We recently piled in to Comox’s Avenue Bistro for a late lunch that not only saved me from cooking a big supper, but left our palates in a very happy state.
After hearing and reading about Avenue for many years – but never getting around to eating on the ‘other side’ of the Courtenay River – we stepped through the door of Avenue ravenous. One of the big problems with the Courtenay/Comox area – and what a nice problem to have – is that there are so many great places for a meal that it is difficult to try them all.
With it being January we obviously weren’t going to eat on the spacious outdoor patio, so chose a table near the window, away from the darker interior tables and booths.
It took us a while to work our way through the tantalizing menu. I was trying to decide whether to order a couple of the tempting starters – both the polenta stack and the Togarashi crusted albacore tuna stacks caught my eye – or one of the pizzas that had set set my mouth to watering. But then I got down to the list of sandwiches and that was the end of my indecision.
I ordered the chicken cordon bleu burger – a sublime combination of crispy fried chicken breast, local camembert cheese, Tannadice ham, tomato, arugula, red onion and smoked paprika aioli. The burger came with the soup of the day, a silky and luscious coconut yam soup that left me thinking I needed to ask for the recipe.
My husband chose the West Coast Clubhouse – a combination of salmon, wild Pacific shrimp, avocado mash, tomato and greens on toasted foccacia. The sandwich arrived with an abundance of skinny fries.
Needless to say, we both had full and happy stomachs at the end of the meal. There was so much food on my side of the table that I didn’t quite finish the burger.
It was good to see on the Avenue menu that they use many locally-produced foodstuffs – a trend that seems to have really taken hold in the Comox Valley. The ramped-up flavour and freshness of everything from meat to cheeses to greens shines through when meals land on the table.
Avenue describes itself as an upscale casual eatery, and I would say that’s a pretty accurate definition for this place. The menus are varied and offer lots of interesting and flavourful dining options, and the physical space, while perhaps a little on the dark side, is comfortable and welcoming.
Avenue Bistro is located at 2064 Comox Avenue, Comox. Further information on Avenue Bistro can be found at the website:
Price rating: $$
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat.: 49.675972 Long. -124.938160
N 49 40.558 W 124 56.290