Signature Dishes: Butter sauce adds magic to saffron mussels at Gray Goose in Ligonier

Signature Dishes: Butter sauce adds magic to saffron mussels at Gray Goose in Ligonier

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An appetizer with significant flavor is building a splash at The Gray Goose Lakeside Lounge in Ligonier Township.

The Saffron Mussels ($13) is a signature dish at the upscale eatery at 2377 Route 30 West.

Produced this calendar year by chef Ben Gahr, the seafood mix of steamed mussels with chickpeas, saffron, olive oil, garlic, butter and crusty, toasty bread is a hit with patrons.

“It’s a ease and comfort dish. It’s large ample for a food,” Gahr said of his dish that is made with a magic butter sauce that will keep on being just that.

“I really don’t even know what’s in it,” reported owner Michelle Kent of the sauce.

Gahr developed his popular dish out of excess chickpeas he had on hand just one working day in the kitchen area.

The mussels are transported in weekly from Prince Edward Island in Canada. Sopping up the sauce with the accompanying baguette is a need to.

Kent procured the restaurant 7 years back. She reported an abundance of Canada geese on the assets lent the inspiration for its title.

A resident white swan has considering the fact that shooed most of the geese away and normally is spotted in the lake visible from the bar inside of.

Gahr focuses on providing Mediterranean and French-infused specialties with rates ranging from $7-$29.

A massive patio offers out of doors lakeside dining options.

Within, five eating rooms offer a cozy and heat eating vibe comprehensive with fireplaces, hardwood flooring and a huge different bar spot.

Buyers are invited to peruse an expansive vintage A.C. Gilbert Co. erector selection, housed upstairs from the non-public selection of Kent’s late husband, Michael.

Kent described the covid-associated pandemic as a “long haul” for her enterprise.

“We have been shut down totally due to the fact we weren’t prepared to do fantastic dining to go. Covid was challenging, but it gave me a opportunity to sit back again and see what I have to have to do in this article. Bringing Ben on has genuinely improved items — anyone enjoys the meals.”

Gahr updates the menu seasonally, but Kent said the mussels are below to continue to be.

“The mussels have been a big strike, and no person all around below truly experienced something like that,” she mentioned.

The Grey Goose Lakeside Lounge (2377 Route 30 West) is open up 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 4-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays closed Mondays-Tuesdays. Reservations are encouraged at 724-441-4947. For much more details, go to

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review employees writer. You can speak to Joyce at 724-226-7725 , [email protected] or by means of Twitter .

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