Most Over-Rated New England Shoreline Restaurant
I was reading the thread on worst places to eat on the Cape and thought why not expand it to worst, most over-rated place to eat on vacation on any shoreline or lake-side from CT to Maine. It could be just your experience or as usual a Chowhound shaking his/her head in annoyance at a popular recommended spot that is not up to the hype ( usually such a recommendation comes from friends, co-workers or family like for example being advised that Chi Chi's has fantastic Mexican food, on par with true Mexican food out West, but actually it's frozen preprepped food).
Thanks Truffle... About 10 years ago I spent a couple of days in Ogunquit ME and thought the restaurants I ate out were more misses than hits ( breakfast aside). But that was 10 years ago and I can't recall the names of the handful of places we went. It left an impression though. Nice town/area however.
I'll second Landfall in Woods Hole. I had one of the worst meals of my life there, and it was seriously expensive as well. The service was as bad as the food--my husband and I decided that the waitstaff never came back to check on their tables to avoid the inevitable complaints. But the view was lovely!!
Red Pheasant, Dennis: Once was too much. We visited after hearing & reading their hype for ages. Reserved a table on an off-season week night. The milling staff were not overextended, yet service was minimal and uninterested. The gummy-skinned baked duck was not the crisp-roasted bird touted on the menu. I foolishly let myself be upsold on a bottle of wine by the waiter/sommelier; he praised a Volnay (if memory serves) from a Clos unknown to me.
I have always been fond of a decent Burgundy. What we were served was tired, thin and ill-kept; it was a sangria-base wannabe. When I complained, the waiter insisted that it was indeed a wonder of the vinous world and insinuated that perhaps my palate was untutored.
Other aspects were adequate, meriting neither the hype nor the prices.
I love Cape Cod, but will content myself and my miffed palate with fried clams and passable red-sauce "Italian" while getting my shoreline ozone.
905 Main St, Dennis, MA 02638