Friends and family were treated to a sneak preview of The Whelk, Bill Taibe’s latest venture in Westport on Wednesday evening. Steeped in the sea with unmistakable flashes of leFarm’s seasonal luxury, The Whelk is poised to establish Saugatuck as the culinary center of Westport.
Bivalves in various shapes and sizes, octopus poutine, barbequed clams, a blackened pollock sandwich with spicy slaw and a lamb burger are now permanently seared into memory. Among many small bites, it is these I pray make it onto the menu. Admittedly, this reverence may be due in no small part to their pairing with the “perfect Manhattan” – a smooth classic of Bulleit bourbon, Dolin dry and sweet vermouth, bitters, and a lemon peel. Read the entire article.