Sunday mornings are a time of brunch. It’s a sacred meal now, and even with COVID still out there, brunch calls to me. We’re no longer going out as frequently as we were in June due to the skyrocketing number of cases in our region, but sometimes, we brave the world outside in the safest way possible to have a taste of normal. At Greenwich Bistro in Bellevue, we found a lovely taste of normal in a place where we can be safe.
Many Green Bay locations have responded to the pandemic by opening patio dining to lure in diners with concerns similar to those of my husband and I. Some of those patios have been haphazardly put together in their parking lots, and some have been lovingly crafted as permanent additions. This is not the case where we had our Sunday brunch this morning.
Greenwich Bistro has their outdoor dining right alongside an outdoor garden that kept me thoughtfully watching the bugs among the flowers for most of our meal. Only one other couple sat outside at the same time as us, and there was plenty of space between us as we enjoyed our morning.The waitstaff wore masks both inside and outside. It felt like they cared about the safety of their patrons as much as the safety of the workers. I felt safe being there, and I felt good supporting a local business that took these precautions to support their staff.
We started our meal with mimosas, which are 2 for 5 dollars on Sunday mornings. The cool beverage and the soft breeze of the morning made for a pleasant combination during the short wait for our meals. We ordered their flavored coffee of the day, Highland Grog (something like a buttered rum), for our actual meals. I wanted more than anything a plate of biscuits and gravy, and when it arrived, I realized that I had underestimated the plate.
The homemade biscuits were buried beneath a thick, luscious white sausage gravy, and those biscuits refused to give themselves up to the weight and saturation of the gravy on top of them. It didn’t matter how long I took to eat. The biscuits created by the chef in the back held up. I never took a soggy, unappetizing bite of biscuit for so long as I drew out our Sunday brunch. Also, before you ask, I am the degenerate who likes a hard fried egg. I'm sorry. I just can't get over the texture of a runny yoke.
They pride themselves on cooking with all organic products, the only exception to which is their dairy. Organic dairy IS much more expensive, and so they use what they can have access to in order to keep the costs down. The love and care for the products is obvious in everything, including my husband’s wild breakfast sandwich built inside of waffles. I should have asked for a bite, but I couldn’t think of anything else other than my biscuits and gravy.
Greenwich Bistro is hidden away along Bellevue Street in the High Point strip mall, and while you may drive right past it a time or two, it’s well worth the visit if you are looking to find some comfort in a hard world right now. Their weekday hours are 7 am to 1 pm until further notice, with their weekend hours changing to 8 am to 2 pm to accommodate brunch diners like myself. While I don’t often have the time during the week to stop in before work, I know that I’ll have this place in the front of my mind for breakfast on the weekends, whether it is to stop in and eat on the deck or take it home.
You can follow them on facebook @greenwichbistro to see their specials or any kind of updates. The chef arrives at 4 am to start baking all of their goods, biscuits, muffins, and breads included, and you can taste the love she puts into them. Next time, I may have to take some biscuits home to get me through another Monday morning.