We dropped by the 11-year-old Bidwell Street Bistro the other night for a light but tasty spread. We were reminded how good chef Wendi Mentink's dishes can be: plump Prince Edward Island mussels in caramelized pineapple-rum broth; gazpacho, made chunky with watermelon, avocado and cherry tomatoes; and a bright apple-butter lettuce salad with just the right amount of dressing (we added grilled prawns).
Afterward, word arrived via email from owner Richard Righton about Mentink's newly revised lunch menu, which changes seasonally. Amid a straightforward lineup of sandwiches, salads, quiche, soups and sides (and a few specials each week), this trio is flying out of the kitchen, he said:
Club sandwich of smoked turkey breast, roast beef, bacon, white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and Dijon aioli on sourdough ($8.95).
Ultimate BLT of roasted pork belly, baby greens, tomato and pesto aioli on sourdough ($9.95).
Grilled certified Angus skirt steak with pommes frites ($12.95).
The bistro is at 1004 E. Bidwell St., Folsom; (916) 984-7500, www.bidwellstreetbistro.com. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Righton also owns Relish Grill & Bar (think upscale burgers on a great patio) in the Montano Center, 1000 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills; (916) 933-3111, www.relishburgerbar.com.