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Feb 24, 2008 08:29 PM

Has anyone been to peppercorns in Pennsport?

I just moved back to the area and was wondering if it is any good.

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  1. We went the night before Valentine's Day, and I would not recommend it. When we walked in there was only one other table, finishing their dinner. Their beer list is all industrial macro brews, and their wine list is nonexistent - literally. I asked for a wine list and the disinterested server asked me whether I wanted red or white. When I said red, she asked whether I wanted chianti, merlot, or cabernet, then brought a $4 glass of sweet boxed wine.

    We started with a salad, which was actually quite good, but huge. Luckily we had ordered it to share. I believe it was butter lettuce, candied walnuts, bacon, and grilled pears, with a light blue cheese dressing. The pears were wonderful and had really just come off the grill - still warm to wilt the lettuce a bit and with actual grill marks on them.

    For dinner, I ordered short ribs, which were tough and underdone. On the side came some broccoli rabe with burnt garlic and a grilled polenta cake. My boyfriend first ordered a fish entree, but when the server put in the order the kitchen told her they didn't have any. When she came back he changed his order to a grilled duck breast with cherry sauce and grilled asparagus. It wasn't bad, but for $22 it left something to be desired.

    By the time we left two more 2-tops had come in, but for the most part we had the place to ourselves. The server was pretty disinterested in all of her customers, preferring to stand under the flat screen watching "Wife Swap" and sending text messages. Overall, I am sad to say that it was very disappointing. I was looking forward to having a good non-Italian restaurant in the neighborhood, but this isn't it. I don't think it will last very long.

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    1. re: marianne215

      There is a great non-Italian restaurant in the neighborhood, it's the Ugly American at Front and Federal.

      1. re: Buckethead

        I've only been once, the first day it was open to the public. We were a little disappointed, specifically in the beer selection, but I have heard that they've ironed out some of the (small) issues. Haven't been back since, but they've also recently installed drafts so I am looking forward to a return visit - and another garbage plate!

        1. re: marianne215

          The beer taps are installed now. Next time you go, try the 'spaghetti and meatballs', that is a great dish.