UPDATE: Recessionista Dining Reaches Stonehill Tavern

The new three-course "Classic Tavern Suppers" menu is priced at $39 per person. OK, it's still not exactly cheap, but for cooking of this caliber, not to mention a superb setting, it's a very good value.

The deal is available every night except Monday and Tuesday, when the restaurant's closed anyway.

The combos are yummy. Think high-quality comfort food. Take Wednesday, for instance: potato-corn chowder, followed by fish and chips, and rounded off with a root beer float. Or Saturday, featuring a BLT salad, then roast prime rib, and butterscotch pudding to finish.

Here's the full rundown, which stands until further notice.

WEDNESDAY SUPPER:

POTATO-CORN CHOWDER
SMOKY BACON, SQUASH BLOSSOM
~
FISH & CHIPS
KENNEBEC FRIES, MALT VINEGAR
~
ROOT BEER FLOAT
SASSAFRAS ICE CREAM, CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

THURSDAY SUPPER:

FRISÉE SALAD
POACHED ORGANIC EGG, CRISPY PORK BELLY
~
AMERICAN KOBE STEAK FRITES
ROASTED BABY CARROTS, PEPPERCORN JUS
~
CINNAMON SUGAR DONUTS
ESPRESSO CRÈME ANGLAISE

FRIDAY SUPPER:

HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD
BURRATA CHEESE, AGED BALSAMIC
~
CEDAR-PLANK SALMON
WEISNAR FARMS POTATOES, BACON VINAIGRETTE
~
PEACH RASPBERRY CRISP
VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

SATURDAY SUPPER:

BLT SALAD
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, GRILLED BACON
~
ROAST PRIME RIB
TWICE BAKED POTATO, MAUI ONION JUS
~
BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING
HONEYCOMB

SUNDAY SUPPER:

NIÇOISE SALAD
POTATOES, ORGANIC EGG, HARICOT VERT
~
SEAFOOD STEW
CROSTINI, SAFFRON TOMATO BROTH
~
HOT FUDGE SUNDAE
TOASTED ALMONDS, MARASCHINO CHERRY

The bar and lounge has also upped the ante, offering some new, upmarket bar snacks for $5, such as truffle popcorn (posh!), lettuce wraps (including lobster) and the obligatory sliders.

The Stonehill Tavern is, of course, set within the St Regis, Monarch Beach. The hotel had been up for the auction block on July 7, and while that date has been pushed back by two weeks, we're told that, whatever happens, operations will continue as normal.

Fingers crossed that's true, as the supper menu looks like a winner...

UPDATE, Monday, July 20: According to the LA Times, the proposed auction has been canceled and the property seized by Citigroup, which the hotel owed a $70 million loan to. Let's hope it really is business as normal in the Stonehill Tavern.


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