I am no stranger to deadhorse hill; it has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in Worcester. I think we have been there almost ten times now. I immediately fell in love with the staff and service, however once I tired the food, I was even more impressed. If you had been to Ritual, you will see the space completely transformed, and it looks fantastic. I dig the look and feel of deadhorse hill, from their eclectic/vintage glasses, to the local art adorning the walls and of course the fun vibe.
I have been a little leery of the “changing menu” tailoring to the flavors and availability of the season; however, I have never been disappointed with any of menu selections at deadhorse hill. Typically, I gravitate towards any of their unique fish entrées, so I was excited to see two different offerings the night we were there. To start we ordered the Memphis Ribs, which, thankfully never seem to disappear from the menu; fork tender, spiced perfectly accompanied by a cabbage slaw and pickles, which, are almost the star of the plate. In addition, we shared the local greens, dressed with a red wine gastrique, and delicious yogurt dressing on the side. It is not often that I eat bread, but it seems I always have a moment of weakness at deadhorse hill, their bread either is made onsite or from Crust Bake Shop located just down the street, and while the bread is fantastic, the real indulgence is the homemade butter, served on the side with sea salt and pepper. For my entrée, I deliberated between the red fish or swordfish. I ordered the Swordfish & Summer Ratatouille – cherry tomatoes, squash, eggplant. The swordfish was fantastic and the ratatouille simply delicious, my only critique, the dish was slightly over salted for my taste, but still excellent.
Typically, we sit at the bar, so I must give a shout out to the bar staff, they are top notch! One of the reasons I love deadhorse hill is due in part to the service, this is the first restaurant I have been to where the bartenders introduced themselves, remembered our names, and felt like friends by the time we left. In the dining room, we have always had a great experience as well. I really appreciate the attention to detail at your table, clearing your plates to reset the table is always a nice touch. I have also had the pleasure of meeting and talking with one of the owners, Sean, his passion and hard work are undeniable, you will see him working like crazy the entire time you are there, he also has a genuine concern about your experience and takes the time to make sure his guests are well taken care of.
Once again, deadhorse hill did not disappoint! I will be back (of course) and I still need to try their lunch menu, which I hear is fantastic. I highly recommend deadhorse hill, drinks, apps, or a unique “large plate” option. I hope you will enjoy as much as I have.