Mio Bistro - The baby of Beverly Bee and Leo Ledoux is a gem of a restaurant. It would be a place to go wherever it existed but especially so in North Country (So. VT and North Eastern NY) which is otherwise a food desert. It is an oasis with great comforting powers.
When craving good food and wanting to not stray too far, it is our go-to place to find good dinner and also good service and cheery atmosphere. Leo is an honest man with talent and decency. Why am I talking of honesty and decency when speaking of food? It must sound funny to some, but alas, food is not food if prepared by dishonest cheats that are out only for profiteering and with hardly a care about what they serve.
This is where Leo the great human being comes into play. At Mio Bistro you can dine assured that you will eat as much local as you possibly can and with as many real ingredients as available. Leo's is not a kitchen where processed foods and chemicals reign. His is food that a grandmother would recognize and consider delicious and comforting. Charlie's Grandma Burd has eaten a few meals at Mio Bistro and always found it most wonderful. Grandmas are hard to please. Too modern and they complain. Too fancy and they are afraid to go back, lest the kids spend too much money. But at Mio Bistro, grandma found everything just right.
I LOVE Leo's modesty and sweet smile. I love his food. I love his personality and I love most that he has Beverly at his side who ensures every customer has a good time. Our last meal there was enjoyed in the company of Sue Clary and her darling husband Bill. I ordered two orders of Leo's amazing French Fries and found that Bill like me loves potatoes. Sue and Charlie gave us the freedom to eating our fries greedily.
Leo always makes me some amazing vegetarian entree. He also always has a dish that brings the flavors of a world far away into the table in Dorset. This night it was a Thai curry I believe. The chicken wings were darn good too. Crispy under the sauce and flavored and moist under the breading. Not every kitchen pays attention to season the wings.
The devil is in the details. Details are something Leo invests time in. His food is not about culinary fireworks. It is about good taste, good quality and good sourcing and best of all, consistent delivery. Beverly and Leo offer their delicious food in a comfortable setting in a very charming town in Vermont. All of these are plusses for anyone wanting a good experience.
They price their food fairly. Perhaps on the more reasonable side of fair. That too is a testament to this couple's commitment to community and to themselves. Charlie and I wish them great success and it is our hope that locals will go out and support Mio Bistro and ensure a local couple does not lose faith in doing what is correct. If we want to be people that eat well in this part of the US, Mio Bistro is the kind of restaurant we ought to support.
We have choices to make just as Leo and Beverly have chosen to do what is correct, even if difficult and not as profitable. They are fair minded and visionary in their practices. We too can now make the choice to eat out less but eat where good things are done around food. By supporting Mio Bistro, we can show we put our money where are minds are and how we think.
Eating out does not have to be a nightly affair. Eat well and eat smart at home. Treat yourself to a good meal in a restaurant every now and again. But when you do so, use your dollars wisely and do the right thing with them and make a statement. Dining at Mio Bistro is the kind of statement that will make you very happy and comfortable. It will give you every reason to sleep well after a fun night out.
3239 Vermont 30 Dorset, VT 05251