We were travelling up the coast from New Jersey and stumbled upon this fine establishment by sheer desperation. We were looking for a place that looked like it might be infant/child/high chair friendly, and it was 6:30 on a Friday night so we were expecting to have to wait awhile to be seated. When we were greeted warmly by the hostess we were told the wait would be 20 to 30 minutes. At that moment, one of the bus boys chimed in and said they could get a table ready for us in 5 minutes (which they did).
Our waitress, who was prompt, personable and professional, took our order in a patient and timely fashion. A couple of minutes later our drinks and my husband's appetizer arrived (oysters), which he said was very good, cold and fresh. My son's chicken tenders came early, as we requested. He devoured them so I think it is safe to say they were satisfactory.
I ordered a glass of red Zinfandel, which was very good for $8 (and I know my wine). It wasn't a chain food restaurant size glass but for the price in a place like this it was excellent. My husband ordered a medium rare hamburger with blue cheese and caramelized onions. He said it was closer to rare but absolutely excellent, the best he has had in a long time. I ordered a house salad with grilled chicken. Now one of my biggest pet peeves is fatty grilled chicken. There wasn't a single piece that I had to discard because of fat. The balsamic vinaigrette dressing was interesting with an almost creamy texture.
Dessert....woweeee! We had the cheesecake with caramel sauce. Exquisite. The presentation was in a Kilner's jar, which gave it a nice summery feel. It may have been the lightest and creamiest piece of cheesecake I've ever encountered. Simply incredible.
I should mention that when I was halfway through my glass of wine a fruit fly landed in it. Our waitress gave me a new FULL glass, no questions asked. All of the staff was helpful, accommodating and very friendly, and the thing that pleased me the most about the service was that they were all so wonderful with my children.
All in all, we were shocked at the value here. It was 25% lower than we were expecting to pay for a meal of this quality.
One more thing- the fries are great!
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