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Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Bistro St. Tropez

Hey, that rhymes!

Anyways… my friend Melanie, her Dad, and I checked out Bistro St. Tropez for Thanksgiving dinner. It was $35/per person (plus drinks, tax, and gratuity) and I felt that it was worth it! I am disgustingly full as I type this. I will jot down the menu below and add commentary on the items I tried.

Boston Salad
Bibb lettuce, gorgonzola, roasted beets, pears, walnut pralines and walnut vinagrette

This was a nice start! The beets were a perfect touch. My only (minor) complaint was the salad was a tad over-dressed.

Charcuterie & Cheese Station
There were various cheeses and thinly sliced prosciutto displayed on a 3-teired cheese stand and a board platter. I definitely noticed bleu (possibly Stilton or Roquefort), brie, and goat’s cheeses. I sampled the chevre on a crispy cracker. It didn’t taste like a cheap chevre either.

Corn Chowder
with lobster, shrimp and cockle clams
I skipped this due to all the seafood in it, but Melanie’s father said it was delicious.

Braised Pork Short Ribs
with Yukon gold potato purée and creamy Swiss chard
The ribs were super tender and not dry. It hinted of something spicy, perhaps in a rub? Very good. Not sure where the purée was as I only had mashed potatoes which were dry and lumpy. Probably the only thing absolutely not good on the menu, to be honest. I didn’t try the chard and I’m sorry I didn’t. I love Swiss chard!

Free-range Roasted Turkey
with giblet gravy
Not much to say about the turkey. It was turkey. I had a small piece, but it was certainly good and moist.

Cornbread Stuffing
with sausage, toasted almonds and apples
The stuffing I had really was not this; the stuff I had was more like Stovetop™ stuffing. I could not taste any sausage at all. It was good, but I would have preferred hunks of cornbread. Alas. It was still edible. Just my second not-favorite item on the menu.

Roasted Butternut Squash
with carrots, peppers, and zucchini
What can I say? I’m a sucker for roasted vegetables. I do believe they were lightly herbed, too. Probably with herbs de provence.

House-made Cranberry Relish
I failed to put some of this on my plate. Totally regretting not trying it. It looked really good.

Baked Virginia Ham
I never thought I’d say this, but I love baked ham. And this was simply scrumptious – nice and moist!

Grilled Alaskan King Crab Legs
with garlic parsley herb butter
I stayed away from the crab legs – due to the garlic herb butter. (I have a slight garlic allergy – not deadly, but enough to make me uncomfortable)

Bourbon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I hadn’t seen the menu before we ate and I immediately knew that bourbon was involved in this dish. It was pretty obvious without it being overwhelming. Simply divine!

French Green Beans
with Truffle Wild Mushrooms
These green beans were expertly made. They had been blanched then sautéed with the wild mushrooms. Delicious!

Fresh Baked Rolls and Biscuits
with Pesto and Butter
I enjoyed a roll. It was a hard roll. I would have preferred some sort of French bread or brioche, but eh… it was good enough.

Dessert Station
Pumpkin Profiteroles, Lemon Tart, Apple Tart and Chocolate Mousse Cake
I enjoyed the pumpkin profiterole and apple tart. There was also a spiced whipped cream on the side that I put on both. A beautiful end to a supremely filling meal!

All in all, I think it was a great Thanksgiving meal! Definitely worth the $35. All the yumminess without the hassle of cooking and better yet – no cleanup!

I’d go back for a holiday buffet for sure. I also want to go back for a dinner some time.  Maybe I’ll start doing Philly Grub dinner meetups again. 🙂

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