Bluestone, off the York Road corridor, has impressed us a lot with their wonderful “fine dining” food, service and atmosphere. What came as a surprise is that they offer some light fare, affordable options that come with the same great quality, service and atmosphere! We hedged our bet and arrived early for dinner around 5:30 pm avoiding the need for a weeknight reservation.
We started by sharing “Risotto Puppies” ($5). A mix of flash-fried arborio rice, mushrooms and chives drizzled with a balsamic reduction and grated Parmesan cheese, these proved delicious exceeding our expectations (and proving a bargain at $2.50 a person!)
For our main course, the “Tavern Fare” section of the regular menu offered five options priced below $15. John went with a Tenderloin Salad ($14) while Tom opted for a burger ($10). John’s salad was impressive with four big hunks of steak (cooked medium rare as he requested) topping a mix of fresh field greens, nuggets of blue cheese, sauteed onions and cherry tomatoes with a balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was not only delicious but satisfying.
Tom’s burger proved another winner. He decided to splurge and paid an $1 for melted swiss cheese and a strip of bacon. The half pound burger came with choice of sides and Tom decided to balance his big burger with brocollini instead of fries.
We were tempted beyond our ability to resist by Bluestone’s “made here” desserts (all $7) and split a serving of “Apple Upside Down Cake”. It proved delicious.
In addition to our “Thumbs Up!” dining picks, we had a friendly attentive server who provided us with the top notch service that we expect at Bluestone as well as enjoying the upscale atmosphere. For about $20 a piece including tip, we had a great three course dinner that we really enjoyed.
Facts: Bluestone: Timonium; 11 w. Aylesbury Road; 410-561-1100; http://www.bluestoneonline.net/ ; Full bar; abundant free adjacent parking; vegetarian options; visited 12/1/2013