I have been wanting to go to Bolete for years, honestly for years! One of their claims to fame is that they were named one of 2014’s Best Restaurants in America by the website OpenTable. Also, their chef/owner, Lee Chizmar, is a 2015 James Beard semi-finalist. Every time I had a special occasion I would try to make a reservation but would not be able to get in (to be fair, I’m not one of those people who like to eat dinner late so anything later than 7 is a no-go for me).
Anyway, I belong to a very small business group (SMART Group) and we meet monthly to discuss our business, real estate issues, the market and any other topics that need to be reviewed. Each January we have a special meeting to determine if we met our previous year’s goals and to state our goals for the current year. This year Lyn, Chris & I decided to do something special, and have our meeting at Bolete, because we are all successful and we figured we deserved to treat ourselves. 🙂
So, on January 15th I finally got to have dinner at Bolete and I have to say that it was one of the best meals I have ever had! Let me start by admiring the exterior of this stand-alone building that just exudes character. Upon entering, I was greeted promptly and led to a generous sized table in the far corner where my 2 other dinner partners were already waiting. The service was impeccable throughout the entire meal.
I started with the “Chips & Dip” (chips, herbs, parmesan, truffle aioli) and although they were tasty, they were more like fancy potato chips and not fries as I had expected. I have to admit that I am a French fry lover…but that is a whole other post! For my main course, I had the Cast Iron Seared Day Boat Sea Scallops with hand rolled gnocchi, Maryland crab, cauliflower, oyster mushrooms, brussel sprouts, chive, truffled cauliflower puree, lobster butter and WOW, they were the best scallops I’ve ever had, OMG. For dessert I opted for the Banana Cream Tart (because my favorite dessert is banana cream pie so I kind of had to choose this) and don’t get me wrong, it was very good but my good friend, Lyn, had the butterscotch pudding w/candied pecans and fresh whipped cream and THAT was the dessert to have…WOW. We’re lucky that she is such a good friend and always shares with both Chris and myself.
Dinner wasn’t cheap, nothing good ever is, but a drink, appetizer, main course, dessert & coffee set me back about $100. I can’t wait to visit again, this time with my husband and I’ll make a reservation well in advance. I hear they have a lovely Sunday brunch too. #thehungryrealtor
Bolete is located at 1740 Seidersville Rd, Salisbury Township, PA http://www.boleterestaurant.com