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Multi Restaurant gift card for Manheim/Lancaster, which to pick?

Rick Jul 9, 2008 10:35 AM

I got a $30 gift card for any of the following restaurants:
1. Blue Bird Inn
2. Farmer's Hope In..
3. Quentin Tavern
4. The Cat's Meow
5. Tonys Mining Company

If you had to pick one, which would you pick? Do any of them have a good beer list? I'll eat just about anything so I have no aversions to any type of cuisine.


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    sballard RE: Rick Jul 9, 2008 01:50 PM

    I've been to all of these except Farmer's Hope. Quentin Tavern probably has the best beer list of the remaining 4, and had good pub food. Blue Bird Inn is very similar to the Quentin Tavern. Tony's Mining is a more upscale and less casual than Quentin Tavern and Blue Bird Inn. So, if you want upscale that would be the place to go, but the bill would probably be a good bit more than $30. The Cat's Meow is another Bar similar to Quentin Tavern and Blue Bird Inn, but doesn't have as extensive of a beer list. If you are just looking to spend the $30 certificate, I'd say go with Quentin or Blue Bird. I don't know if this matters or not, but I think Blue Bird is a younger crowd. Both have really nice decks though with outdoor dining. If I was going to pick one, I think I would go with Quentin.


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    1. re: sballard
      lancastermike RE: sballard Jul 10, 2008 06:33 AM

      I agree that out of that list I would choose Quentin tavern

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      Rick RE: Rick Jul 10, 2008 06:48 PM

      I ended up at Quentin Tavern. Turns out I had to spend the entire $30 all at once and I was alone. I ordered wings and the Elk dinner. The wings were just OK, not nearly enough sauce and a little on the small side, and pricey at $7.50/dozen. The elk was really good, cooked perfectly med. rare, and I got fries and steamed broccoli with it. The fries were really good and the brocolli while just plain old steam broccoli tasted fresh and was cooked perfect. The out door patio was really nice and the weather was great last night for sitting outside. Thanks for the rec!

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        sballard RE: Rick Jul 11, 2008 08:26 AM

        Glad you liked it. I think it is pretty good for pub type food. You're right about the wings, they are hit or miss. Either great, or just a little off. I have a bias towards small wings though, as I think they taste and cook up the best.

        How was the beer?

        1. re: sballard
          Rick RE: sballard Jul 11, 2008 04:53 PM

          The selection didn't impress me too much, just ended up with a Sam Adams. $3.75 and served in a plastic cup, one was enough!

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            sballard RE: Rick Jul 11, 2008 10:00 PM

            Wow, that sucks. I haven't been there yet this year, but I remember in the past sitting at the bar and it having a good selection.

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