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Black Bass Hotel Report

Ellen | Aug 14, 2003 02:53 PM

I went to the BBH in Lumberville, PA, twice this month and thought I'd report.

The first time we went for a late Saturday lunch in July after kayaking and we enjoyed both our meal and the river-side dining in this funky, historic inn on the Delaware. We shared a romaine, feta and olive salad in a light vinaigrette. It was simple but nice. I had the homemade gnocchi with basil Pesto Sauce, and roasted summer tomatoes - very nice and fairly light. Not as delicate as say Cuchina Forte or Hoteria del Elio but pretty good anyway with a very nice sauce -- hey this is Bucks County not South Philly. My friend had the molasses, rum, and pepper painted salmon with banana salsa, and sweet potato pancake. The salmon was excellent in all respects, although I find that I really don't like sweet potatoes with seafood because all that dense sweetness overwhelms the fish. We shared an inexpensive bottle of CA sauvignon blanc. Total for the meal was about $70 inclusive. I FORGOT my $25 coupon, which would have made things even better. Overall lunch menu prices were quite reasonable, especially if you don't drink.

Returned last night with the coupon for a shot at dinner. Thank goodness I remembered the coupon. Dinner prices were much much higher than I expected, especially for dishes that I have seen on many a good downtown restaurant menu for much less -- this place isn't particularly fancy so I didn't expect those prices. The link to the menu is attached so you can judge for yourself, but $38 for a Cowboy Steak??

Anyway, we shared the romaine salad for two ($12). The lettuce was a little tired this time and I felt that the feta and olives were skimpy for the price. I ordered the sesame seared tuna with a wild mushroom compote and wasabi beurre blanc. It was fresh and perfectly cooked to order. I loved the wasabi sauce which was a good foil to the tuna. It was a very rich and a large portion, I took some home. My sis ordered the seared sea scallops with summer succotash and an Andouille sausage cream sauce. She loved it and I liked it too. There had to be half a pound of fresh, lightly cooked scallops along with a tasty succotash -- more leftovers. The Andouille was an interesting touch but I might have liked the dish better without it. We shared a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for $30. All told, dinner, T&T was $96 plus the $25 coupon. We were too full for dessert. Service was very good and the manager also came over to ask about our meal.

Overall, I like this place and the portions certainly are hearty. The size of the appetizers I saw made me think that I would come back and just order those next time, or else eat lunch there again rather than dinner due to the price of the entrees -- there are less expensive but as good alternatives in the area that are also BYO. Destination dining? Not necessarily. But if you are in the area, you can count on a very good meal at this place and its right on River Road between Stockton and Frenchtown so its easy to find. And those restaurant.com coupons surely help.

Link: http://www.blackbasshotel.com/index.html

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