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Gill, MA: Gill Tavern?

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wmassnative Jan 26, 2009 07:41 AM

Has anyone been to the Gill Tavern in Gill, MA? I just heard a report of really good crab bisque and and enjoyable night out, but I'd love to hear from people on this board. It would be great to have another spot to add to the Montague-area list...

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    michla Feb 1, 2010 07:12 AM

    My husband and I had dinner there on Friday night. We ski at Mount Snow and are always looking for restaurants on our drive to Mount Snow from Boston. I saw the link to the Gill Tavern on the People's Pint website and decided to give the Gill Tavern a try. A great decision! We arrived a little after 5 and there were only a couple of tables that were not reserved-it is very popular. We sat at the bar right next to the open kitchen-great spot to see all the dinners prepared. My husband had the cup of the butternut squash bisque-delicious with a slight curry flavor. We split the gorgonzola garlic bread-perfect not too much cheese or too much garlic. He had the burger and I had the Block Island Fish Stew. I am not a fan of mussels so they asked if I wanted more fish. Delicious and warming on a cold winter night. Seems like the steak au poivre was a popular entree as well as mussels. The cheese plate looked delicious. The woman behind the bar was friendly and informative-we asked lots of questions and she made a great vodka gimlet-real lime juice and simple syrup. Definitely put it on your list and definitely make reservations.

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      Big Fat Moe Sep 9, 2010 06:07 AM

      Big Fat Moe and his entourage are heading to Gill Tavern for 1st time this evening. Will report back.

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      Gill Tavern
      326 Main Rd, A Gill, MA

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        Big Fat Moe Sep 10, 2010 05:47 AM

        Went last night. Verdict: excellent! Beautiful little restaurant in a lovely location. Country bourgeois bohemian vibe.The people who worked there were smiling and low key. Most entrees around $20/under. Also wood fired pizza and sandwiches in addition to entrees. Corn shrimp bacon chowder that was out of this world. My wife had the trout with the tastiest risotto we've ever had. My friends and I had NY strip steak. Good quality meat, perfectly done and lightly spiced with herb sauce. Nice little wine list reasonably priced. In all, a gem of a place! Make reservations and report back.

    2. Harp00n Feb 2, 2009 12:27 PM

      Amongst all you year 'round Valley-area Hounds, nobody's been there yet, including BigFatMoe? Between snowmobiling and ice fishing you people can't find the time to mosey over there? We part-time flat-landers depend on y'all to keep us abreast, ya know?
      Here's the website; http://www.gilltavern.com/

      Harp

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      Gill Tavern
      326 Main Rd, A Gill, MA

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        hollerhither Feb 2, 2009 12:54 PM

        Heyy...what can I say. It's *on the list*. :) Lately, bad weather and worse economy have discouraged much experimentation. Thanks for the link!

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          hilltowner Feb 2, 2009 01:54 PM

          Looks like we've been told. I'll get there as soon as I find someone to go with me. I don't mind eating alone, and do so quite frequently, but I don't really feel like going to Gill to do so. That's about a 45 minute drive for me. Plus the fact that I only have two nights to choose from, and they're both weeknights.

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            Harp00n Feb 2, 2009 06:18 PM

            Hey hollerhither & hilltowner,
            Ya ,I know the sugarin' equipment needs tending to and even the most inveterate back roads travelers of the area could miss this one entirely without prior knowledge of it's existence.. But think how embarrassing it would be to have some big city interloper, oh say, like Marc aka" hiddenboston" scoop you on this potential Hidden Jewel. :-)

            All the best to you both,
            Harp

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              hilltowner Mar 12, 2009 09:23 PM

              Sooo, it's been more than a month since HarpOOn called us out. Has anybody been there yet? What do you say we meet up and get this review done??!! If not, I'll try to get there next week.

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                andytee Mar 13, 2009 05:58 AM

                Haven't been, I heard the stopped doing brunch and I got a lot less interested. We've got a 5 month old and don't get out to dinner much lately.

                I am still curious - someone, go, and fill us in!

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                  hollerhither Mar 13, 2009 09:33 AM

                  With the time change and the thaw, I will definitely be getting up there soon. But sugar shackin' comes first!

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                    Harp00n Mar 14, 2009 12:42 AM

                    You're getting perilously close to me getting there first. hh. :-D

                    TIA,
                    Harp

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                      hollerhither Mar 14, 2009 02:34 PM

                      I know -- you for Gill Tavern, Moe for Frigo's. I have some splainin' to do.

                      H.

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                        Harp00n Mar 14, 2009 08:34 PM

                        Si

        2. andytee Jan 31, 2009 09:00 PM

          i haven't been, but i have several friends who are big fans of their brunch and have been trying to get me to go. if anyone tries it, report back.

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            hollerhither Jan 26, 2009 12:13 PM

            I haven't been there yet but a colleague of mine had very good things to say about it. It's from the same folks who run Peoples Pint.

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              hilltowner Jan 26, 2009 02:51 PM

              Same here. I haven't been either, but friends tell me it's great. As an aside, I am really liking how so many little restaurants are popping up in the hilltowns/tiny towns. Elmers in Ashfield, the new Green Emporium in Colrain, Gill Tavern in Gill. Maybe it's a return to the way things used to be with each town having a gathering space/tavern type thing.

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                corinnerose Feb 3, 2010 10:12 AM

                How is it possible that there is almost nothing on chowhound about elmer's? They have such good pancakes!! And they are so nice! I always get one pancake (they are HUGE) with an egg on top.

                They also serve dinner (maybe not every day?). They just make two dishes, one vegetarian, one not. I've only had dinner there once and it was sub-par, I must say, but I wouldn't rule it out.

                Has anyone else been?

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