1. some place new
2. someplace out of the way and
3. someplace different.
We started off on Rte 2 east and got to about Marlborough when we decided not to spend the day getting to someplace we weren't sure where we were heading to. Neither of us have a smart phone, so no googling in the car and we didn't look online at home. We were just plain hungry.
I hadn't written a review in a while, but thought I should. We'd had a really good grinder the last time (FULL of meat and so REASONABLE- $6.50 for 8"... yeah, that's right EIGHT INCHES!!! and I had had the Seafood stuffed sole for $16.95, but the stuffing was AMAZING!
Seafood Stuffed Sole-- Stuffed with homemade seafood stuffing (baby shrimp, Crab meat, ritz crackers and mozzarella cheese). I brought half my dinner home the portions were HUGE! I enjoyed it TWICE, since I had it the next day) Okay, enough about the LAST time we were there.
Because the food was so good and was a great deal for your meal, I wanted a place to go to 'celebrate' us beginning our life as empty-nesters! We went after the 6:30pm news was over, so we probably got there at 7:20pm or so....pretty empty and nice and quiet.
My husband thought he'd get a grinder, so he could have half of it for tomorrow, but when we saw some of the meals on the menu, our thoughts turned to pure ... Aaahhh.
Since I'm losing weight and knew I wouldn't eat a lot, but I planned on taking some home, so the calories would be divided to a few days.
I really felt bad for one of the girls bringing my tea spilled the tray so it spilled over her hand, but 'thankfully (?)' it wasn't boiling hot (really girls, it SHOULD have been boiling in order to steep my teabag). She didn't get burned. For THAT, I'm glad she didn't have it hot. Our waitress, Amanda, was the best! She was so attentive without being 'in our face', and was super helpful, getting us just what we needed when we needed it, ... making suggestions, warning us of the portion sizes, LOL. Even her suggestion of the sausage soup made us decide to order a bowl to take home. I'll add that review on the end of this once we have it.
Bread was nice a fresh Italian bread with four 'packets' of butter. I almost had two pieces, then thought better of it. I remembered they served large portions. I brought it home.
We had an inkling of the portion size when we got the salad. It WAS pretty big! They bring the dressings on the side and you can have more if you need it. The salad itself was 'about average', mixed iceberg (maybe there was a little romaine and mixed greens, with a few grape tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, red onions. I would have loved to have crumbled feta, or croutons, or something... but I liked it. I missed taking a photo of it before I ate it, but this was what I took home (I probably ate 2/3 of it)
I ordered the "Baked Scrod Italiano -- Fresh baked boston scrod, topped with sliced tomatoes, spinach, fresh mozzarella, bread crumbs, in our lemon white wine and butter Sauce" ... and OHHH the butter sauce! I cut off a section that was probably 2" long and that was probably a quarter of it. It was tender and flavorful. Cooked just right. I had a baked potato (which I had 1/3 of) with butter and sour cream on the side (saved that for take home), and roasted spring veggies, carrots, squash, cauliflower, brocolli, (I only ate half of that). So I'm sure you see I planned on having it for two more meals... maybe? This is what I took home... (I decided after I'd cut into it, that maybe it's worthy of a blog post. Oh, yeah, it was)
(this is what I brought home....)
My hubby ordered "Chicken Parmagiana--Breaded boneless chicken breast baked with our marinara sauce and Topped with mozzarella (with spaghetti)". It looked really good and as hard as he tried, he couldn't eat all of it either. Neither one of us could finish the meal. Amanda even asked if we wanted to take some of their cannoli's home (to which I said I don't really like cannoli's. She said she didn't either until she had these....) hmmm. maybe next time.
This is what he took home....
My only suggestion...Since you had three tvs going (muted), and nice music playing, you might want to think of putting closed caption on the tvs, so for those watching it, can see what they are saying. (It actually had an interesting show on about the Chicago cubs playing a game in which a fan, Steve Bartman, caught a ball that was still in play - well, the player on the field could have really caught it and it would have changed the game. Instead, Mr Bartman REALLY put a hurt on the team's mental play and eventually the hampered the results of the game. Would have been interesting to hear what they were saying about it).
Can't wait to go again!