We stumbled on The Mango Bistro quite by accident and it was a lucky find. On Dearborn Street in Englewood, it is at the gateway to the little downtown area.

When we found it, we had been in search of a farmer’s market which apparently ended in May. The reviews we saw in TripAdvisor enticed us to go in – and it was a good choice.

The eclectic interior of the Mango Bistro is part of the fun.

Our first stop was for lunch. We found this place has a wonderful assortment of crepes, burritos, salads & bowls, paninis and melts. Honestly, it was difficult to choose. I finally settled on a Portabelo Melt with tomato, mozzarella and basil pesto, while my wife had the Italiano grilled cheese with tomato and rosemary.

The quality makes one want to return and try other dishes – and we did. A chalkboard menu on the wall promised “Live Music Fri & Sat.” Sadly, we had missed the Shark Sisters who had performed the week before. However, a duo called FeverTree was to perform the next evening.

A Return Visit

We came back for dinner Friday night and sat in the front porch area. It was a beautiful night – warm temperatures, a nice breeze and no bugs. We started with a Mediterranean Platter appetizer.

The appetizer was so generous it would have been enough for two.

Seriously, there was olive tappenade, humus, maranated roasted red peppers and feta spread with oregano – all served with a selection of breads.

They had a “Tuscan Grilled Burrito” on special that night with eggplant, tomato, goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes. Who could say no?

Live Entertainment

Possibly the best part was dining to the music of Taylor Opie and Emily Ross – aka FeverTree. They played a selection of familiar oldies as well as a number of original pieces.

Their sweet harmonies made the dinner that much better.

This is a great place to eat and a look at their menu will tell you why. They also have a Facebook page to enable patrons to keep up with what’s going on.

The menu, specials and Mango Bistro official coaster.

We can recommend this place and will be back to try other menu items. As good as they are, we understand there are some changes in the offing and we cannot wait to see what comes next.

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