rooted in the trees, Ella's bistro
A converted warehouse on Nebraska Avenue houses an eclectic mix of retro, repurposed art and fine cuisine best described as cracker urban. . The front deck , housed under a small grove of live oaks, is anageographic, While traffic moves scant feet away on US Highway 41, there is an antediluvian hush under the canopy of trees, centuries old. Inside and out, Ellas's is full of local artists, from the sidewalk decks and walls to the menu , the bar, and of course, the chef. Art-deco booths provide focus for the eye while providing privacy. They blend with curated art, enchanting larger parties seated in open dining downstairs. The balcony , offices or storage in another life, hums with lively conversation.
Our server was knowlegeable, friendly, polite, prompt, non invasive. He sold us on the specials, although the menu was tempting. Homemade bread and butter started our meal, a crusty, full bodied mouth pleasing beginning. .The hummus artichoke appetizer , served with pita and veggies, was fresh, light and, as promised, emphasis on the garlic. We split the beet infused blue crab broccoli fettucini and wished we'd ordered two. Not because we needed more, but the taste was addictive. Our server's description of desert, a deep fried pecan pie a la mode, drizzled with caramel, made us order even though we knew better. The sangria both red and white are made with triple sec and cinammon,much better than your average sangria, It comes in pitchers which I recommend , you'll want more than one.
return visit? 5 chances out 5