Lancaster City Restaurant Week Recap: Belvedere Inn April 8, 2016April 8, 2016 By Guest Blogger What a great way to start the new year. Lancaster City Restaurant Week held their biggest event yet in early March and it was a delicious and fun experience! I encouraged everyone to get working on their food eatinerary because so many restaurants were participating. I chose restaurants I have yet to post on my instagram account, but I could not help myself and also saved a spot for Lancaster’s classic restaurant, The Belvedere Inn. They offered a 2 for $40 option where you share an appetizer, choose two entrees, and share a dessert. WHAT A DEAL! Let’s start with the most beautiful item of the evening, the Steamed Mussels. It was steamed with shallots, white wine, garlic, and tomatoes. A great amount of broth was provided which I was absolutely thrilled about because it was so light and refreshing. I literally took a spoonful of broth, placed a piece of mussel on the spoon, and just drank and ate at the same time. That broth is by far the most amazing flavor for steamed mussels I have ever had. It also made a great dip for the dinner rolls. Since I chose a classic Lancaster City restaurant, I of course had to get the classic Grilled Caesar Salad with chicken. The grilled romaine was done perfectly so if you are not a fan of wilted lettuce (like myself), no need to worry. They definitely know what they are doing and it was grilled perfectly. The majority of the romaine was crunchy and the leafy ends had a nice grilled flavor to it. The house-made Caesar dressing needs to be sold in a bottle. It was creamy, rich, and the fresh garlic completed it. As you can see in the photo, they are very generous with dressing and parmesan. It truly is the ultimate Caesar Salad. Mixed with the croutons and grilled balsamic marinated chicken, this dish was a satisfying salad entree. My husband had the Miso Glazed Cod. Cod is one of those fishes that I often prefer fried because it is so easy to overcook, dry out, and difficult to flavor correctly, but once again, they definitely won my heart with this one too. The cod was cooked perfectly and the flavors came together so well with the fish. This was my first time actually enjoying Cod not fried. The braised cabbage and Asian vegetables stir-fry with the yuzu buerre blanc were a great combination of flavors. If you like Asian inspired dishes, this is it! We chose the S’mores Chocolate Mousse as our dessert and luckily they were able to split it in two for us! I’m glad because I don’t know if I could have been able to evenly share this if it came in one dish. The milk chocolate mousse was not too sweet, the graham cracker crumbs gave this dish a light crunch, the shaved dark chocolate gave it a slight rich flavor and the marshmallow meringue gave it a nice airy finish. Scooping up each layer of this dessert made it fun to eat. It was definitely a great ending to our evening. I cannot wait until the next LCRW. I encourage you to study the menu packages, make those food eatineraries (and dinner reservations), and have fun, enjoy! By Kim Thuy, guest blogger Kim is a Christian, wife, stay at home mom of two toddlers, student, and Lancaster Food Blogger who love cooking and supporting small business. Follow her on Instagram at @lnc_eats.