Look What’s Cooking! by Peggy Dover for the Jacksonville Review


Excerpted from Peggy’s article on page 5 of the March 2020 issue of the Jacksonville Review:

C ST Bistro Owner/Chef Paul Becking
C ST Bistro Owner/Chef Paul Becking

…Celebrating ten years of restaurant ownership is Chef Paul Becking, owner of C Street Bistro. I asked if he could believe how fast the time had gone. “Not that fast,” he joked. “It’s a lot of hard work. But I finally got to make some changes I wanted to do in the kitchen. I got a new sign out on the main street. Since I’ve been here, I put in the front patio, the deck and now I’m just working on the back of the house.”

I asked about plans for the next ten years. “I’d like to eventually replace the chairs, flooring, update the bathroom. Just fix up the look of things. Working project by project as I’m able.”

If you’ve driven by C Street during high tourist season, you’re familiar with the crowd they attract. Reservations are highly recommended. Paul’s customers keep returning because he and his crew prepare high-quality home cooking with locally-sourced, healthful ingredients. While we talked, I noticed a new sign advertising hemp CBD dog biscuits. “They actually taste pretty good,” he laughed. Chef Paul is hoping to incorporate CBD into his food offerings this year.

C Street Bistro is open for lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm and dinner Thursdays through Saturdays, from 5:30-8:00pm. Paul also provides affordable dinners for Wine and Dine Wednesdays at South Stage Cellars. He enjoys hosting private parties at his cozy location and is open to booking more intimate gatherings. The café seats up to eighteen people inside where Chef Paul is happy to custom cater to individual needs and requests at reasonable rates. Pizza parties and burger buffets are another option. The good news for us is Chef Paul isn’t planning on going anywhere. “I love this town!”

Be sure and welcome spring with a visit to [this] Jacksonville treasure.

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