell quite flat of where I wanted it to be.  With a lack of acid I was expecting in the lime and no chili to speak of, I’m not sure why this salad has the title it does.  A better name might be something like ‘southwestern’ given the bit of guacamole, tomato and inexplicable tortilla chips (honestly, when I order a salad, I certainly don’t expect a ton of chips on top).  This plate was a big miss for me.

Cellar Bistro
If you aren’t impressed, you can imagine my excitement level.

While the location is cute enough, and the drinks menu looks great, the completely off course salad didn’t give me a lot of confidence.  Additionally, walking out the door for $50USD felt a bit expensive for a mid-Monday lunch.  The service and timing were all on point, but I can’t say I would recommend a second visit.

So, diners of Wheaton, where did I go wrong?  Would it be worth another trip to the Cellar Bistro?
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