For many years, my wife and I and my wife's parents have shared our wedding anniversaries with a dinner at a good restaurant. (We share the same date!) We've eaten at restaurants across New England. This year we had our anniversary dinner at The Village Tavern in West Kennebunk, Maine. We went on a Sunday evening in late September around 6:00 p.m. and got one of the last available tables. The dining room is welcoming. We were warmly greeted and seated, and told the name of our waiter. He brought us the menus and wine list and reminded us of the specials for the evening. (The specials are also listed on a blackboard as we entered the restaurant. Our lovely brides drink white wine so we ordered a bottle of the Esperto Pinot Grigio ($25). There are plenty of good choices for salads, appetizers, and dinner. Two of us had the spinach salad and my wife had the braised Romaine salad each with a blueberry vinaigrette - both salads were very good and both were prepared in unique ways. For dinner two of us ordered the evening's special: lamb shank with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables; one of us had the seafood stew - including lobster - with a sweet potato tambale side dish; and one of us had the seafood linguine - including large shrimp, large scallops, and mussels - with fra diavolo sauce (I'm not a big fan of clams and asked if the dish could be served with mussels instead of clams = no problem) and the porcini mushrooms and onions side dish. (All entrees come with a side dish - and there are a variety of side dishes). We thoroughly enjoyed our entrees and side dishes. They came to the table hot; they smelled good, looked good, and, most importantly, tasted good! Prices ranged from $18 for the lamb shank special, $19 for the seafood linguine, to $21 for the seafood stew (I think this was the most expensive entree on the menu). For dessert we shared two brownies with a large scoop of home-made chocolate ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce ($6.50). Yummy! Our waiter was pleasant, helpful, without hovering. Total for the four of us was just under $150.00 not including tip. A very fine meal and a lovely way to celebrate anniversaries! (We should mention that The Village Tavern does not take reservations so plan accordingly).
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