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One of the best-kept secrets of Smithville Regional Hospital is Bistro 71. Bistro 71 welcomes visitors and guests, offering a wide range of culinary delights. Located on the south side of the hospital, Bistro 71 offers an eye-appealing and spacious environment for you to enjoy your meal.

Begin the day with handmade breakfast items such as Belgian waffles with fresh fruit, blueberry pancakes, sun-dried cranberry pecan muffins or build your own breakfast taco. The popular "Country Breakfast" features eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns, and biscuits and sausage gravy, which would fill up even the hungriest appetite.

Take a break for lunch and join Bistro 71. We offer specialty salads like Grilled Chicken Caesars, Napa Chicken Salad with apples, grapes and pecans with a fresh sage dressing and, of course, our self-service fully stocked salad bar. If you’re not in the mood for a salad, you can order one of our specialty sandwiches like the Black Angus Burger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Bistro 71 also offers cafeteria line service during lunch and dinner, serving an array of Cajun, Southern, Italian, American Southwestern, and Asian delights.

Chef John Chabot also runs several daily specials weekly. Enjoy mouth-watering meals like Angel Hair Pasta tossed with roma tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic or Cajun Grilled Catfish served over a homemade cornbread waffle topped with a crawfish tasso cream sauce.

Anyone can enjoy a meal or snack in the Bistro. Smithville Regional Hospital patients, family and friends can order meals from the Bistro to be delivered to their hospital room.

Bistro manager John Chabot is a superb chef with a talent for creating delicious food. "When I cook I don't measure. I don't follow a recipe," says Chabot. "I just use my own judgment." But the real secret of the Bistro’s success, according to Chabot, is the joy of the job. "I love what I do. I like to cook. It’s my life. I believe that’s the secret – to love what you’re doing."

Let Bistro 71 cater your next event. Chef John Chabot has over 20 years experience in preparing and catering events from as small as an intimate dinner for two up to a BBQ for 2000 people. Whether you need a party tray or an office party catered, call John at Bistro 71 and leave the planning to us.

For more information about Bistro 71 in Smithville Regional Hospital or to get on our list for weekly menus, specials and catering information, e-mail John Chabot at or call (512) 237-5738.

Cafeteria Serving Hours

Breakfast 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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