After tasting Trey Bistro’s appetizers at a True/False Film Festival event, we had high hopes for a meal there. The atmosphere was certainly in keeping with the tasty morsels we’d sampled. A horseshoe-shape bar opens to a long, narrow dining space; tables march in a row in front of the open kitchen; and a couch beckons in the lounging area. Eclectic art on plaster-and-brick walls and wire cages over bare light bulbs enhance the hip vibe.
Trey’s mission statement describes the cuisine as “old world meets new world” food made from local ingredients. In February, the seasonal menu listed warm potato and winter squash salad, a take on Runza sandwiches, a filet, lobster risotto, scallops, and pork tenderloin (entrees priced $16 to $22). We ordered the tempeh chili ($6), which turned out to be a generous bowl of brown mush. Sadly, we can’t repeat the words the taste provoked. The good-but-not-great local greens salad ($6) was a plate of standard greens, walnuts, shaved carrots, Provel cheese and corn with peppery dressing.
Service was friendly, if spotty. We ordered a bottle of Pellegrino and received a glass of it for the two people at the table. Trey Bistro had only been open for six months when we stopped in; we’ll give it another try to see if they’ve worked out the kinks. We hope it lives up to the promise of those appetizers. No matter what, we won’t be ordering that tempeh chili again.