Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson
Photography by Phil Heppding
Marie’s Bistro, located in Blue Mountain, can sneak up on you. But once you discover this treasure, you won’t soon forget it. Owner Hanie Nasri and his wife Marie work tirelessly to create a dining experience that is sure to accommodate everyone. With a refreshingly diverse menu, exceptional customer service, and many other surprises, Marie’s Bistro has a great deal to offer both visitors and locals.
The menu at Marie’s boasts tons of variety and is definitively unique. One of their most popular offerings is sushi. It is fresh and authentic and includes specialty rolls like the Dragon Roll made with soft shell crab, avocado and unagi and the Christmas Roll with shrimp tempura, tuna and avocado. All rolls are crafted with precision and care, and here’s a good tip: custom sushi trays are always available for events and parties.
The juicy burgers at Marie’s have themselves become local legends and are a generous full 8 ounces of Angus beef. Their Angus steaks are cut in house by hand, and from salad dressings to desserts lovingly baked daily, Marie’s is an example of quality food that is affordable and accessible.
In keeping with their spirit of introducing unusual cuisine, Marie’s is showcasing a new menu item of gravlax – a Scandinavian dish of raw salmon that has been cured in salt, sugar, organic vodka and dill for four days. Gravlax is served as an appetizer and is similar to lox. It is a rare treat for this area and sure to be a fast favorite.
Hanie and Marie are keenly aware more and more guests these days have dietary restrictions. They gladly offer many vegetarian options as well as gluten free items. If you have a specific food allergy they will help create a meal you can safely enjoy. It is their priority to make diners feel comfortable and at ease.
Families will also be pleased to hear of their generous Kid’s Menu policy. For $7 including a drink, anything on the menu is available in a child’s portion: steak, pasta, pizza, shrimp; you name it. Hanie explained the goal is for parents to relax and know their child is guaranteed to find something they like. Happy kids equal happy moms and dads.
In addition to dining in, Marie’s provides excellent catering options. Party trays with sushi, wraps, salads, and sweet treats can be personalized to your specific event and they even have a drive-thru for ease in pickup! It is the only drive-thru on 30A and many locals don’t even realize this incredible convenience.
So let’s sum up Marie’s Bistro: If having a larger gathering, their catering is sure to fit the bill for any event or group size. They are open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night dining until 2 am. Their menu is composed of a huge variety of freshly prepared cuisines and can easily accommodate special diets. Impressively, Hanie, Marie, and their helpful staff are taking customer service to a whole new level and we highly recommend you stop in soon to taste for yourselves.