If you are in the mood for a bohemian French bistro, then it is time to go to Bizou. Located on the west side of the Charlottesville mall, this narrow restaurant is a classic in the local food scene. Decorated with old movie posters, red benches, and vintage mini jukeboxes, they serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
The restaurant’s French and Southern American soul was conceived by frenchman and Britain native chef Vincent Derquene and West Virginian chef Timothy Burgess. After previously owning a fine dining place for 5 years, they decided to open something more relaxed. Bizou opened in 1996. The formula was high-caliber food and beverages in a comfortable and informal setting.
Some of the most popular picks are the assorted local charcuterie and pates, faisan ballotine casserole with cabbage, and the Shrimp Dauphine Fritters with paprika dip. The produce comes directly from the farmers that swing by the restaurant with their daily vegetables.
At Bizou, they care about pairing their food with a good wine. Rachel Gendreau, sommelier and manager, explains they are constantly looking for good wines, mostly from the old world and at a good value. She also highlights that Virginia wine makers are doing a great job and that it is: “Exciting to watch it unfold.”
Despite their many years of operation, Bizou keeps changing seasonal menus, daily specials, wines and champagnes. You can feel that they enjoy what they do and the staff is really nice. “Bisous partout!”
Hours: Sun-Thu 11-14 & 17-21. Fri-Sat 11:30-14 & 17-21
Text&Photo: Edu Bayer