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Monday, November 28, 2011

Jean Bonnet Tavern, Bedford, PA

On a trip to what we thought would be "the middle of nowhere PA" for golf, wine and food, my dining companion and I were quite pleased to find several "good eats".

One of them is the historic, Jean Bonnet Tavern, which has been running as a tavern since the 1760s. The fireplace and charm make it very cozy. The staff is very friendly. The are known for having many beers on tap, but the wine list is a little skimpy, however, they do feature wine from a local winery, Briar Valley .

With a glass of wine each, my companion and I started out our meal by sharing bacon wrapped scallops. I don't think you can ever go wrong with bacon. The scallops were tasty and cooked perfectly, I think the bacon could have been a little crisper, but I appreciate the difficulty in cooking items that have different cooking times. They were still delicious. Our meals came with salads, which came out shortly after we polished off those scallops. For our entrees, I had a roasted pork loin with cranberry cornbread stuffing, carrots and sweet potato fries. The pork was divine, juicy and very flavorful. The stuffing was interesting and tasty, the carrots were simple and plain, which is fine with me, because I happen to like carrots. My companion had one of the specials, which was a duck sausage gumbo with seafood. It was definitely a unique dish and he really enjoyed it. The duck sausage was rich, which was a good contrast to the fresh seafood and veggies in the gumbo.

Even though the desserts sounded wonderful, we passed as we were pretty stuff, they really fill your plate up at Jean Bonnet's. If you ever find yourself passing through Bedford give it a shot, you won't be disappointed by the charm or the food. And they have a cute little cabin craft shop too!

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