A bistro or bistrot is a small restaurant, serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting. Bistros are defined mostly by the foods they serve.
The origin of the word “bistro” are swathed in etymological mystery and urban legend. Whether it originated from the Russian occupation, of Paris in 1815, when hungry Russian soldiers, it is said would yell “Bystra!” or “Hurry!” to their French hosts, and this Russian term was tough adopted for the small entries where one could obtain a quick meal and a drink.
Whatever its origins are, the bistro is a philosophy and a way of life.