We recently tried Sage American Bistro for the first time. On the brink of its second anniversary, this contemporary eatery emanates two things: thoughtful assemblage and intuitive service. Plus after learning that Restaurant Widow (who’s hosting a Goodale Park Music Series concert in July) works there, I knew we were in capable culinary hands. Every table was reserved for the evening so we perched on a couple of corner barstools and surrendered to Chris the Bartender. Chris is an effortlessly charismatic guy who’s got your back but doesn’t fawn. We liked him immediately. His wine pour is deft and his food knowledge is deep.
We ordered the Grilled Rainbow Trout with sautéed Laughing Bird shrimp, French green beans, shallots, and saffron vinaigrette; and the Seared Salmon atop truffle-scented cauliflower purée with young green salad, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, crispy bacon, and herb vinaigrette. My boyfriend heralded the trout as the best fish dish he’s ever had in Columbus. “It’s full of flavor and not at all fishy,” he marveled between bites. The green beans adorning his beloved trout were cooked perfectly. I mean perfectly. My salmon was both crisp and lush, and although I normally don’t like frisée, the “spazzy lettuce” accompanying my entrée was brilliantly tossed in truffle oil. When you combine earnest passion with honest Midwestern hospitality, you just can’t lose. Happy Two Years to Sage, and we plan to see you again soon.