Blackboard Bistro Opens In Carmel

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Blackboard Bistro, a cute farm-to-table restaurant, opened recently where Stoneleigh Creek and Bungalow used to be in Carmel.

It’s got a salsa-and-cream color scheme, wide plank wood floors, white tablecloths and just 49 seats in the dining room.
Naturally, there are blackboard specials, which are seasonal, local and farm-to-table.
Chef-owner Gary Mongero calls the meu “extreme tapas,” meaning small portions of which you can have several courses.

The menu changes constantly, but a couple of recent examples from August included Painted Hills Farm Filet Mignonw with a Cilantro Black Garlic Compound Butter, Grilled Organic Vegetables and frites; and a grass fed pork loin French chop with a Black Mission fig and roasted shallot demi-glace, served with maple sweet potato mash. Most everything on the menu is organic or local.

There’s a well-chose wine list and a dozen or so craft beers, too.

The 411 is coming. Until then: 166 Stoneleigh Ave., Carmel. 845-276-8100. blackboardbistrony.com
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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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