Spotted Horse

26-28 Church Lane

Westport, CT

**** out of *****

$$$ out of $$$$

The Spotted Horse is right around the corner from the center of Westport. The bright orange awnings are the only aspect preventing one from mistaking it for a house. The interior resembles a barn with wood, playing a major role in its décor. It has a cozy atmosphere and the staff is warm and inviting to match. It is definitely a great weekday spot because it is casual enough to go straight from class. Check it out, you will be pleased. Here are my selections:

Recommended Small Plates:

Crispy Point Judith Calamari with three dipping sauces: chili-lime aioli, sweet thai chili sauce and marinara. The variety of sauces sets this appetizer apart from all the other times you have had calamari. The chili-lime aioli is refreshing and easily my favorite of the three.

Pan-Seared Filet Tips, with roasted corn salsa and chipotle aioli. Tips are not the traditional appetizer, but these are light enough to enjoy before a meal. The salsa compliments the tender meat and makes it a much more flavorful dish.

Pistachio Goat Cheese Pizzetta- Grilled flatbread topped with pistachios, goat cheese, mushrooms, red onion and honey truffle oil. The sharp cheese pairs perfectly with the pistachios. Overall, a great appetizer to split and the truffle honey is the perfect addition to the toppings.

Recommended Main Courses:

Black Truffle Burger- With caramelized onion, black truffle butter, sunny side up egg, bel paese cheese, lettuce and tomato, this is one of the best burgers I have had in Fairfield county. The meat is from the craft butchery and therefore is grade A. The egg and the truffle butter make it rich and unique. This is a must try.

Steak Frites- With a red wine-shallot reduction and parmesan fries, this classic dish is exactly what you would expect and satisfies every time. The sweet reduction is perfect with the thin sliced flank steak.

Dessert:

Chocolate Lava Cake- Light chocolate cake with a very rich liquid chocolate center and vanilla ice cream. Recommended especially for the chocolate lover.

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