The Stand Gastro Bistro is a perfect restaurant with great service, food and atmosphere. It is located at 34977 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham Michigan.
Our server’s name was Ahmad, he was fantastic. Overall the staff were great; polite, prompt and aware. First up the, drinks! I ordered the Shady Lanes Cabernet Franc and Tom the M. Lawrence “Sex” to support local Michigan brands and for other obvious reasons. Any chance Tom can say “giggitty” he will. He grins and giggles like a child before he says it, and its the child-like joy he gets out of every single opportunity makes it impossible to smile back at him. We enjoyed both.
Next up, lots of tapas. We love to share and hardly ever order separate meals. The food was excellent, I enjoyed everything. I listed our favorite small plates first:
Trio of Soup; Two Onion Pheasant, Maine Lobster, and Spaghetti and Butternut Squash Soup
I love that I could sample more than one soup. I hate deciding when they all sound good. I do not eat meat so I sat out on the Two Onion Pheasant, but Tom would highly recommend it. The lobster could not have been cooked better in the Lobster soup, with hearty solid traditional flavors. Lastly, he Spaghetti and Butternut Squash Soup is a play on sweet and savory, with bright flavors that create a surprise in this traditional dense soup.
Spaghetti and Butternut Ravioli: I have a weakness for pasta, especially homemade. You will have to try this dish yourself, I do not want to give to much away. Lets just say, from now on I will be pairing pasta and granola in more dishes.
Lobster Fried Egg: Yummy in my tummy…That will be all!
Mussels: Traditional flavor and delightfully executed.
It’s a tradition for Tom and I to have a date night before Easter Vigil Mass, and he surprised me by making a reservation in the dining room for a sunset view on Woodward. Our bill was about $75, worth every penny and reasonable for our experience. One of my favorite restaurants, explore French inspired cuisine in a glorified American approach and enjoy a nice view with impeccable service. Let us know what you think about your experience you won’t regret it!