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Jan 10, 2008 04:51 PM

Essy's Carriage House Restaurant -- Arlington -- Lee Hwy at N. Quincy St.

Through my many years living in Arlington I've often wondered what Essy's Carriage House Restaurant was like. We can't find anyone we know that has ever been there, but the place seems to somehow survive. Has anyone ever been? What was the food and atmosphere like? Is it worth trying at least once?



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  1. I was there once a long time ago. Steaks, chops, and roasts. Staid menu, surprisingly expensive. Food prepared with no paticular skill.

    But I see they put up a new sign about a year ago....

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    1. re: Steve

      ditto steve's post! has linen tablecloths and resto silverplate. always struck me as expensive for what you got. stinky bar in back (?) you have to walk through from parking lot. "essy" is somewhat friendly (but seems like that could turn on a dime!)

      they are sitting on some pricey real estate, for certain.....
      someone in mgmt/ownership has a corvette (now THAT is true hound-sleuthing for ya! ;-)

      i live about a mile and a half from there, and haven't been in years, since an elderly friend who liked the place took me for brunch on a sunday.

      i've never suggested mr. alka go. maybe it has changed to make it a "destination," but i SERIOUSLY doubt it.

      1. re: alkapal

        I have never been in, but I drive by it regularly. Mostly seems to cater to the senior citizen crowd by the looks of the folks I mostly see entering - not that there is anything wrong with that. It has the appearance of a place that was probably the best in the area about 20 years ago, but which time has left behind.

    2. I recall a "Relish Plate" with cold celery and canned black olives. "Vegetable of the Day" was canned green beens left on the stove all day. And my "Chop?" came with a round slice of those red/pickled/stewed/sweetened/whatever apples that I haven't seen in decades and an enormous sprig of parsley.

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      1. re: Pappy

        Yes, yes, yes, you have quite the memory. How funny. The place was a real time capsule. Nowadays.... Who knows?

        ... and it wasn't flat Italian parsley, either. It was that stuff made out of rubber that can be washed, dried, and reused.