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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.

Acorn Squash Soup Still Mmmmm Good — After 240 Years!

The Spotted Horse is not an old-fashioned place. It’s got a fresh menu, and a lively bar scene.

But it does call itself a “tavern.” It’s housed in a 215-year-old building.

And now it’s serving a dish from the Revolutionary War.

No, the acorn squash soup wasn’t made all those years ago. But it was popular then. And all the ingredients date from 1777.

The soup is tied in to the current Westport Historical Society exhibit. “The British Are Coming!” celebrates this month’s 240th anniversary of the Redcoats’ landing at Compo Beach.

(They were headed for Danbury, to burn an arsenal. We — well, some of our ancestors — surprised them along South Compo on the way north, then engaged them in a big battle on Compo Hill when they returned.)

As part of the exhibit, WHS board member Ed Hynes asked the restaurant to feature something from that period. They chose the soup.

Acorn squash was plentiful here then. Allspice — another key ingredient — was a popular import from the Caribbean.

Both Hynes and WHS immediate past president Ed Gerber have enjoyed the Spotted Horse soup. They call it “delicious.”

It will be featured all month.

At a 2017 — not, unfortunately, 1777 — price.

(For a full list of all “The British Are Coming!” events, click here. The exhibit runs through May 29.)

Acorn squash soup