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Jun 4, 2008 09:56 AM

Blue Horse in Blue Bell

I'm confused. Philadelphia Magazine had a spot on the cover for the chef naming him the best new chef in the suburbs. Is anyone else as complete underwhelmed if not offended by the food here? I've given them three tries, and they've failed every time: Overdone and oversalted gnocchi, mushy shrimp cocktail, and smoked shrimp quesadillas that was almost all tortilla and no shrimp. And all of this for pretty upscale prices. Am I missing something?

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  1. Yes, they make very stiff drinks. Their food tastes a lot better after a few cocktails. Look around at the crowd, and it is usually crowded, they are drinkers, not diners.

    1. We went once when it first opened. No plans to return.

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      1. re: crazyspice

        I guess my confusion is, how can Philly Magazine call him the best new chef in the suburbs if the food's so obviously bad? Has anyone there even tasted it?

        1. re: Jdbc

          Maybe the writer of the piece is friends with the chef? Often these types of articles are very political.

        2. re: crazyspice

          The chef is new, he just started there within the last 8-12 months. He was at Meritage before that. So whoever was there when it first opened is long gone.

          1. re: Buckethead

            Have you been? The parking lot never seems full.

            1. re: crazyspice

              I was there several months ago, I remember them touting 'new chef' Brown at the time. The place was pretty empty then too, though I remember the bar side of the place being more crowded. I liked most of the things I tasted (the pate especially), but I remember thinking that the prices were a bit high. I see on their website that they're now doing a $20 3-course early-bird prix-fixe, for $20 I'd give it another try if I lived in the area.

              1. re: Buckethead

                I am about 10 minutes from there. I will check their website. For $20, I could be talked into giving it another try.

                1. re: crazyspice

                  Well, I'll tell you, I'm two minutes from there, and what I had was so bad I wouldn't go back again except to drink (and the drinks were over-priced too.)

                  1. re: Jdbc

                    Well then, as I have just arrived home from great eats in The Keys, I am striking them PERMANENTLY from any possible Thank you for your post!