My family and I arrived at The Boon Island Ale House, “BIA”, a little desperate. If we had not been in the situation we were in then we never would have eaten here. It just so happened that we had been driving around Wells looking for a place to eat, because we had plans to go to another nice area restaurant, but learned it was closed on Tuesdays. After driving around we found that there were many other restaurants closed. I don’t know if it’s like this all year in Wells or if it’s because technically early/ mid-June is still considered the offseason. When we arrived at "BIA" it was getting late and the kids, 2, 4 and 6 years old were hungry. My brother and I went in to check out how kid friendly the place would be. His thoughts were, “it’s an Ale House, how fancy could it be?” We found out. The dining room had white table clothes, leather chairs and sofas with pillows on them. The décor was nautical with a few fancy model ships. It’s definitely not the place you would want to take 3 young children. We asked the hostess if they could accommodate a party of 8 with 3 children. She said it would be no problem, because they were not very busy and surprisingly she handed us a children’s menu. They also had pages printed up of sea creatures for the kids to color. The hostess was very nice and we decided to try it rather than drive into Ogunquit looking for someplace else.
When we were seated the waitress came for our drink order. She never told us of any specials. She never told of about their beers or about any of their other drinks. There was no wine list or beer list. Most places that present themselves as an Ale House want to promote their own beer and have a pairing of beers and wines with their food. Our waitress disappeared a lot, and it was almost an hour from when we ordered our food to when it arrived. When we did see our waitress again we asked about a possible beer sampler. She brought us one and we found out why they do nothing to promote their beers. They were not very good. By now we were all very hungry and despite everything if we had some good food all would be forgiven, but much like the beer most of the food was a best mediocre with one surprising exception.
When the food finally arrived we should have been expecting what we got. Let’s start with the kid’s meals. My 2 year old niece got a bowl of pasta off the kids menu. It came in a giant bowl with what had to be at least a half-pound of linguine tossed with what tasted like an unseasoned can of diced tomatoes. My kids got the chicken fingers which were overcooked, dry, unseasoned and inedible, but they did come with some really good fries. We gave them some of my niece’s pasta and they didn’t really like that either and I couldn’t blame them. I had the seared scallops; it is described as “Scallops pan seared with sweet pea and potato hash mustard vinaigrette”. The scallops were not seared they were in fact burned around the edges and the hash was undercooked and under seasoned. The sweet potatoes had a raw crunch with each bite. I'm not sure if this was by design or unintentional. My brother got a Caesar salad with a side of boneless buffalo wings. The salad dressing was flavorless and the wings were the same chicken fingers the kids had, but were coated in a tradition buffalo wing sauce that was not half bad. My mother was happy with her house steak. My wife and sister-in-law both got the Gnocchi. It was in fact absolutely delicious. I will give "BIA" credit for their large portions. There was so much they shared it with everyone at the table and we all loved it. The kids liked it so much it was pretty much all they ate. When all was said and done we paid a lot of money for 2 bowls of Gnocchi that everyone nibbled on, a good steak, some good fries, an average Caesar salad and boneless wings, burned scallops, some bad beer, and a couple kid’s dinners no one really liked.
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