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Wed, Feb. 26

Foodie Review: Big flavor at BiGA

Broccoli Cheese Soup is made with a blend of cheeses and, of course, broccoli.  Often times with this soup the cheese overwhelms the broccoli but not in this case.  The flavors blended beautifully for a very hearty delicious soup. (Archie/For Kudos)

Broccoli Cheese Soup is made with a blend of cheeses and, of course, broccoli. Often times with this soup the cheese overwhelms the broccoli but not in this case. The flavors blended beautifully for a very hearty delicious soup. (Archie/For Kudos)

Everything about BiGA is small, EXCEPT the flavor. Located at 623 Miller Valley Road, this restaurant is BIG on flavor.

The parking lot is small, but do find a spot. Upon entering the restaurant you will find 8 tables. There is a full bar with five seats, but you can eat at the bar. The menu is small, but that isn't a problem for regulars as it changes weekly. They have a select wine list and creative drink specials. There are a few items of each on the menu, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and specials. They also have a small number of desserts. You will happily find that the prices for these delectable items are small as well.

Appetizers range in price from $2.50 for Garlic Bread to $10.50 for New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp. We chose the Broccoli Cheese Soup and the Mulligatawny Soup, both served nice and hot and bursting with flavor. The Broccoli Cheese Soup is made with a blend of cheeses and, of course, broccoli. Often times with this soup the cheese overwhelms the broccoli but not in this case. The flavors blended beautifully for a very hearty delicious soup. The Mulligatawny Soup was also excellent with apples, chicken, rice, ginger and some Indian spices that created an intense flavor. The soup was accompanied by hot fresh bread.

Salads are $3.50 for a small salad and $7.50 to $9.50 for a full meal salad and there are 5 to choose from. The sandwiches and entrees ranged in price from $6.50 for a Classic Grilled Cheese made with Havart to $16.50 for the Scallops Pernod with Broccoli which I enjoyed. The scallops were perfectly cooked in a Pernod and cream sauce, which was very flavorful. Pernod is a pastis, a liqueur with a subtle licorice or anise taste and aroma. The broccoli accompanying the dish was crisp and delicious. We also had the Chicken Parmesan with Vermicelli. A huge chicken breast with a spicy marinara sauce and parmesan cheese served over vermicelli pasta, deliciously prepared.

There were approximately 10 wines available priced reasonably at $6 or $7 per glass and $22 to $24 per bottle with nice variety. These also change regularly. Along with a full bar, there are soft drinks, coffee and tea available.

There were four desserts on the menu, each priced at $5.50. We shared the Molasses Cake with real whipped cream on top. The portion was huge and easily fed two or more people. The cake was deliciously spicy and the whipped cream made an excellent compliment to the cake, accompanied by a cup of dark rich coffee. It was the perfect way to end a meal.

The restaurant was busy, but the service was excellent from a friendly staff. It is not often that you can't find some little criticism of a restaurant and I try to be objective, but in this case there was nothing to criticize. You should definitely give BiGA a try. They are open Tuesday through Saturday serving lunch and dinner.

- Archie

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