So here I am, a vegetarian, at some new subterranean hole-in-the-wall barbecue place I've never tried, just because the friend I'm with likes it. I'm hoping some off-specialty side dish will be at least tolerable. Well surprise, surprise. This so-called pub is fabulous. Order anything--just because it's not their specialty doesn't mean they don't take pride in making it good. I had roasted sweet potato for a starter. It's exactly that, nothing more and nothing less, done to perfection. Bite-size just barely charred cubes, not a bit greasy, with an irresistible buttermilk/blue cheese dip. Main course was salmon salad (I do eat fish), and again just that, done to perfection. A thick slab of salmon not overcooked, with a delicious crumbled pecan-something crust that doesn't overwhelm the fish because it's only the crust after all. On a bed of fresh mesclun, with a dressing that also doesn't overwhelm but is possibly the best I've had anywhere, maybe because it has just enough bourbon to pep up the vinaigrette. Decor is much improved over the previous restaurant (which really was a hole in the wall). Good selection of mostly New England beers on tap. Very helpful, attentive, friendly staff (don't know if this holds true for a busier night; this was a Friday with Dartmouth students gone for the holidays). I offered to stand on the sidewalk and wave people inside but settled for writing this review instead. 3 Guys might be a bit hard to find, but it's well worth the effort.
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