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Jan 22, 2011 04:32 PM

I wish it were better

The Grist Mill is in a beautiful location and has lovely views of the Farmington River. They have a fixed price menu for $20 which consists of a salad, an entree, and dessert. Last night I ordered the pasta with seafood in a tomato sauce. The pasta tasted like it had been cooked the day before. The sauce on it was good. But there were only a few shrimp, calamari, and mussels added to the sauce--skimpy by most standards. The salad was ice cold and the salad dressing on it had too much vinegar for the three of us. My two friends ordered the salmon. One of them said that it tasted a little fishy to begin with. We all had creme brule for dessert and it was excellentt. Our waiter was attentive, but I did not want to complain about the food because one of our friends had been there before and thought it was good. Perhaps it would be better to stick to the special entrees of the night. Our waiter listed them for us. It was a long list and he did not tell us (nor did we ask) for the price of each entree. I think it would be nice it they listed the special entrees and their prices on a piece of paper, so that we wouldn't have to have to have a photographic memory in order to remember all the details of each dish..

Grist Mill
44 Mill Ln, Farmington, CT 06032

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  1. I have to agree.
    We had a disappointing meal there as well, but this was a few years ago. I love the location but it is just not good. I had the carpetbagger filet and the sauce was broken. I was suprised that they even served it.
    When I commented about it to the server, I was told that was how their sauce looks there. I said that it clearly was broken and she said that she would check with the kitchen. When she returned, after my husband's meal was nearly finished, I was given the stuffed fulet with no sauce.
    My husband enjoyed his meal, I can't remember what he had, and we both enjoyed appetizers and salad, but not enough to warrant another visit.

    1. Great food in a great location seem to go together like Chinese food and chocolate pudding. Find a restaurant that faces a brick wall and has a waitress that looks like she eats one of the specials every night, and I'm sure your porterhouse will be a perfect medium rare and you'll be searching your tastebud roladex for whatever makes the chefs crabcakes the most wonderful appetizer you've ever had.

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      1. re: foodwallguy

        Ain't that the truth! Anytime someone says that he or she would like to go to a restaurant with a water view, I shudder. But you had a much more colorful way of saying the same thing.