Last night, M, Mom and I went out to “Mother’s Eve” dinner at Andrew Moore’s Stone Bar Inn- a cozy place with a lot of history and a surprisingly unpretentious atmosphere. The food was expertly prepared and is easily the best meal I’ve had in a long time!
We started the evening off with flatbread smeared with smooth and creamy whipped butter, and the chef’s appetizer offering of Spring Rolls. We also had a salad course of mixed baby greens with blue cheese crumbles and a balsamic vinaigrette.
M had the Chilean Sea Bass which was coated with a wasabi panko crust. I’m not a big fan of seafood but the texture and flavor of the fish was unlike anything I’ve tasted and didn’t have the usual “fishy” qualities that I’m turned off by. I suppose the more expensive the fish, the less it tastes like fish. Go figure!
Mom ordered the jumbo lump crab cakes that were accompanied by a Creole Remoulade sauce. The crab cakes had just the right breading to crab ratio and the heat of the creole seasoning in the Remoulade didn’t over power the delicate flavor of the crab.
My plate was the object of “order envy” as my blackened Boar chop with a gorgonzola polenta crust was placed on the table in front of me. The meat was at least 3 inches thick and was cooked to perfection- as juicy as possible and tender the entire way through. The chop was an island in a sea Bordelaise sauce that covered the entire bottom of the plate. It was the perfect accompaniment to the flavor of the chop and the polenta as the sweetness of the sauce cut through the richness of the gorgonzola polenta which topped the meat.
All of the meals were served with broccolini and carrots, as well as whipped mashed potatoes in phyllo cups. M’s meal was served with a mound of rice instead of the phyllo cups of potatoes. The chef included an orange sauce with his fish that really brought out the nutty flavor of the rice. We also enjoyed some sourdough rolls that were the bread equivalent of cotton to fabric. Soft, airy, and warm!
For dessert we chose to share an order of Bambe au Chocolate, which was a light chocolate cake filled with a very rich chocolate hazelnut ganache. It was paired with a scoop of chocolate ice cream and dressed with fresh raspberries, a raspberry liquor sauce and toasted hazelnuts. I don’t think any of us said a word as we dug into the sweet treat with our spoons.
The most special thing about the evening was that it was my dad’s treat. For those who don’t know, my dad passed away almost a month ago. He had the gift card sitting in a basket for awhile and when my mom saw it and was going through her things she decided that Mother’s Day would be the perfect occasion to use it. It made the night all the more special. It would have been even more lovely if my brother could have been there also, but we’ll have to visit with him at another time.
If you’re in the Poconos and happen to be looking for a place to dine with excellent food and atmosphere, you’ll have to look up the place. They even have a chef’s table in the kitchen- I’d love to dine there at some point. There were easily 3-4 more things on the menu that we all were interested in trying. I guess we’ll just have to visit again!