There is life here however. Fortunately for you and me the West Bottoms has become an outpost for a small but growing number of pioneering artists, entrepreneurs and restauranteurs. My favorite among them is the Genessee Royale Bistro.
Located just a few blocks from Kemper Arena, Genessee Royale is owned by Todd Schulte and Tracy Zinn, who also own Happy Gillis in Columbus Park (also recommended). Located in a charmingly restored gas station the bistro seats about 20 at their tables and another eight or so could fit at the bar. It can fill up quickly, especially on Saturdays, and there's not much to do while you wait so bring your patience... because it's worth it.
Sandwiches are inventive, delicious, and generously sized. On our most recent visit my wife and I shared a cup of chicken soup (perfect on a cold winter day) and a Prime Royale - a beautifully constructed French dip sandwich with rare roast beef, horseradish/shallot marmalade, and a dipping jus made with Boulevard Dark Truth stout. So good. Pies and cookies are baked fresh daily. The bar is inviting and fully stocked.
Need more than just a great lunch (or breakfast) to get you down to the West Bottoms? I understand (actually I don't, but sorta). Tie it into a trip to the West Bottoms First Weekends Antique Shops event. The first weekend of every month from Friday through Sunday 20+ antique and vintage stores open to the public. There are literally warehouses full of merchandise. The antique shops are clustered around the base of the 12th Street Viaduct. Genessee Royale is also in the Bottoms but a short drive away.
Go. Eat. Shop. Report back.
Photos from my recent lunch at Genessee Royale Bistro:
|Prime Royale - rare roast beef, horseradish/shallot |
marmalade, dipping jus made with Boulevard Dark Truth stout
|Chicken Soup with vegetables, herbs, and|
thickly cut egg noodles
|Iced Tea. Really|
|Chocolate Chip Cookies|