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September 27, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 4

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Foreign cuisine comes to SU

Are there days when the cafeteria menu just doesn't seem appealing or when you don't feel
like eating fast food from Benny's? How about when the lines
at Ele's are far too long?
For days like these, there is a new dining option just down the road.
The Europa Bistro & Café, located at 29 N. Market St., opened about five weeks ago, according to co-owner Steve Wagner. The bistro offers various dishes from different countries such as Italy, Greece, France, Turkey and Germany.
Wagner said that the inspiration for the bistro's theme came from co-owner Sam Ghabbour,
who is familiar with European and Mediterranean cuisine.
"We just thought the town could use a taste of something different," Wagner said.
Everything about the bistro -- including the food, the service and the atmosphere, leaves a good impression. Customers can stop by for a very interesting and satisfying meal. Europa also offers take-out and order-ins, so customers can still enjoy these foreign dishes under any conditions.
The place is somewhat hidden, however. It is located on the same side of the street as BJ's, past D J Ernst Books and down a flight of stairs at the corner. Once inside, though, the little space is warm and cozy, all done up in shades of red, orange and yellow and decorated with images of places like London and Paris.
There are comfortable couches and chairs near the windows, a counter that seats perhaps half a dozen, and about 10 tables that seat four people each.
The lunch menu, according to Wagner, offers soups, salads and sandwiches. The dinner menu also offers entrees, and the portions are slightly bigger.
The lunch portions are a perfect size, with the sandwich portions being around the size people would make for themselves.
The Turkey Artichoke Pesto Panini, which consists of smoked turkey, artichoke pesto, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on toasted Vienna bread, is delicious. The flavors and textures of this unique sandwich blend together beautifully. Customers should consider
ordering a flavorful and creamy Mango Madness smoothie for a drink to go along with the panini.
Wagner said that one of the most popular dishes on the menu so far is the Mediterranean
Grilled Cheese, a combination of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, olive oil and oregano. Also frequently ordered at dinner and on the weekends, he said, are the lamb kabobs.
Wagner also recommended his personal favorite dish -- the San Fran Panini, which includes
chicken breast, mozzarella, tomatoes and ham on Ciabatta bread.
Europa Bistro & Café is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m.
to 10 p.m., except for Tuesdays, when the bistro is closed. It is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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