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“Avoid any vegetables”

The Ponds Edge Pub & Eatery
Cuisines: American
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New England, North Dakota
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Avoid any vegetables”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

We come to this area each summer and always spend at least one happy day in Island Pond, so we're familiar with Northeast Kingdom dining options (limited, but often good to great). The Yellow Deli (a great place to eat and to see) was closed, so we tried Pond's Edge. The atmosphere and service were friendly. Very mixed reviews on the food, though. One meal and one appetizer were good; two meals were so-so; one was dreadful. All portions were mildly to very skimpy for the price. The main problem centered around vegetables past their prime. The house salad was mostly pre-mixed greens from a bag. This is a shame in summer, when there's plenty of fresh produce around. But we could have dealt with that, no problem, if it had tasted good. Either the greens hadn't been washed, or they'd started to molder a bit, or both ... definitely an off flavor. Worse, you know how those bagged mixes develop wilted slimy pieces after too much time? Well, the salad was full of them. Never met a salad we didn't like ... until this one. Didn't finish it (a first!), and prominently arrayed all the slimy leaves on one side of the plate. Waitstaff looked right at the half-eaten salad and slime, removed it without comment, and charged us the full $8 or 9 for a small bowl of rotting greens. Another diner also had off-flavored, sour onions and peppers in his dish that he couldn't eat. (And yes, we should have said something about the salad. But it was discouraging to have to point out the obvious, not to mention a primary rule of food service: don't serve the customer rotting food.)

  • Visited July 2014
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Apollo Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Good Food - Great View”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

This restaurant sits on the edge of Island Pond which is quite a large lake. The view is peaceful and beautiful. The Ponds Edge Pub is very rustic with a lot of local personality. My husband and I each had the special of day which was the best lobster salad. We have travelled throughout New England and have never had a salad like this one. Large chunks of lobster meat along with whole claws and served with hot butter and no mayo in the salad. Yum!

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Judy M
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Bedford, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
314 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Absolutely will return to this family restaurant and is great good.”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Three friends and I are making our way along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT. Island Pond feeds both the Clyde River the Nullegan River. We camped at the Brighton State Park. We decided to enjoy the local food - rather than our own cooking. The Ponds Edge Pub & Eatery was recommended by a local sports store - and so we went.

What a wonderful family oriented restaurant! The waitress was pleasant and very helpful. We noticed an kayaking hanging from the ceiling - and when we asked about it the owner of the restaurant came to our table. The kayak was part of a raffle to raise money for a local playground. We bought three tickets in appreciation for this wonderful town in Vermont and our warm welcome.

Next time we pass through Island Pond the Pond's Edge is a MUST!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank OutdoorSteveNH
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West Glover, Vermont
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“I love this place, it never disappoints!”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

I have been here too many times to count. I must say I have always had a superb meal here, and you don't go away hungry! The waitstaff is the friendliest around, and they make sure you're happy with your meal. Just a few steps from the lake, and outdoor seating is available. Family-friendly and often they have themed dinner nights, such as Hawaiian night. Great place to have a beer on tap, a homemade dessert, or a hearty meal amongst friends. They make you feel at home, and it's a place you'll return to again and again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank VTMTNGRL
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Tampa, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Decent place”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Things are pretty limited in Island Pond but all in all it's not bad place to eat. The food is consistently okay and the service is always excellent. You have to remember where you're at for this dining experience.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Larry S
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