Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DishCrawl Boston/NorthShore

I was invited by Dishcrawl to sample 4 restaurants and to blog my experience.  The following opinions are my own.  I give my honest opinion and will not sacrifice my integrity for a plate of food. Disclaimer: I received a free media pass to this event . 

I went on a Dishcrawl with 40 people in Andover, Massachusetts  hosted by Paige who is a Dishcrawl Ambassador.  The first restaurant that we sampled was Palmers Restaurant and Tavern owned by John who is also the Chef  and his wife Patricia Ingalls.   We sampled a seafood dish with oysters on the half shell, shrimp tempura and Palmer’s signature crab cake.  I found the atmosphere at Palmers'  to be very intimate, but yet inviting. The crab cake was very moist and creamy, the shrimp tempura had a light crust and it was lightly fried.  The oyster on the half shell had a mild essence that made the oyster quite delicious.
Chef John Palmer

The 2nd restaurant that we visited was Brasserie 28 where we sampled a springtime vegetable rosotto with fiddle heads and ramps with a hint of mint by Chef Matt and Alison Morello. The rosotto had a creamy texture and the springtime vegetables were crunchy, which was a nice contrast to the rosotto.

They have great entertainment on Tuesdays by Dan Sky who sings a medley of songs from Sinatra, Ray Charles and Michael Buble. 

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The 3rd restaurant was  Sam Petro's Dylan's Bar and Grill.  We had steak tips with a special dipping sauce, pork spring roll (with pulled pork) and sweet potato fries.  The sweet potato fries were very lite and not at all greasy, the pork spring roll was really delicious and the steak tips were tender and really tasty with the special dipping sauce.  The atmosphere at Dylan's was rustic and typical of a small town grill.

Wu's Pink Tree Sweets where we had a choice of their award winning chocolate chiffon cake or a cherries jubilee crepe. I opted for the crepe, because I couldn't get near the chiffon cake to take a picture of it or even get a taste. The crepe was filled with vanilla ice cream drizzled with a nice cherry sauce with whole cherries. Pink Tree Sweets is a place where you would go after having dinner at Palmer's, Brasserie 28 or Dylan's. Pink Tree Sweet's sell an assortment of desserts. They make wedding cakes, cupcakes and their award winning chocolate strawberry chiffon cake.

The DishCrawl was an overall engaging experience where you can meet people and get exclusive access to the chef's.  I really enjoyed every restaurant that I experienced and was quite impressed.  If you want an engaging experience dining with friends or family or just by yourself this would be the ultimate opporunity.   DishCrawl Boston


Palmers Restaurant and Tavern
18 Elm Street
Andover, Ma 01810
(978) 470-1606

Brasserie 28
2 Elm Sq.
Andover, Ma 01810
(978) 470-2228

Dylan's Bar and Grill
18 Park St
Andover, MA 01810
(978) 470-1717
Pink Tree Sweets
89 Main St
Andover, MA 01810
(978) 475-2673