Bittersweet Farm Tavern, Westport, MA

20130216_172925On a snowy winter night, there’s little more welcoming than a basement tavern with a roaring fireplace, dark wood decor, an attentive bartender, the soft murmur of quiet conversations, and excellent food.

Bittersweet Farm Tavern comes close to all that.  On our first visit recently, we enjoyed a very good meal.  The soft murmur was somewhat marred by the hubbub of a large party preparing for an event upstairs, and by a howling baby.  The bartender may ordinarily have been attentive, but was distracted by computer problems.

But we would have to be pretty cranky to let those details spoil our evening.  The food was well prepared using fresh-tasting ingredients, and the varied menu enabled each of us to choose our go-to favorites, the dishes we’re always happy to be able to order and about which we consider ourselves to be near-expert. We had a very enjoyable dinner for $100, including tip, with thanks to the Big Dog’s sister Kelly and her family for the Christmas gift certificate that got us out there in the first place.

The Big Dog started with an order of a half dozen oysters.  The bartender gave him a choice of Cuttyhunks and Sakonnets and the Dog opted for three of each, to compare.  They were easy to tell apart: the Sakonnets were smaller, sweeter, and maintained their delicate mollusk shape, definitely recommended if you ever get the chance.

Next up: two house salads, a medley of fresh mixed greens and other vegetables, with an excellent balsamic dressing.

The Big Dog ordered fish and chips, shown above, and said it was an excellent rendition, with perfect chunky cole slaw in a clever romaine bowl, and really good fish.  Very fresh and very delicious, with a light batter.  Those big flat fries are rarely any good, and the Dog would likely order something else next time to avoid them.

Gina’s choice was bernaise sauce. It happened to come with a bacon-wrapped filet, but the sauce was just as good on the accompanying broccoli, baked potato, and fork.

The menu at Bittersweet Farm is really quite impressive, with such a range of dishes that it’s difficult to choose.  All the more reason to return.

Bittersweet Farm
438 Main Road, Westport MA
www.bittersweetfarm.com

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