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Nice meal at Blue Horse Tavern in Blue Bell (long)

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Nice meal at Blue Horse Tavern in Blue Bell (long)

Jen | Nov 22, 2004 10:00 AM

Last night, my husband and I had a very nice anniversary dinner at the Blue Horse Tavern in Blue Bell (Skippack Pike). While we had to move from our original table near the kitchen (not our first choice anyway) because the floor boards shook every time a waiter passed by --the new table was just fine. It seemed odd that some tables had cloths and others didn't, but the decor of the room was quite nice- peaceful images of country scenes painted on the walls, tiffany light fixtures, etc.

Since there is a bakery/coffee shop in the back of the restaurant, we thought it odd that the rolls weren't great and arrived really cold. I would have expected more in this department.

We started with the Goat Cheese Crostada which arrived warm and was very tasty and comforting. (Somewhat soggy) puff pastry filled with a mild chevre, floating in a warm savory/buttery sauce, with a good number of sliced shitake mushrooms.

The Spinach Salad (with Maytag and Toasted Pecans)and Mixed Greens salad were very large and fresh -which is good because they're pricey. Highly recommended, although I did opt for balsamic dressing instead of ranch on the spinach salad- I'm not sure what the point is of blue cheese and ranch dressing- why not just offer good blue cheese dressing?

The crab cakes were excellent. Two decent-sized crab cakes (all crab, no filler) were crispy (pan fried) and served with a great homemade lemony mayo, spinach and diced apple/potato/fennel "hash". The hash was only all right, but the mayo was heavenly and the crab was pleasantly spicy.

The braised buffalo short ribs were meaty and extremely lean. This is a great wintery meal, but a little heavy. Highly recommended if you enjoy excellent stews/braises.

For dessert, we had the Harvest Sampler- a trio of pumpkin creme brulee (excellent at first, with the caramelized sugar, but a little like uncooked pumpkin yogurt pie further down), walnut bar (like pecan pie- very tasty), and apple caramel tart (only wish there had been more apple and more caramel - this is always my favorite dessert). We really enjoyed all three and were glad for the variety!

All in all, a lovely meal. Not perfect, but very good. We'll definitely keep it in mind for future special meals. And since they have less pricey options, maybe some more casual meals too.

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