q & a with chef pete joyce

Recently, chef Pete Joyce and his wife opened Bistro on Lincoln Park in the old Sage space in Tremont. My husband and I went there for dinner in early December. We thoroughly enjoyed both the space and the food and would highly recommend visiting if you haven’t already.

1. What are the top 5 spices every home chef should have? Salt, pepper, thyme, cinnamon and chipotle

2. What is your favorite and least favorite thing to make? Favorite thing to make is duck confit; least favorite is nothing – I love to cook.

3. What is your favorite thing about Cleveland and what drives you nuts? It’s a small town with all big city things to do. People in this town think the traffic is bad, and it’s really not.

4. If you could cook for one person, real or dead, who would it be? My grandfather, Eddy.

5. You’re having a dinner party, top 5 songs on your play list? Linus & Lucy (Vince Guaraldi), The Last Waltz (The Band), Crash (Dave Matthews), Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton) and Ride Wit Me (Nelly)

6. Favorite restaurant in Cleveland? Flying Fig

7. What restaurant do you miss? None

8. What place(s) have Clevelanders yet to discover? Bistro on Lincoln Park

9. What’s your last meal on Earth? Foie Gras

10. Most unusual food you have ever tried? Lamb eye balls and brain

11. Most famous person you have cooked for? Derek Jeter

12. If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing? ski bum

13. Where do you grocery shop? I don’t, my wife does (Heinens)

14. Favorite guilty pleasure when it comes to food? Foie gras

15. If you could be any other chef for one day, who would it be? Thoma Keller

16. Favorite TV show? CSI

17. Favorite kitchen gadget? Japanese Mandolin

18. What is the best plate of food you have ever had? Duck Confit, Balthazar, NYC

19. Favorite meal from your childhood? Mom’s baked chicken

20. What’s on your iPod? What’s not on my iPod? These things can hold so many songs it’s not even funny. The Band, Beatles, Grateful Dead, Phish, Clapton, Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Neil Young, Rolling Stones, The Who.

21. What’s your signature dish? Sous Vide Salmon

22. Why should someone visit you for dinner? Because the Bistro is different. It offers variety, great food, great service and a warm, inviting atmosphere with reasonable prices.

23. What’s the inspiration behind your restaurant? Passion for great food.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted February 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    zzzzzzzzz…. wake me when this interview is over

  2. michelle v
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Now now. I admit, this wasn’t one of the more interesting ones I’ve done. Not all chefs fill out all the questions I submit, etc. And he probably just breezed through it given he’s concentrating on his new place. But, what he lacks in interesting and informative answers he definitely makes up for with his food. We really did enjoy our meal and will definitely be back.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Funny, I felt the same way. Yawn.


  4. Kelly and José
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    We’re definitely looking fwd to checking Lincoln Park Bistro out — especially after hearing from multiple people that the pommes frites are to die for :)

  5. Anonymous
    Posted February 8, 2009 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    No food is to die for.

  6. Karen
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been there a couple of times and I LOVE the Chicken dish — the pasta was so silky and the sauce totally yummy! I can’t wait to go for their 5 for $5 happy hour — the lamb sliders sound very interesting to me.

    ps — the pommes frites are the BOMB!