Drovers makes a better townie bar than a restaurant. I like bars that are overwhelmingly local, don't get me wrong, but this one is not worth a trip.
The Restaurant Week menu was varied and generous, and started out with promise. The produce is local, and the chef definitely has a way with it. I had a delicious smoked tomato soup and my wife had a lobster bisque that she really liked but I thought tasted too seafoody and not as delicate as it should be.
As the courses progressed we discovered that the kitchen is much better with the vegetables than the proteins, and that the smoky innovation of the first course was pretty much the kitchen's only trick. The smoky flavor worked on zucchini on the side but was getting a bit much. The strip steak I had was really, really poorly trimmed. My wife's tenderloin was better, but its honestly hard to do tenderloin wrong -- at least it wasn't overcooked.
Service was also a problem. Our waitress was decent, but the other waitress hung around the outdoor seating area smoking and largely ignoring when we needed service. We didn't get our leftovers back, and the staff basically locked up the back patio and went home while we were still out there.
If we were talking about a $50 or so check for two people I might give it another try. But at well over $100 for a Restaurant Week outing, they're trying for a certain level and missing badly. It's too expensive and too far off the beaten back to tempt me for another visit.
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