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Uxbridge, MA: IronStone's Tavern is finally open.

They opened for breakfast & lunch yesterday, 3/19/2010. Opening for dinner 01 April. They keep the bar open now until 6:00 p.m. so that you can visit, enjoy a drink and have a look at the improvements. The breakfast and lunch menus are varied and promising. For those who have not been following its progress, this was the old Oyster Cabin restaurant on Rt. 146A (old Rt. 146), just off the Rt. 146 North exit #1.

Oyster Cabin
785 Quaker Hwy, Uxbridge, MA 01569

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  1. I hope this place works out - The Olde Oyster Cabin under Chris and Christine Phaneuf was a fine place and a mecca for good cuisine in a dearth of other eats. My wife and I had many great meals there - often sampling an assortment of appetizers in place of entrees and it worked out fine. The Douglas Historical Society often hosted their holiday dinner there and the restaurant offered great value and accommodating service at a competitive price.

    Best of luck to the new owners,


    Oyster Cabin
    785 Quaker Hwy, Uxbridge, MA 01569

    1. Fantastic!!! The whole stretch of 146 from North Smithfield to Worcester is such a dead zone for food. Beginning w/the really bad Pinelli's, and ending w/the chains in Millbury, the only things that are even possibilities in that area are Alicante, Blackstone Nat'l golf course and.....that's it I think.

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      1. re: JaneRI

        Isn't there a wine joint somewhere in there? Blanking on the name.

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          If there is a wine joint in there, PLEASE clue me in!!!

          1. re: JaneRI

            I was a bit off. I was thinking of Vintage, in Woonie, but that's not all that close to 146, is it?

            1. re: invinotheresverde

              No, not really. I'm pretty much a Vintage regular, but when I need something in that NS to Worc 146 corridor, I like it to be right there.

      2. I really liked the O.C. I believe the new owners also own a breakfast place(Mom's?) so I wouldn't expect O.C. quality or theme.

        1. Finally, after driving by almost every day the doors are open! I couldn't wait to go but told my wife we should wait a couple of months and let the kinks get worked out. Well it's Easter Eve and we were hungry and decided to forgo the couple of month wait.

          We entered Ironstones and the OOC charm was replaced but still retained some of the OOC familiarity. We had to “wait to be seated” and we did wait… Finally got greeted and seated. Our waitress took our drink order while we looked over the menu. The dinner menu was varied salads, sandwiches, wrap, burgers and comfort food (chicken pot pie, meatloaf, Sheppard’s pie, American Chop Suey).

          My wife was craving Eggplant Parm, luckily for her it was one of the specials. I settled for the Virginian (basically a ham sandwich with lettuce, tomato & mayo). We put the order in and my wife’s salad shortly followed. It was a basic side salad, lettuce, tomato & cucumber, nothing to write home about.

          After about a 25 minute wait the entrees finally arrived. I literally had to pick my wife’s jaw off the floor. It was a pile of spaghetti (not linguini or penne) with 2 cheese covered slices of eggplant (the size of silver dollar pancakes). She was beside herself. My Virginian arrived and I was taken back to my grammer school days. Ham sandwich was on Wonder Bread and the tomato was green… In Ironstones defense, my wife said that the Eggplant was delicious (she asked me to try, but if I did there’d be none left for her) and the Ham in the sandwich was above average.

          When our waitress inquired about our meal my wife explained that the dish should have been called spaghetti with eggplant. That way the person ordering it would realize that meal was pasta with a taste of eggplant, not the other way around. At that time my wife also assured Our waitress the eggplant was delicious just not the main part of the dish. She took our comment to the chef and did tell us she expected that they would give her more eggplant but no such luck.

          To my wife’s way of thinking it’s like ordering prime rib w/ two sides and when it come to the table you have a mound or mashed potatoes and 2 bites or prime rib, wouldn’t you think the dish be called mashed potatoes and prime rib?

          The wait service was average, the serve time was very poor and pricing was affordable.
          If you’re in the mood for American/pub fare drive on by Ironstones and go to Gator’s Pub.

