Restaurant Review – The Blue Heron

I’m sure you’re wondering where I’ve been, the truth is I haven’t been cooking much in the last week so I actually ran out of new things to write about! Last week was our 5 year wedding anniversary and we ended up celebrating by going out to dinner several days in a row; that is the best celebration for us, good food.

Thursday was the actual day and I was planning the evening’s activities. We were married in a park located in York, PA, where I grew up, and we hadn’t been back to that spot since we were married. I thought it only fitting that we go back and reminisce. Of course we drove through an insane thunderstorm on the way there and I was afraid we would have to forego the park but things calmed down and we were still able to get out of the car. The place looked just the same and it was great to see it again.

Next on the agenda was dinner. When Eric and I were dating, we loved a French restaurant in York. The owner was from France and a really fun guy not to mention the food was outstanding. A few years ago he sold that restaurant and we were very sad, but to our delight he opened a new place that is much smaller but still has the same great food. I thought it would be the perfect place to go.

When you pull up to The Blue Heron you don’t even realize what a great restaurant is on the inside. I’m not sure what the building used to be but Eric said it looked more like a real estate office and I think it looks like a drug store. Inside the dining room is only one room and very intimate seating only 34 people at a time.

David, the owner and head chef, seated us and served us and there was one waiter for the whole place. There is no bar but you can BYOB so we brought along a bottle of rosé. The best thing about BYOB is that you save money on the dinner bill; I can’t complain about that!

There was an incredible list of specials including frog legs which Eric ordered and I chose to start with the steamed mussels, a specialty of the restaurant. I didn’t snap a photo of Eric’s frog legs in time, but he said they were delicious. Here’s a shot of the mussels:

The broth at the bottom of the bowl was garlicky and creamy and I dipped about 4 slices if bread into it because it tasted so good.

Out came our main entrées Eric had the duck in a cherry brandy sauce:

I had the pork tenderloin:

Following the meals we spent about 10 minutes in silence except for the occasional yum, mmm and mmhmm noises. The meat was cooked perfectly and the sauces were the perfect representation of French food.

I purposely didn’t finish my meal because I knew dessert would be good and after bringing out a dessert tray to tempt us, I choose a chocolate royale; a cripsy wafer topped with chocolate mouse and encased in a ribbon of dark chocolate ganache  and topped with whipped cream and raspberries. I forgot about taking a photo until half way through dessert so here’s a photo of half of it.

Delicious doesn’t even do it justice. Needless to say, I finished all of my dessert, quickly.

I’d highly recommend The Blue Heron to anyone, we had a wonderful evening and can’t wait to go back and try new things from the menu.

Happy Anniversary to us! Here’s to 50 more years! (Boy do I need a better scanner…)

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