Saturday, 6 December 2014
A Traditional Christmas Buffet at the Inn on the Hill
Christmas means so many things to a variety of people, the holidays represent time with family, good cheer and an inexhaustible reserve of happy memories. But the one thing that almost everyone can relate to when it comes to Christmas is a feast. Food brining people together and helping to make those memories we cherish for years to come. In the spirit of Christmas, I wanted to kick off the season with a delicious Turkey Dinner! And there's likely no place more associated with generations of happy Diner's than the Inn on the Hill! Their special Holiday Turkey Buffet is hosted each Friday leading up to Christmas, it starts at 11 am and so do the crowds! Offering truly Home-style variety and all the warmth and brightness of the Season, it's no surprise to see friends and family filling up the Inn on the Hill's dining rooms.
Decorated with lovely trees and touches of Christmas all around, you can smell the delicious food as soon as you enter the restaurant! That's not the end of this sensory experience though. To make the atmosphere all the more cheerful, Johnny Ross takes to the keyboard to tickle out delightful Christmas tunes as you dine! Known and beloved Island wide for his charismatic playing, the Inn on the Hill certainly put the cherry on top of this buffet with Johnny's perfect musical backdrop.
And of course, this fantastic setting is host to the star of the Lunch hour at the Inn on the Hill! Chefs Mary and Michael are the culinary artists behind the locally fueled meal. With a variety of warm and cold offerings, everyone's taste buds are welcomed to partake. Home-baked biscuits and rolls start off your meal along side the day's soup and are joined by a variety of cold salads. Including garden salad, classic coleslaw and the some creamiest home style potato salad I've ever tasted, your mouth is already watering from the very beginning!
Mind you, the celebrity at every Christmas meal is the Turkey! And this Turkey just happens to be a home-raised hero, the Inn on the Hill serves tender, perfectly carved grain fed Larkin Bros. Turkey with light and dark meat neatly displayed so you can pick your favorite piece. Topped with rich, Creamy gravy and this is a main that can steal your heart! With classic dressing, seasoned to perfection, hearty mashed potatoes and steamed veggies you'll feel like you're in Grandma's kitchen!
And if you've got a taste for something a little more unique and not as conventionally Christmas, then you'll want to try their lasagna. This offering is generous on flavor, with a blend of cheesy goodness and extra beef. I'd be lying if I said I didn't take an extra piece because I loved it so much!
And we all know that any Christmas Dinner wouldn't be the same without dessert, and the Inn on the Hill is truly treating you sweet tooth! Chef Mary is a wonder-worker, pulling out all of the best and decadent stops to bring out a Dessert Trolley that I was extremely tempted to roll home with me!
I couldn't help myself and had, count 'em, three desserts! The first of this sweet trio was a caramel cheesecake with it's base like a whipped cloud, covered in a thick, sweet layer of rich caramel. The second was another round of cheesecake, which hosted the very same luscious base as the caramel but brought the decadence up another level with deep, dark chocolate topping and a chocolate cookie crumb crust. And of that's not enough heaven already, I topped it off with a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie that had a buttery, flaky crust and hit the perfect balance of sweet and tart in the center. That was the perfect, if not unbelievably indulgent end to this spirited meal!
With a meal that conjures up thoughts of family around the table on December 25th, Irving Berlin on the record player and mistletoe in the doorway, the Inn on the Hill has created a tasty Christmas Card that you have to taste, see and even hear to believe!