I L-O-V-E eating out with my whole family. Why? Because we can order every item on the menu!
This is basically what happened tonight at our dinner at the new BarCar in Fleetwood (Mount Vernon) N.Y. It is apparently owned by the same people as Pizza Pizza which is right next door. And they even share a kitchen!
Overall, this place was awesome! Really casual but still pretty chic. Overall, really good, unique dishes, and very good service!
(Note: Please excuse my obnoxiously "flash"-y pictures... the place was really dark!)
First of all, I really liked that they served soft, fluffy, cheesy breadsticks in a paper cone:
We literally ordered each one of the appetizers on the menu, plus the house salad:
BarCar House Salad- Green & Red Oak Salad, Baby Beets, Fried Shallots, Mint Leaves & Shallot Emulsion
Short Rib- Tender-Braised Short Rib, Pineapple & Sage Sauce, Smoked Black Beans
Grilled Asparagus & Portobello Mushroom- Wild Mushroom Cream & Fresh Chives
Shrimp & Crabmeat Cannoli- Shrimp and Crabmeat Ceviche, Parmesan Cannoli Shell, & Goat Cheese Chevre
Curried Chicken Quesadilla- Pineapple Pico De Gallo, Cilantro Creme Fraiche
House Cured Salmon Napolean- Marinated Tomatoes, Sliced Avocado, Romano Cracker
Buffalo Chicken Spring Roll- Poached Chicken, Julienne Carrots, Celery, Crispy Fried Noodles & Gorgonzola
PHEW! End of appetizers... We enjoyed everything but if we had to narrow our selection next time, I would HAVE to get the Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls (tangy, super crunchy, nice touch of gorgonzola inside!), Curried Chicken Quesadilla (lots of flavors, the cilantro creme fraiche was the perfect accompaniment), and the Short Rib (super tender, perfect flavor as in NOT TOO SALTY! and the black beans and pineapple were the perfect flavors to go with the meat).
Now, onto entrées!
Grilled Tender Pork Loin- Zucchini Flower Sautée, Whipped Potato, Crisp Salsify & Shallot Jus
Roasted Half Chicken- Stuffed with Fontina Cheese, Whipped Potato, Haricot Verts, Lemon Rosemary Vin Blanc
Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops- Tabbule Salad, Endive & Reduced Herb Balsamic
Open-Faced Black Angus Burger- Poached Egg, Mushroom Sauté, Marinated Red Onions, Garlic & Sage Relish, Herbed House Fries
Pan Fried Sea Bass (Tonight's Special)- Bed of Yuca, Grilled Tomatoes
Garganelli Meat Ragu Trio- Slowly Cooked Lamb, Veal & Beef with Porcini Mushrooms
Risotto of the Day- Sausage and Broccoli Raab
In short, BarCar is definitely, without a doubt, a MEAT restaurant. They do meat really well. Unfortunately, they are weak on the seafood... the scallops were pretty bland, the sea bass was, again, good but bland, and the appetizer of the smoked salmon was boring and uninspired. HOWEVER... the highlight entrées of the night were the Grilled Pork Loin (so, so, so tender.... and the sauce was incredible!) and the Garganelli Meat Ragu Trio (this meat sauce was so flavorful and it had like whole chunks of tomato!)
Now, finally... my favorite part:
Olive Oil Cake- Fig Ice Cream, Fresh Figs, Greek Yogurt Cream
Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Cookie
Sugar Crusted Sponge Cake- Whipped Cream with Peach Chunks, Vanilla Ice Cream (In the shape of a peach, F.Y.I!)
Dessert was good but not OUTSTANDING. My favorite would probably be the Fig Ice Cream and Olive Oil Cake or the Peach Cream (I didn't care for the spongecake... cute presentation though!)
I would definitely go back because I just really liked the atmosphere, the waiters, the food, and the location (FLEETWOOD!? Random but convenient!). It has a general foundation in American food but they definitely throw a lot of twists in their with the use of fruit and spices.
Try it for yourself...
P.S.- They serve lunch and they deliver!
706 Locust Street
Fleetwood, NY 10552