Revolver turns out a rotating menu of simple seasonal dishes that combine local and organic goods with atypical ingredients. Owner and chef Michael Bulkowski creates an atmosphere of fine dining without the risk of extended pinky-finger sprains with playful small plates such as the cinnamon-spiced duck meatballs with tempura squash and goat cheese ($8) or local rutabaga soup with cranberry-cashew pesto ($5). Latent hunter-gatherer instincts alight as forks harpoon the Flint Ridge Farms rabbit with niçoise olives, tomatoes, and fettuccine ($26) and dip bites of locally raised sirloin into sides of creamy polenta ($19). Toast confluent tastes with a libation from chef-selected wine and craft beer lists, and complement meals with a sultry glass of the Jezebel pinot noir ($12) or regal bottle of Bell’s Brewery’s Oberon summer ale ($6).
Though fourth-generation dairy farmer Jim King and his wife, Angel, craft the artisanal cheeses at Blue Jacket Dairy, it’s fair to say that the creamery is a fifth-generation family business. The youngest members of the King clan are already hard at work sticking labels on finished wedges of cheddar, quark, and mozzarella, as well as learning to communicate with cows through telepathy. The King family uses small-scale equipment to produce both fresh and aged cheeses, including its signature Gretna Grilling—a semisoft, halloumi-style cheese made with pasteurized whole milk. In addition to chevre, mozzarella, and feta cheeses, Blue Jacket’s team makes small batches of fresh, unaged cheddar curds, which it prepares plain or flavored with dill, chipotle, garlic, or ranch.
Great American Cookies freshly bakes a wide range of dentist-defying goodies, including a variety of fresh-baked brownies and cookies such as white chunk macadamia, M&Ms, pecan supreme, and snickerdoodle. Relive the wonderment of being a wide-eyed youngster without being zapped by a shrinking ray gun by frisbeeing a Big Bite ($0.89) or Double Doozie ($1.99) cookie right into the kisser. Pick up a half dozen regular cookies ($7.99) or hone gift-giving skills before the holidays with a heart-shaped tin ($16.99) of cookie creations. Quench sweetly inspired thirst with a regular 20 oz. fountain soda ($1.59) or a nice tall glass of even more cookies.
A fresco of French romantic painter Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People crowns The Inn At Versailles's stone fireplace. The mural's subject raises a fist clenching the French flag into the sky. Her gesture symbolizes the inn's rise from the ashes and unites its European-inspired artworks, many of which were painted locally.
A calamitous fire ravaged the village of Versailles in 1901, destroying six blocks of businesses and 38 homes. As residents rebuilt, they paid architectural homage to their town's namesake palace and to the Europe of the early 1900s. Since 1993, The Inn At Versailles has taken part in the European tradition with its vintage environs.
Local artists have ornamented nearly every room with original murals, frescoes, and prints inspired by Gallic culture at the turn of the century. The inn's guest rooms and suites join the elegance of ornate chandeliers, four-poster beds, and fireplaces with the modern pizzazz of TVs and WiFi access.
Complimentary continental breakfast every morning gives way to upscale lunch and dinner served at the onsite restaurant, Michael Anthony's at The Inn. Chef Michael Delligatta crafts upscale Italian fare bolstered by an international wine list that has garnered Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence every year since 2007. Visitors may carry their revelry to a nearby winery or one of the many other attractions in the village of Versailles.