The Dark Horse Saloon — former home of The Greene Turtle and The Ropewalk — opens Thursday. Prudential Carruthers Realtor Chris Reda, who owns the building at 119 S. Main St. along with his partners, decided to open the restaurant after The Greene Turtle closed last November. He invited BANV & family to his “friends and family” night yesterday to give his kitchen and wait staff a chance to practice running through their menu items. We enjoyed it. He went with a Tex-Mex and barbecue menu. I had a portabella taco. The portabella mushroom filling was well seasoned and flavorful. The taco had a soft shell which made it easy to handle. It was served with black beans and rice. I liked that it was nice and light. My son had a much heavier dish, the Mexi Mac: pasta and cheese served with spicy chorizo sausage and a tomato base. He enjoyed it and we took the leftovers home for the next day. Their $5.99 kids menu reflects their Tex Mex theme. Along with staples like hot dogs and cheeseburgers, they offer Mexican dishes like quesadillas and tacos for the kids. My daughter had the kids cheeseburger which was small enough for her, but nice and thick on a good roll with fries showing a bit of potato skin, like boardwalk fries. The menu also had a good number of barbecue dishes, which we’ll try the next time we go. Reda says his Executive Chef, Frank Campanella, has traveled the country winning awards in barbecue competitions like our Maryland BBQ Bash. Reda and company have given the historic building an Americana theme, with murals by local artist Marshall Adams featuring themes from the Wild West. In a nod to Harford County’s equestrian heritage, they’ve incorporated race horses into the interior design and logo and brought back the bronze replica of race horse Seattle Slew that used to sit atop the outdoor deck when the restaurant was The Ropewalk.
I’d link to their website, but it doesn’t appear they have one yet.
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