We've chosen Durgin Park - not Anthony's Pier 4
After reading all of your snarky and informative comments, we've decided to book our rehearsal dinner with Durgin Park. Not a foodie destination, but something the out of towners will hopefully appreciate.
My next question is whether it's sacrilege to not offer the prime rib as an entree choice. Thoughts?
Snarky: You mean there are other entree choices?
Informative: In my opinion, it is not sacrilege, but the prime rib is one thing they seem to do consistently well and for which they are well-known, so some of your guests may be a little disappointed.
Why don't you see if they'll do a smaller portion for your party? Otherwise can you get a pre-order with the invitation? Then you are giving the restaurant a heads up on how much to prepare.
The Prime Rib is the best thing on their menu. Other items that are good, are the Yankee Pot Roast, the New England Boiled Dinner, and the Boston Baked Schrod.
I'd stay away from most of the rest of the menu, especially the Italian items and the broiled seafood dishes.
And definitely offer the Indian Pudding as a dessert option. That's the reason I go there...for Prime Rib, clam chowder and Indian pudding.
The PR ias a no brainer, probably the best of the menu. Add some raw oysters and clams and you probably got the best of DP.
The advice you are getting about what's good is very good. DP historically has done some things very reliably, and at better value than many others. Stick to those - think Yankee food, which is a restrained appreciation of simple food cooked forthrightly and without much fuss.