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Not-so-new to Merced diners, but new to me, is Five Ten Bistro, which takes it's name from their address at 510 West Main Street, in lovely Bob Hart Square.  California bistro at it's finest, with a elegant touch that caters to the cuisine of Merced diners.  Read on...

Photo:  Five Ten Bistro is located in Bob Hart Square, at the "heart," no pun intended, of revitalized downtown Merced.  If offers shaded, outdoor dining, in a park-like setting, but on this blistering-hot mid-June afternoon, we opted to dine indoors and enjoy the air conditioned dining room.  Note the attractive fountain, which we were tempted to jump into, but we restrained ourselves and didn't... as we retreated to the cool and comfortable dining room.

Photo:  Our friendly server, Corrina, takes our orders.  Photo shows the spacious, Mediterranean-influenced dining room, and the mostly-open kitchen to the left of the photo.  Five Ten Bistro offers a wide selection of craft beers, to compliment your meal.

Photo:  Lunch arrives with a smile!

Photo:  Corrina smiles, as she places my niece, Lauren's vegetarian lunch on the table.  Lauren holds a plate that Corrina brought to us, free of charge, to feed Lauren's year-old daughter, Rachael, - my great-niece- a complementary lunch of watermelon.  Love it!!!

Photo:  Members of our family, enjoying lunch at Five Ten Bistro.  From left to right:  Lauren Stokes, Greg Wilson, Owen Wilson, partially hidden by his dad, Aiko Wilson, Sharlene Rench, Eric Rench, and Bonnie Wilson.  Thanks to our charming and friendly server, Corrina, for snapping the photo.

Photo:  I love burgers, and avocado makes an already delicious burger even better, so I enjoyed a "Southwest Burger" for my lunch.  The menu describes a the burger as "Avocado, Pepper Jack Cheese, Chipotle Ranch, Fresh Salsa..." but I describe it as delicious, and if you're a fan of a great burger, this is one burger to enjoy.  Note the mountain of large-cut fries, perfectly deep fried, and garnished with chopped cilantro.  Folks, this is a delicious lunch!

Such a great restaurant, and such a great burger!  Not to mention attractive prices, superior service, a great selection of craft beers, and on this hot, 105-degree June afternoon... a very cool, comfortable, air conditioned dining room.  Note:  We usually prefer to dine outside, and Five Ten Bistro offers ample shady, comfortable dining on the patio but today, we couldn't resist the lure of the air conditioned dinning room.  Five Ten Bistro is a great place to enjoy wonderful food!

Five Ten Bistro
510 W. Main St.
Merced, CA 95340
209 381-0280
www.fivetenbistro.com


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