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Shipyard Brewpub in Elliot, Maine . . .

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I’ve been going to the Shipyard Brewpub in Elliot, Maine since it opened. The name is misleading as it’s not actually a “brewpub” in that they don't brew any beer on premises, but they do offer all of Shipyard’s brews on tap, which is a plus. On our first visit, four years ago, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of their food and service. Each time we have returned (about once a year as I’m not an avid fan of their beer) the place has been updated, they added an additional dining area, next a game/function room and then an outdoor patio that is semi-enclosed. Most recently we’ve noticed flat screened TVs in every corner with volume on, so it has more of a sports pub feel to it now. With the exception of the obnoxious TVs; the place is actually well appointed and quite pleasant with dark wood and a fireplace. The service has always been very good, but the food quality has dropped considerably, in fact, you can say it’s lost its love.

I don’t know whether there’s a new chef (one cook was standing at the bar and the other was watching TV in the game room) or that they just don’t care anymore, but the food quality has diminished. My guess is that being placed smack dab in the middle of redneck hokeyville has made the owners realize that most of the locals couldn’t care a twit about food quality, they just want to be able to watch sports while they drink their beer. That's fine for the bar area, but in a dining room, TVs are a bit much. For many of the locals this place is about as upscale as it comes, which is fine, but I hate to see a place dumb itself down due to low the expectations of the Bud Lite population.

Personally, I'm not going back.

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