Venue Review: The Barnsider
HARRISON TWP. — The Barnsider, 5202 N. Main St. : This venerable restaurant has introduced some innovative marketing concepts and some intriguing menu items. Every weekend (Friday and Saturday nights) is New York Discount Night: New York cheesecake and New York-themed drinks are half price (think Long Island Iced Tea, Manhattans, Cosmopolitans — just don’t think of all of them on the same night, please), and New York strip steak entrees are $4 off. We tried the decadently rich Black & Blue New York Strip ($25.95), a steak smothered with melted blue cheese, and the Horseradish-Encrusted Salmon Filet ($17.95), cooked just to doneness and still moist beneath a zesty, buttery horseradish sauce. Au gratin potatoes are creamy and rich. The sweet potato fries come glazed with granulated sugar and are served with an astonishingly sweet caramel dipping sauce — more dessert than side dish. The Shrimp Trio appetizer ($9.50) features two coconut shrimp with a fruit dipping sauce, two chilled shrimp with a powerful horseradish cocktail sauce and two fried shrimp with Buffalo-Wing-style coating and a ranch dipping sauce. Portions are substantial. Open 7 days: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. Phone: (937) 277-1332.