Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Fiddlehead Ferns

Fiddlehead ferns are coveted among foragers!

Fiddlehead ferns are another beloved blink-and-you’ll-miss-them springtime treat. There are different kinds of fiddlehead ferns, but only several are actually edible. Local to several areas in North America, including the Northeast and Great Lakes regions of the U.S., restaurants on OpenTable are serving this wild treat to the delight of diners.

80 Thoreau, Concord, Massachusetts: “Another great dinner at 80 Thoreau. Had the rabbit paté and the artichoke with barley. The paté was moist and very flavorful. The vegetarian dish was a palette of greens and golds. Indicative of the spring fare were the fiddlehead ferns, asparagus, and golden carrots accompanying the stuffed artichoke. It was presented so beautifully that I didn’t want to disturb it. Delicious dish I would have again.”

8407 Kitchen Bar, Silver Spring, Maryland: “The food is amazing. Loved the fiddlehead/ramp/chicken-of-the-woods mushroom salad! Very skilled server.”

Bricco Trattoria, Glastonbury, Connecticut: “They cook with local ingredients and had fiddleheads for an appetizer, followed by an apple salad with shaved fennel and a light dressing. The veal parmesan with a side of fresh pasta with pork strips in the sauce was excellent. I cannot remember getting a meal of this quality.”

Culina Millcreek, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: “Three of us went to Culina to celebrate a birthday. We all thought the evening special sounded delicious (asparagus soup with blue cheese, Alberta pickerel with fiddleheads), and all of us were extremely pleased. I also love to go to Culina for brunch.”

Fuel Restaurant, Lewiston, Maine: “This is the second time we have been to Fuel, and we were not disappointed. The food was wonderful. We had a dish of fiddleheads cooked in a white-wine reduction with apple smoked bacon — and asked for more bread to sop up the juice.”

Jamestown FiSH, Jamestown, Rhode Island: “We had two fabulous dinners at Fish. The first was a spicy shrimp dish with the most delicious polenta I’ve ever had. The second was a salmon dish with spring veggies, including fiddlehead ferns. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is beautifully presented and tastes fantastic! We wanted to lick our plates!! The chef is extremely creative.”

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, Vancouver, British Columbia: “Hard to believe I live in Kits and haven’t been here. An unexpectedly amazing Tuesday dinner event with a work colleague. The six-course tasting menu featured spring (despite the weather!) items, including fiddleheads that were delicate, fresh, and crunchy at at once in a sauce that did not drown them out.”

L’Epicerie Market, Culver City, California: “The salmon was amazing. Try the fiddleheads.”

Pumpkin BYOB, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Amazing experience in every way. The early spring market vegetables and Long Island duck were wonderful, but we especially loved the escargot with creamy polenta, coddled egg, andfiddlehead ferns.”

* Sixth Engine, Washington, D.C.: “Though I live in the neighborhood, this was my first time at Sixth Engine since their February opening. Very satisfied with food, service, and ambiance. Lovely restoration to a pre-Civil War fire company building. Requested bartender suggestion of cocktails to start; creative drinks new to me. Soup, appetizer, entreé all specials for the night. All delicious with seasonal, local ingredients (morels and fiddlehead ferns in two of the dishes).”

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