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BiGA offers classy, comfortable dining and creative options

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Patrons at the BiGA. reataurant on Miller Valley Road enjoy their lunches Tuesday afternoon in Prescott.   
BELOW: Owners Ann Woodruff and Kristin Cree display two of their dishes, the Chopped Salad with Chicken and their BiGA Burger Tuesday afternoon.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> Patrons at the BiGA. reataurant on Miller Valley Road enjoy their lunches Tuesday afternoon in Prescott. BELOW: Owners Ann Woodruff and Kristin Cree display two of their dishes, the Chopped Salad with Chicken and their BiGA Burger Tuesday afternoon.

BiGA, one of the Prescott area's newest restaurants, has already found a following among diners in the quad-city area.

The small, cozy locale, found at 623 Miller Valley Road, opened in July. A number of patrons already frequent the restaurant on a regular basis, however.

Owner/operators Kristin Cree and Annie Woodruff bring more than 30 years of experience to the new business. The interior of the locally owned restaurant, designed by Anastasis Studios, offers a contemporary urban feel with comfortable seats and relaxing colors.

Woodruff, a classically trained chef, attended culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. All the bread at BiGA (bee-gah), as well as most of their menu items, are made fresh onsite. And their menu changes daily.

While Woodruff works in the kitchen, Cree runs "the front of the house" and serves a number of creative cocktails, such as the jalapeno-pineapple margarita, from their full bar offerings, which also includes wines and beer.

"Annie cooks everything and I do the rest," Cree said. "The menu changes every day. Not the whole thing, but some things change."

"We keep things fresh, so we can have seasonal items. We try to have at least three entrée items and they change every week. Desserts change often. Everything's homemade. We call it creative comfort food, very similar to what your mother might have made," Woodruff said.

Biga is an Italian bread-making term that refers to a pre-ferment process that adds texture and "complexity" to the dough.

Parking for the busy locale can be found behind the restaurant. For more information, visit them on Facebook, using the keyword "biga's," or call 928-227-2543.

The menu

BiGA's homemade bread serves as one of the centerpieces for the restaurant. Their salt caramel bread pudding is made with it, as are BiGA's sandwiches and more. Woodruff also prepares homemade salad dressings, soup stock, and more. Burgers and salads are among BiGA's customer favorites, Cree said. Those favorites include the Asian Turkey Burger and the BiGA burger, made with cheddar, bacon and grilled onions. Other menu options include the Hot Hoagie, with salami, capicola, ham and provolone cheese, the BLT, and newer items that will appear on the menu on a regular basis. Sandwiches are served with a choice of side, which includes coleslaw, green chile macaroni and cheese, potato nicoise salad or cucumber tomato salad.

Entrees include Beef Stroganoff, made with egg noodles, Pan-Blackened Yellowfin Tuna, with rice pilaf and mustard greens, and Chicken Tikka Masala, with cous cous and green beans.

Desserts include their salt caramel bread pudding, lemon cream pie, double chocolate cheesecake and more. Salads include the Citrus Salad, made with arugula, iceberg, parsley, red onions, dried corn, avocado, cucumbers, mineolas, and creamy orange vinaigrette; the Chopped Salad, with bacon, red onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, and chipotle bleu cheese; and the Fall Salad, with baby kale, apples, red bell peppers, toasted pecans, roasted butternut squash and maple mustard dressing.

While menu items change daily, starter dishes can also be ordered, including homemade garlic bread, homemade garlic tomato soup, corn chowder, a mini-pizza with garlic, mushrooms, peppers and onions; and the Meze Plate, with hummus, olive tapenade and flatbread.