          1. We were happy when they finally opened....and went there for breakfast a couple of weeks ago.....really good food...service was not great- watied a long time- very unorganized.
            So..last night we went for dinner....when we got there , there were lots empty seats but when someone finally noticed we were standing there we were told it would be 20-30 minutes so we went to the bar. We had barely ordered a drink and our name was called.
            The waitress came over quickly with menus ( which seemed more like lunch menus) and we ordered the prime rib ( med rare) and meatloaf. It took close to 30 minutes for the food to come and boy were we disappointed...it was the smallest piece of meatloaf I have ever seen....nasty looking beans and mashed potatoes....My prime rib was raw....I mean really raw....I had overheard the table next to us send a hamburger back 2X to get it cooked more as well....I was really disappointed as we thought it would be great to have a nice place for dinner close by....They really need to work on the whole seating people ( a hostess would be good) and the dinner presentation, cooking etc....they're not going to get much repeat business if they dont work on that stuff...

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            1. re: flash1234

              We shared their "special" shrimp cocktail": 5 opaque, white, wet shrimp atop half a cup of cocktail sauce in a sundae glass. The shrimp were pre-cooked then frozen; they must have been thawed under running water because they were flavorless sponges. It was the worst shrimp cocktail I have encountered. My wife then wisely had a green salad. I had to order the fried seafood platter: gooey, thick batter on fish that was unremarkable except for the few clams, which were going rancid.

              Perhaps I was expecting too much; we waited so long for them to open. I have heard some say that IronStone's is okay for breakfast and lunch. I would sooner go to Hannah's next door if I had to eat in the area. Thank goodness I don't have to.

            2. My mother and I went there today (Patriots Day) with my grandmother who has a walker. First I wasn't impressed that their front entrance has two step up's. Not handicap accessible friendly. If there was a handicap entrance..it might have been on the side but if it was, it was not clearly visible or marked. My grandmother still made it in but it was definitely an inconvenience.

              Once inside one of the first things I noticed was that there are two booths right near the entrance. Although it was a fairly nice weather day I'm not sure how people sitting in those booths so close to the entrance enjoy the "closeness" of others standing/waiting to be seated and the whoosh of air every time the door opens. We were seated right away. Our waitress greeted us right away with items they did not have as they were waiting on their delivery truck. I'm glad she told us but a little disappointing. I ordered a Hawaiian burger, the other entrees at the table were the shepards pie and a veggie sandwich. Sandwiches and burgers come with fries, coleslaw and banana peppers. I found the banana peppers a strange item, I mean, I like them when I get them on my sub at Subway, but I've never seen a restaurant serve them as a small side dish with a sandwich. We kept busy at the table with a little game that was on the table but it was not a full house...the wait seemed a bit long. My Hawaiian burger was definitely lacking in the prep area...the pineapple was chunk pineapple, not a slice. My two tomatoes were quartered, like what you'd find on a salad, not sliced. My burger was also definitely not medium well but I was so hungry I didn't feel like sending it back. My burger lacked the mayo it said it was to come with along with the banana peppers and coleslaw. My mothers plate was also lacking the bp and coleslaw. We had to ask the waitress for all those items. My mothers veggie sandwich had the grilled veggies but came with an out of the bag sub roll. She thought it was supposed to be grilled. The people behind us complained about the same thing. My mother thinks they are just working out the kinks but I live a half hour away and probably won't make the trip back. The waitress was very friendly and accommodating. Prices were good but they really need to pay more attention to food prep.

              1. Drove by yesterday and the place is up for sale.... Be nice if the Cabin re-opened....

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                1. re: MarkRI

                  Not surprised that didn’t work out for them. That location is not a destination by nature so it would have to have something above average to pull in someone getting off Rt 146 or driving through the area. It doesn’t sound like there is anything on that menu that couldn’t be found in every kitchen in Uxbridge or Douglas.

                  It is a shame as the OC used to be a draw from what I remember (I never ate there).

                  1. re: River19

                    But that's just the problem....there is very little in that entire corridor from North Smithfield to Worcester. Alicante but a bit far off the road. Blissful Meadows & Blackstone Nat'l golf courses w/restaurants. That nondescript Italian place in downtown Douglas. Chains in millbury. Even if the menu was nothing special....tasty food would definitely do well in that location.

                    1. re: JaneRI

                      Which is exactly why that place is going down the crapper………..I wouldn’t use anyone’s money to buy a ham sandwich on regular white bread or watery pasta with 2 slices of eggplant parm etc.

                      If and I mean IF someone was serving good fresh food at a reasonable value (preferably without the Sysco truck involved) the location could draw enough to pay the bills.