deadhorse hill offers an upscale menu filled with a combination of small plates for sharing, large plates for main entrees and something they call “centerpiece” meals…main dishes large enough to be shared amongst the entire table.
Owned by Boston-based restaurateurs, Sean Woods and Jared Forman, deadhorse hill is a homage to Worcester, revitalizing the once famous Bay State House hotel on Main Street. Embracing the originality of the space, the design enhances what was there, while at the same time, bringing the turn of the century building up-to-date with a sophisticated and contemporary feel. Exposed brick walls and a perforated tin ceiling encompass the entire room. An oak bar stretches across the open-concept dining space. Soft lighting highlights neutral design elements and wooden tables and chairs easily accommodate small or large parties. While the bar is serving up great seasonal, craft ales like Sister Summer IPAs from Cold Harbor Brewing, it is also features a list of cocktails like Lions Tail – a mixture of whisky, allspice and lime – and The DePalma Cocktail – mixed with maraschino, green chartreuse, Montenegro and a secret ingredient.
While the design and decor add to the cultured atmosphere on display, the deadhorse hill menu easily becomes the main focus. Small plates of Little Island Oysters, Black Sea Bass Crudo, and Southern Fried Chicken Thighs with a Honey and Hot Sauce blend, are impeccable starts to be shared with the table. Focusing of beefs, seafood and pork, deadhorse hill ramps up the entrée selection with Softshell Crab Cantonese – a pork ragu with ginger and scallions – and a Grilled Skirt Steak – a steak aligned with refined beans, salsa verde, beef bacon and a sunny egg. Need more? Dive headfirst into one of deadhorse hill’s “centerpiece” meals…. large main dishes designed to be shared communally with everyone at the table. In this case a huge, perfectly prepared 36
Executive Chef Jared Forman, a winner of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen is passionate about adding a globally-inspired twist on American foods right here in Worcester and is doing so by elevating the menu and dining experience at deadhorse hill.