Review: Bluestone’s “Tavern Fare” Affordable Dining Options

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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

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