by Alice Levitt
82 Lower Main Street, Morrisville 888-7889
You heard me right. As if chicken pot pie weren't already luscious enough, chef Jeff Egan adds Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery chèvre to the already creamy sauce. I have salivated over that dish for years, and was not disappointed. I usually expect a conventional pie crust or puff pastry on my pot pies. This bowl of stew was topped with a buttery biscuit. Inside, free range Misty Knoll chicken practically melted, along with lightly tangy artichokes, which perfectly matched the character of the sauce. Caramelized onions and small leaves of fresh spinach gave the concoction further character, though it certainly didn't need more flavor.
The comfort food dishes at the Bee's Knees forgo traditional sides in favor of thick, but smooth Champlain Orchards apple sauce (A little too sweet for me. I prefer the company's unsweetened variety.) and a mixed green salad with hearty balsamic vinaigrette on the side. Drinks are grab-and-go from the fridge out front at the casual café. I paired my meal with carbonated watermelon and strawberry juice from a company called The Switch. It also went nicely with the Tex Mex chicken burrito, which had all the right flavors (and fresh corn and beans), just not enough of them.
On the way out, I picked up dessert from the counter of baked goods. There was a lovely-looking blueberry pie, but I grabbed a brownie and a day-old peppermint-chocolate muffin. The brownie was closer to fudge than cake — very dense and richly chocolaty, but also somewhat grainy. I think that if the muffin had not been stale, it would have been a revelation. Though it was dry enough to be difficult to eat, I couldn't stop myself from trying. The flavors of fresh, chopped mint and dark chocolate were addictive. I can't wait to try a fresh one!