I have been meaning to begin posting restaurants for a long time now (like, at least a year). Blue Sage this past Friday gave me the extra push to spend the time! As important as it is to eat real, it’s also important to enjoy food!! I do both daily, every time I eat, and believe you can dine away from home healthfully whether you’re in your home town or traveling for business or leisure.
I’ve lived in Bucks County for almost four years now, and have always known that Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille existed. I am embarrassed to say that the outside appearance of the place in Southampton (envision small space in dated looking strip mall on a busy road) kept me from trying it out. After hearing good things via social and other media, Tim and I decided it was time to give it a try! Since I refer to my diet as 90% vegetarian, I don’t know how I thought I could go wrong with a BYOB that’s stayed opened for thirteen years on an all vegetarian menu. So, when we arrived we saw it was actually really cute inside, and by the fact that every table was full and there was a line of people waiting for food to go, we knew we were going to have a good meal. We sat and looked at the menu and had no idea what to order. This was not because nothing sounded good but because literally every menu item sounded good and everything we saw going by to other tables looked amazing. We started with an appetizer (even though our appetites wanted to start with three) and decided on the “Tartare”. Here is the menu description:
Of avocado, red lentils, roasted corn, fresh basil, ginger; coco malanga dipping chips”
We were pumped about the dish but the chips didn’t look like anything special. We were wrong. Coco malanga where have you been all my life?! Coco malanga, we came to find out is basically taro root. If you’re still confused, it looks similar to a sweet potato (see picture here) but has a more earthy taste in my opinion. At Blue Sage they slice the root very thin and fry them right there – clearly it was a flash fry because these chips were super thin and crispy with absolutely no excess oiliness. The tartare itself tasted super fresh with clear flavor of the roasted corn. The basil and ginger added more complexity and since I am not an official food critic, cannot do it justice with a description on a blog.
Entree’s took a while to choose. I could tell the waitress was getting annoyed with my indecisiveness. I finally decided on the dairy free “Poblano” and Tim chose the “Havana Quesa”.
“Poblano Roasted bell pepper filled with grilled eggplant caponata, roasted tomato-pumpkin seed pesto over brown ‘butter’ spaghetti squash and roasted corn gravy”
This meal was just ridiculous. And while I absolutely loved the eggplant and bell pepper with the crispy pumpkin seeds on top, the spaghetti squash in the roasted corn gravy was my favorite part. Ate every bit of it. (Second picture is just the pepper sliced open to see that awesome eggplant)
Grilled whole wheat tortilla with moterey jack, adobo black beans, mango and cilantro. Served with avocado roasted corn salsa, and baby greend in chili lime vinaigrette”
He was pleasantly surprised that it also came with guacamole.
While I didn’t have a bite of the quesadilla due to the cheese, I can comment on the fact that Tim stopped speaking for awhile as soon as it was delivered. And it also says something about that chili lime vinaigrette, that he finished every bit of the salad before taking a single bite of the quesadilla. I tried the salad and guac. Both amazing.
Now dessert. Did we need to order dessert? Nope. Did we sort of have to? Obviously… There were two vegan options and we settled on the “Hazelnut Toffee Basket”
Another OMG. They lied about the mousse because I think its actually fudge. Thank God this wasn’t a huge portion, because even with us splitting it, the richness was significant enough for us to split with another person too. Despite this, it was good enough that I could have eaten the entire thing myself. So if you go there, do yourself a favor and never ever order a dessert for yourself – always share!
Needless to say, we’ll be heading back here a lot and are adding it to our Bucks County favorites list (alongside Yardley Inn and Sprig & Vine). Their website is under construction, but their current menu is listed on their Facebook page (the ones on urbanspoon and other dining sites are outdated).