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...An Orange Awning "The Spotted Horse Tavern"

It is said that the color orange stimulates pleasure, optimism, and enthusiasm. All good things. But to be 100% truthful, I most often associate this quirky, bright color with Reese Witherspoon in the movie “Legally Blonde” (2001). She famously says – “Whoever said orange is the new pink was seriously disturbed.” Right on, fashiony sista’.

Still, as far as outdoor restaurant décor goes, I love orange. I can vouch for its quirky brightness indeed stimulating happiness. My friend Barbara and I ducked out to the Spotted Horse Tavern recently in historic downtown Westport, and not only did the Tavern’s orange awning and cozy white lights welcome us – but the Tavern’s food was absolutely dynamite. A great big lip smack!

This restaurant is a casual hot-spot that serves an eclectic array of dishes. It’s great fusion dining – everything from Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Tacos served with salsa and wasabi (Japan meets Mexico) and Crispy Rhode Island Calamari (served with a surprising Thai chili sauce). The Tavern’s portions are bountiful, organic, and delicious. Additionally, the staff service is quick, competent, and friendly. For starters, Barbara and I had Crispy Brussels Sprouts cooked with sesame seeds, lime, honey, and sriracha vinaigrette. This sophisticated appetizer was like a fiesta for the mouth – each flavor was “delectably detectable.” Outstanding!

For her entrée, Barbara had Pan Seared Salmon with baby sweet potatoes, sautéed bok choy, and citrus-soy vinaigrette. She raved over her dish. As for myself, I had The KFC – a Korean-style fried chicken sandwich served with cucumber, papaya-mango slaw, and kim-chi aioli (garlic and olive oil sauce). Magnificent! To top it off, this creative concoction is served on a wonderfully pillowy French brioche bun. Soft. Warm. Heavenly! This dish also comes with the house salad, but the burger was so good – I almost forgot about the greens!

Whether choosing a “packed with protein” salmon meal, or an ethnic “comfort-food” burger, the Spotted Horse Tavern delivered. Barbara and I vowed to return soon and try their Buddha Bowls – the Ahi Tuna Bowl or Crispy Chicken Dragon Bowl. Our mouths were downright watering when we saw these dishes delivered to a few bar patrons – or at least mine was! Perfect segue – the Spotted Horse Tavern doesn’t take dinner reservations. So be prepared to either dine early (to avoid the standard dinner crowd), or to join the cozy hubbub at the bar for thirty minutes (as your table frees up). Either way, you’re in for a treat once the food arrives. Go hungry, and leave satisfied. And make orange your new favorite color.

Tavern Night

The Salmon Was Astonishing!

KFC on Brioche (or just a quirky orange caption)

This post is dedicated to my good friend Barbara. Feliz Birthday, Barbara!

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