Tucked away on Main Street in SLC is White Horse, a new bar that opened earlier this summer next to its sister restaurant, Whiskey Street. My husband, Colby, and I were perusing this year’s Dine O’Round participants when the name caught our eye as a newcomer this year and we headed to the website to see the menu. Just one look at the home page and the gorgeous photos and we knew where we were headed for dinner.
Dine O’Round is an event held for two weeks every year in the city where several restaurants offer three-course tasting menus at a set price of $15, $25, or $35, allowing diners to sample more dishes for less. We weren’t sure what to expect on the menu, but we were stoked to find out! We claimed a window seat upon arrival and asked for the Dine O’Round menu, and ultimately decided to share all three courses and order one other entree to split as well.
The first course was a pair of Rockefeller oysters – raw oysters topped with creamed spinach, bacon, absinthe, hollandaise sauce, and bread crumbs. I had never tried an oyster before, so I was super excited to tip this down my throat. It came with a huge slice of lemon and a miniature bottle of tabasco sauce. We put the whole dish together and went bottoms up at the same time, and it was delicious! The texture of the oyster paired perfectly with the crispiness of the toppings, and I wished we had more.
Dine O’Round’s second course was an item that’s not on White Horse’s regular menu, a pasta dish called Pork Sugo. It’s a pappardelle pasta sprinkled with pecorino cheese and hazelnuts, topped with a 63º egg and it was the perfect dish to start off fall. The sauce was so rich and hearty and tasted like it had a hint of some type of squash, and along with the flavorful pork I could not get enough of it.
I would have downed the whole thing myself if it wasn’t for our other entree, the American Wagyu bacon cheeseburger, a menu staple. It’s basically a regular bacon cheeseburger, except instead of regular beef it’s made with Snake River Farms wagyu beef, and instead of bacon it’s piled with smoked pork belly. Combine that with house pickles, American cheese, onion, dijonaisse, and gem lettuce, and you get the burger of your dreams. The beef was flawlessly seasoned – salty and decadent – and neither of us could put it down.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, our final course was the bourbon butterscotch pudding, complete with whiskey caramel and crème fraiche, and heaped with bourbon bacon popcorn. We weren’t sure about the popcorn at first, but paired with the pudding it was the ideal combination of salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy. The hints of whiskey gave it that extra something it needed, and it was gone all too soon. I don’t normally order dessert when I go out to eat, but I would definitely order this again.
We left White Horse with full stomachs and satisfied taste buds and I can’t wait till we get to go back and try even more. The croque monsieur is calling my name for next time!
White Horse (325 Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 // 801.363.0137)