8/22/2012

blue sage vegetarian grille

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On August 3rd, just a little over two weeks ago, we went out to celebrate cute Colin's 28th birthday! Though we have a handful of go-to vegetarian places to visit in our area, we decided to (re)try a location in Southampton, Pennsylvania: Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille.

We had visited Blue Sage once before--tucked away, across the street from a (much) bigger and brighter Mexican place (pretty positive you could see their "MARGARITAS" sign from the moon), Blue Sage is a tiny nook of a place, a one-room eatery with a pretty diverse menu.

All of their dishes are available to be prepared as vegan or not, and all portions are enormous. The appetizers look like entrées and the entrées look like two dinners on one plate. Not that I'm complaining--for the prices you pay, the huge platefuls are more than generous.

We began cute Colin's birthday dinner with the Buddha tacos: three crispy corn tacos with avocado, peanuts, cucumbers, onion sprouts and what they refer to as a "special Asian sauce." My guess is that it has a secret ingredient or two, but the result is definitely awesome. My favorite dish of the night, no doubt, this crunchy, sweet, salty, creamy combo was super satisfying in terms of flavor.


 Even though we already knew about the big portions, we also decided to share a salad before the main events arrived: thinking we'd stay light (though this salad literally looked like an entire bag of lettuce on the plate before me), we went with Blue Sage's House Salad--spring mix, pepitas (pumpkin seeds!), sunflower seeds, chile lime dressing and dried berries.


Nearly too full at this point already, our actual dinners arrived and I knew I would take one bite (or two) and be done. I went with the Whistle Stop Sammy (Ah, sammy. Is Rachael Ray planning their menu or something?): fried green tomatoes (by far the best part of this dish), red onion marmalade, roasted yellow and orange peppers, green goddess dressing, all on toasted pumpernickel bread. It came with a side salad (again, huge) of arugala, sunflower seeds, matchstick green apples, and maple mustard vinagrette. I must admit, I was a little let down by this dish. Not because the Blue Sagers did anything wrong, but just because my personal preference for sandwiches is a bigger contrast between fresh and cooked ingredients. If there was a little lettuce, maybe, or the tomatoes weren't fried--I don't know. The flavors were there, but the textures weren't my favorite. Still, that maple mustard vinagrette was perfection.



Cute Colin went for a dish called Satay: brochettes of cipollini onions and baby bliss potatoes in sticky orange balsamic glaze, peanut sauce, and sesame salt. This was served with a (again, entrée-sized) side of chilled black rice noodle salad.

Even though we were too full for it to matter, their tempting desserts couldn't sway us anyway: back ar home, I had snuck in a cake from Whole Food's bakery section, chocolate ganache with peanut butter buttercream.