Thursday, July 9, 2009

Friday FAQs: Dining Options

Guest often ask where they should go to eat while they are in town. Of course we have our favorites but we offer a basket full of local menus for guests to read. So much depends on the day of the week (some are closed on Mondays), the time of day, and the guest's mood, budget and purpose (do they really want to propose at the clam shack or the fancy place?) Very few places will take reservations unless it is a party of six or more.

If you want to walk to dinner we suggest Cheeky Monkey, Markos Kabob, and Turtle Soup for reliably great food. PJs Pub, Crazy Burger, Trio, Basil's and Coast Guard House are also close by. Whale's Tail and the Picnic Basket deli are good choices in the Pier area for lunch.

Seafood lovers have lots of choices. Some frequent Monihan's Dock at the end of the Seawall although it isn't on my favorite list. A short drive down to Galilee for Champlin's or George's lets you debate which one is better - the locals are generally in two camps on that issue. Aunt Carrie's was selected as an American Classic by James Beard in the clam shack division and is close to another popular clam shack, Iggy's Doughboys.

Need a special place? You can never go wrong with Spain although you will have to wait for a table most evenings. Cheeky Monkey is an intimate setting with a wonderful wine list. If you want Drunken Scallops or Beef Wellington Mariner Grill offers those and much more.

Pizza? If you have the craving we prefer DB's Pizza or Pier Pizza both of which deliver for free so you can enjoy Pizza on the Porch without the hassle of crowds. Pub food? A short drive to Twin Willows or the Mew's Tavern is worth the effort. Italian? try Catarina's or Arturo Joe's for the classics.

Last, but not least, no foodie should skip a trip (or two or three) to Brickley's for the most wonderful ice cream in the county.

Needless to say, time and space won't allow me to detail every dining spot in town. Let me know if you have favorites that aren't mentioned.