Menu Moments: What To Order At Spotted Horse

Spotted Horse is a Westport favorite — a go-to place for a family celebration, drinks and dinner with colleagues, or to meet out-of-town friends.

But while your companions might order something heavy — or fried — you’ve got plenty of healthy options. Dietician Heather Bauer offers tips on the best dishes to order at the downtown landmark.

Appetizers (Share a few, rather than ordering your own)

Hummock Island oysters (½ dozen)

Tuna tartare (try to skip the plantain chips — a hard ask!)

Prosciutto/cucumber and melon

Roasted marinated beet salad

Crispy Brussels sprouts (delicious, and too good to be true — make sure to share!)

Roasted cauliflower

Fish entrees

Sesame-crusted ahi tuna tacos (comes deconstructed — skip the tortilla)

Ahi tuna tacos (skip the tortilla!)

Sushi-grade tuna seared rare/pineapple-cilantro salsa/wasabi yogurt sauce and warm flour tortillas

Pan-seared scallops or salmon

Salads: Order the Grey Goose Cobb (without bacon and blue cheese), kale and avocado or roasted bet salad; add grilled shrimp, grilled salmon or ahi tuna

Salmon burger (no bun; ask for the house salad as a side)

Meat entrees

Grey Goose Cobb (with grilled chicken or grilled steak; then pick either bacon OR goat or Parmesan cheese — you can’t have both, because of the dressing and avocado; note that the salads listed above under “Fish” also work here with chicken or steak)

Classic burger (no bun; ask for the house salad as a side)

Seared filet tips appetizer (order as an entree, with a side salad)

Vegetarian entrees

Tommy’s vegetable spasta (marinara/spaghetti squash/zucchini/red peppers/basic pesto/pine nuts/shave Parmigiano/extra virgin olive oil and lemon)

House-made veggie burger (black bean-based, gluten-free; order without the bun; choose the house salad, not fries)

Veggie burger

Veggie bowl (order with sauce on the side)

Roasted cauliflower/roasted beets/shaved veggies/avocado/sesame dressing/garbanzo beans and scallions

Kale and avocado salad

Grey Goose Cobb (no chicken, egg or bacon; ask for goat cheese instead of blue cheese)

Roasted beet salad

Bonus dining tip from Heather

Choose foods that take a while to eat. Ordering something you can wolf down in 2 minutes makes the rest of the meal a struggle. Go for things that take longer to chew: a big side salad, mussels rather than scallops, or a lean steak (like a small filet mignon that requires cutting) rather than pasta.

8 responses to “Menu Moments: What To Order At Spotted Horse

  1. Great suggestions, but I must admit that to order a Cobb salad without the bacon, chicken, egg, and blue cheese definitely takes away the appeal of this dish (regardless of how much healthier it is) and almost reduces it to a side salad!

  2. It looks delicious.

  3. The “spasta” dish (vegetable pasta) is the best and they will remove the pesto and cheese and it is an awesome vegan entree!

  4. Irene Mastriacovo

    Spotted Horse’s Lobster BLT – enjoyed it yesterday 🙂 Their eggplant stack is really good too!

  5. The Spotted Horse is one of my favorites, and I usually order the Seared Filet Tips, which is more than enough for lunch.

  6. I visited a little while ago and was disappointed that the lobster mac and cheese was no longer on the menu- it may be back now, not sure. That being said, the diver scallops are always very good. Great to see they’re enjoying success in their second location in Shelton too!

  7. Jean Whitehead

    Or try the Spotted Ox Hostel!

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