Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Looking for a delicious place to eat in Hershey PA? Check out this Hidden gem, The Forebay at The Hershey Lodge #HersheyPA

*** I received lodging and admission to the park for the subject matter contained in this post, all opinions are 100% my own***

We all know that visiting Hershey PA is a lot of fun, especially during the holiday season. There is so much to do, from the amusement park to tours, you can really keep yourself busy. But after all the running around and excitement, you need time to relax and unwind and enjoy a good meal. For this in steps The Forebay at The Hershey Lodge, this hidden gem is tucked away on the second floor of the lodge and is a great way to settle in and relax after your busy day in Hershey PA. 

The Forebay  is serving up creative and regionally inspired comfort food,  they offer a variety of broiled steaks, fresh seafood, and specialties from our smokehouse. Enjoy their house-created favorites with a twist and the premium top-shelf bar, featuring small-batch spirits and an extensive wine list, in a relaxed, rustic setting. What should you wear while visiting The Forebay… Attire is resort casual. Recently my family and I had the privilege of checking out a dinner at this lovely restaurant.

When you arrive at the restaurant, you immediately feel more relaxed, this darker restaurant takes you away from the bright lights of the city, and brings you to a warm and relaxing atmosphere and features amazing food and a wide drink selection. We were ready to cozy up and enjoy a nice relaxing dinner.

The wait staff was extremely attentive and seemed genuinely happy to be there to serve us. And boy what they served us was amazing! We started off with salted pretzel rolls with a mustard dip.  The pretzels were warm and delicious, a great paring with the mustard or to just enjoy on its own. 
This was the size of an appetizer and it was complementary for each table, what a great start to the meal… After perusing the menu we opted for an appetizer, this sounded too good to pass up. The Short Rib Chips  Potato Chips, Braised Short Rib, Caramelized Shallot, Porter and Horseradish Cheese Fondue  appetizer was rich and hearty with a little spice. I am not that big of a fan of horseradish, but I loved this it was not over powering at all. The chips were fresh and the meat was tender, this was a real winner.
We were trying to pace ourselves, there were so many more great things on the menu that we wanted to try, we were off to the entrees. My husband opted for the Smokehouse Burger with Groff’s Bacon, White Cheddar, Barbecue Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion on a Toasted Onion Brioche. My husband raved about this burger his bacon was extremely crispy just like he wanted and the bbq sauce had a nice smoky flavor that complement the burger well, he opted for no lettuce and tomato and really enjoyed the burger and fries. 
To celebrate, Wild Game & Mushroom Season there was a great limited time menu that I opted to go with for my entrée the menu offered the choice of 3 small Plates plus dessert for $34 a great deal! Unfortunately this promotion recently ended, but don’t worry there are currently special menu’s for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I am sure there will be more specials added be sure to check back. 
My three choices were the Roasted Chanterelle Mushroom Salad, Baby Kale, Arugula, Roasted Pears, Blue Cheese, Chipotle Raspberry-Espresso Vinaigrette. This light salad was crisp and fresh and the toppings and the mushrooms were just enough, my daughter kept going back to my plate to have more. I could have enjoyed a larger version of this as a main entrée. 
I figured I would be a little daring and try some new to me meats, that I have never tried before. I figured, you only live once why not go for it? I choose the Cocoa Venison Chili with Sharp Cheddar Cornbread Croutons, and Chive Sour Cream, this chili was rich and slightly sweet… It was not gamey at all, I added a dash of hot sauce and enjoyed this very much.
My favorite of the trio of items was the Wild Boar Bucatini, Braised Wild Boar Ragout, Roasted Grapes, Winter Greens, Lobster Mushrooms, Pecorino Romano. The wild boar reminded me of the most moist and tender pulled pork that I have ever had the tart roasted grapes were an unexpected pop of flavor. This was my favorite dish of the evening, something if added to the menu I would easily order again.
My daughter went with one of her favorites Macaroni & Cheese, this was not a store bought mac and cheese, it was really homemade and it stood out and was a hit with my daughter. The kids portion was huge, and we had plenty to bring home for later.

For Dessert I had the Preserved Lemon & Olive Oil Shortbread Red Wine Plum Compote, Dark Chocolate Ice cream Crushed Toasted Hazelnuts this was included in the meal package, just the cherry on top of an amazing deal. This was a wondrous dark chocolate ice cream, with a sweet cookie and delicate plums that had a nice red wine taste a great way to end the meal. 
My husband exclaimed that he was stuffed and could not eat another bite, well that was until he made an exception when he saw this item on the dessert menu, the Apple Butter Bread Pudding Roasted Apple and Ginger Compote, Crème Anglaise and Spiced Pecans. He was willing to take the risk for this sweet apple dessert and enjoyed it thoroughly. 
Does this look like a place you would like to visit next time you are in Hershey PA? This was our second time eating here, and we wondered why we did not eat there more often it was a spectacular meal that we all enjoyed. I would highly suggest checking out The Forebay in The Hershey Lodge next time you are in the area, you will not be disappointed.

 The Forebay Hours:
Dinner: Daily, 5-10 PM
For reservations please call 717-534-8601. Not accepted Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Would you like to try The Forebay next time you are in Hershey PA?

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