Saturday, May 19, 2007

Dinner Out

We don't usually cook on Saturday nights, so tonight we decided to go to a local restaurant in Doylestown, The Freight House. We wanted to go to Earl's but couldn't get reservations at such short notice.

The Freight House is the old train station which was turned into a restaurant several years ago. It feels like a city restaurant in the middle of our little town - funky lighting, red leather seating, creative martinis, a great bar with trendy music, and $$$ paintings for sale by local artists. The food is usually good, and tonight was probably one of the better meals we've had there (it's still nowhere near Earl's though!).

We started out with a glass of Malbec at the bar while watching the Preakness. I don't follow horse racing at all, but it was still exciting to watch the minute-long race while everyone in the bar screamed and clapped, while other groaned and bitched about their bets gone bad.

I started with the puree of asparagus with porcini mushroom foam. It was very smooth, and not too creamy like most pureed soups I've had. The foam added a sweet flavor on top of the salty asparagus puree. I really want to find a recipe like this to try, and I'm still trying to figure out how they make the foam. If anyone reading this has a recipe or knows the technique, please share!

We both had different salads - Jon had the wedge salad and I had the spring greens. Jon said while his salad was good, the dressing tasted a bit like the special sauce on a Big Mac!!! This left us agreeing that Earl's wedge salad is still the best we have had. Then we both had the 8 oz filet with baby vegetables and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. My Bearnaise sauce was amazing, and the horseradish cream sauce that Jon chose was sweet with a spicy kick at the end. The steak was good, but it's still not Earl's! I think we are spoiled from eating at Earl's. Nothing has come close, not even the steak Jon had at Ruth's Chris a few weeks ago.

If anyone is in the area, we'd definitely recommend The Freight House for a good meal in a cool atmosphere. But if you are looking for a GREAT meal, try Earl's.

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