There was a time and place growing up when the Town of Vienna was small – REALLY SMALL. It was the type of town you see in movies – slightly run-down but full of history. Everyone in the town knew each other and would gather together for block parties, festivals and parades. Over the last five years, it’s seen a beautiful transformation, particularly the main strip – Church Street. Church St. went from a tired strip of shops, vacant lots and train tracks to what looks like a small charming ski town. It still holds the centuries-old bank building, Freeman House, clock shop and toy store but it also boasts some great new additions like Bazins on Church.
The owners Julie and Patrick Bazin were property shopping for a place to put their restaurant when they were driving through the Town of Vienna and saw a vacant plot of land on Church St. From that moment on, they just knew it was the right space. Thus, almost five years ago Bazin’s on Church became a reality, as well as a great success.
I walked up the brick walkway to a warm, inviting door that matched the charm and warmth of the city. Once inside, it looked like a cozy ski lodge, dressed in warm woods, brick walls, warm fabrics and warm aromas. It’s the type of place where during the day, women lunch and in the evening, couples come with or without their families to dine or singles get together to meet at the bar. It’s a one-of-a-kind place in Vienna – something that was desperately needed.
The menu matched the atmosphere – almost all of it warm, fall-like comfort food with things like Chicken Pot Pie, butternut squash ravioli, and sweet potato and coconut soup. Since my mom was with me, we ended up sharing an appetizer – Profiteroles with goat cheese (I just ate the filling) with pickled seasonal vegetables. I ordered an entree of a lemon-marinated grilled chicken breast salad and for dessert, pumpkin chocolate cheesecake (again, I ate the filling, which is all that mattered 🙂
I’d highly recommend that people make a day of this town and include Bazin’s on Church as a stop in their itinerary. They are open every day except for Mondays and serve lunch Tuesday – Friday from 11:30am – 2pm and dinner 5pm-10pm. Saturdays is dinner only from 5pm – 10pm. On Sundays, they serve brunch from 11:00am – 2pm and dinner 5pm – 9pm.