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Alison at Blue Bell - wow!

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Alison at Blue Bell - wow!

Sylvia G | Dec 22, 2003 02:18 PM

We had been meaning to get to Alison Barshak's BYOB for some time, and finally did on Saturday night - with advance reservations, which are absolutely necessary.

What a treat!

I am really sorry I didn't ask for a copy of the menu, to make my report more accurate. The menu choices are creative and, we were told, change daily. It was hard to decide among the many tempting offers.

My appetizer was the roasted brussel sprout salad, accompanied with bits of bacon, shaved cheese, and wonderful seasonings. Since I'm usually a brussel-sprout-deprived person, I was in heaven - it was great. My husband had the chopped Greek salad which came with a phyllo cigar filled with a creamy feta cheese - quite wonderful. (I had a taste, of course.)

For an entree, I had the duck leg confit with a pistachio and fig couscous. (Tiny figs -mmmm!) The duck was tender and juicy, but had the crispy skin on it for contrast. The sauce and flavors were amazing; it would be difficult not to order that again. Except - my husband's crabcakes were outstanding, he said that he hadn't had crabcakes that good for a long time. Our friend adored her salmon preparation, which came with some sort of a sweet potato puree. I didn't taste it, so pardon the inaccurate description.

I'm a dessert person and I wasn't disappointed. I had the sour cream apple pie, which was excellent, but my husband's pineapple upside-down cake, covered with brown sugar, butter, or something, was a dessert out of my fantasies. I understand that sometimes it's made with mango - whatever, I wouldn't miss it.

Service was pleasant, helpful, and unobtrusive. The noise level was a nice surprise. Even though the place, which is small, was packed, four of us could hear each other talk.

The restaurant is on Skippack Pike (Route 70, I think), just a square or two west of the Bluebell Inn. It's cash or check only.

This place is a delight that ranks with our top favorites. I look forward to our next visit.

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