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We've chosen Durgin Park - not Anthony's Pier 4

newtofood Feb 26, 2009 11:49 AM

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?

  1. Bob Dobalina Feb 26, 2009 11:58 AM

    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.

    1. almansa Feb 26, 2009 12:39 PM

      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.

      1. c
        chowfamily Feb 27, 2009 06:05 AM

        Go with prime rib and add fried oysters as an alternative, and they'll remember this rehersal dinner.

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        1. re: chowfamily
          mwk Feb 27, 2009 06:19 AM

          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.

          1. re: mwk
            galleygirl Feb 27, 2009 06:23 AM

            I'm going to disagree here...The twin salmon steaks have always been my go-to dish there...Only people who don't really like fish like scrod...;)

            1. re: galleygirl
              Infomaniac Feb 27, 2009 10:03 AM

              This probably deserves it's own topic, but I've lived here all my life and have heard so many different meanings for scrod. Does anyone know what it really is these days?

              1. re: Infomaniac
                almansa Feb 27, 2009 10:16 AM

                whitefish catch of the day - once cod, haddock or pollock - now usually small, young cod.

                1. re: almansa
                  StriperGuy Feb 27, 2009 12:10 PM


                2. re: Infomaniac
                  ScubaSteve Mar 3, 2009 05:53 AM

                  scrod is an immature cod or, less frequently, haddock.

                  1. re: ScubaSteve
                    Infomaniac Mar 3, 2009 06:32 AM

                    Was at an event at UNH this past weekend and one of the choices was scrod which I was told was actually Cusk. Tasted like cod, and it had a chewy texture similar to that of monkfish but not as firm.

              2. re: mwk
                qianning Feb 27, 2009 06:28 AM

                much agreed on the indian pudding. their fish chowder (personal preference over clam), and when they have it oyster stew are also "real yankee".

            2. t
              treb Feb 27, 2009 09:20 AM

              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.

              1. Karl S Feb 27, 2009 02:49 PM

                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.

                1. aadesmd Feb 28, 2009 05:15 PM

                  Really good choice. I love the prime rib, oysters, Indian pudding, and if they have it, their braised lamb shank.

                  1. g
                    gafferx Feb 28, 2009 05:56 PM

                    I cannot speak for what they do today......
                    But in 1994 or so I had their bone in prime rib and it was the best.
                    It was 17$ back then

                    It was a memorable meal and I do commit to memory such things

                    1. g
                      gafferx Feb 28, 2009 06:00 PM

                      Your out of towners will also like the area around Durgin better than Anthony's. Lots of down towny things to see nearby

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                      1. re: gafferx
                        chowfamily Mar 3, 2009 03:49 AM

                        Concur that Durgin Park is better for diner, but if you want to try Anthony's as well, sit at the bar, have some wine and popovers,and enjoy the view.

                      2. k
                        kate used to be 50 Mar 3, 2009 05:09 AM

                        Glad we have steered you away from Pier 4.

                        I would just like to add that for people like myself who can not eat meat, you may want to have a pasta entree offering also. Not that it will be memorable foodie choice, but it will be better than having paid for prime rib and the person can't eat it.

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