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Mt. Vernon restaurant closed 2 locations

buffet king Sep 15, 2011 12:06 PM

I heard on WBZ radio today that the Mt. Vernon restaurants in Lynnfield & Revere have closed.
The Somerville restaurant will remain open. The Lynnfield & Revere restaurants closed on Sunday Sept. 11th.

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  1. hiddenboston RE: buffet king Sep 15, 2011 12:40 PM

    Too bad about the Revere location (great views from there), but that Ship location just doesn't seem to be a good one for restaurants. Consider that one of several jinxed spaces in the Boston area, I guess.

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    1. re: hiddenboston
      treb RE: hiddenboston Sep 15, 2011 01:21 PM

      Back in the day, The Ship was a destination place.

      1. re: treb
        Science Chick RE: treb Sep 15, 2011 04:35 PM

        Back in that same day, salad bars made a restaurant a destination! :0

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          galleygirl RE: Science Chick Sep 15, 2011 07:23 PM

          Oh no, hunney, that was _before_ salad bars! I requested that my parents take me there for my tenth b'day....And that was 40mumble years ago...;)

          1. re: galleygirl
            itaunas RE: galleygirl Sep 15, 2011 07:44 PM

            I was impressed that Mt Vernon in Revere was still serving Seafood Newburg (impressed with the novelty, not the execution) as that is a true blast from the past. The only thing remotely similar is the Lobster Savannah at LO. Did like the Revere location, but not so much the pre-shucked and washed bivalves. From what I saw each location was pretty different (lobster specials inconsistent, different management/services) so it never clicked very well as a chain and I think Somerville is a step up from Revere.

            Mt Vernon Restaurant
            14 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

            1. re: itaunas
              galleygirl RE: itaunas Sep 27, 2011 01:12 PM

              Uh oh; preshucked and washed sounds like the preshucked and washed frozen ones you can buy from US Foodservice....

              1. re: galleygirl
                treb RE: galleygirl Sep 27, 2011 01:30 PM

                As their price point per entree, whatelse can you expect?

            2. re: galleygirl
              Science Chick RE: galleygirl Sep 16, 2011 07:39 AM

              Hey, we are of the same "genre"! Yes, I remember at that age I thought the bees knees was an Italian restaurant that served Fettucine Alfredo.....so novel compared to red sauce! ;)

              1. re: Science Chick
                treb RE: Science Chick Sep 16, 2011 11:11 AM

                Oh my, what have I done, next it'll be Arine Woo Woo giving away 45's at the??? help me out guys, my gray matter just seized! The Adventure Car Hop!!!!

                1. re: treb
                  threedogs RE: treb Sep 16, 2011 11:32 AM

                  Yes! Arnie Woo-Woo Ginsberg!! On my nifty transistor radio, held right up to my ear to really listen in... :D Back then, wasn't there only something like six or seven restaurants that even existed in the whole Greater Boston area?

                  Come to think of it, three of them are still around, and are all on Rte. 1: Kowloon, Hilltop & the Continental (was amazed recently when driving by to see that the Continental was still there). What a trio, lol!! Ugh... (on the other hand, I am SO tempted to go to the Continental to see if it's the same...but don't think I really want to take one for the team).

                  1. re: threedogs
                    catsmeow RE: threedogs Sep 16, 2011 06:31 PM

                    Myself and several friends really like the baked stuffed lobster at the Continental. It's one of our favs.... 21/2 lbs with a ritz cracker/chunks of lobster meat stuffing. They still come around with lots of freebies including popovers.

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                      threedogs RE: catsmeow Sep 16, 2011 07:57 PM

                      Oh, I think I'd really like to try it out. Was thinking today - I used to go to all three with my parents when I was a teen - but the Continental was different. I actually *liked* that restaurant as a teen (usually teens dining w/parents means torture - for both, haha!) I can't remember what I ever ordered - most likely some sort of shellfish, since it was 'beef, chicken or fish' back then - but it was those appetizers & the popovers that won me over (and my mom).

                      I read some of the descriptions (mostly on Yelp) about how nothing there has changed; now that both my parents have passed on, it might actually be kind of touching to dine there again. I love, love that old style, baked stuffed lobster, but I can't see me being able to afford it. However - good ol' baked stuffed shrimp might be decent (I hope!!)

                      If & when I decide to go, I'll certainly report back.

                      I'd really like a flash from the past (but with good food, of course)!

                      1. re: threedogs
                        RichardinJP RE: threedogs Sep 19, 2011 05:01 AM

                        I rediscovered the Continental about 3 years ago. And indeed, little has changed (some of the waitresses have been there 25+ years). The "free appetizers" include bean dip and cottage cheese with assorted crackers; corn fritters; chicken wings; spinach pie; and the luscious popovers. The baked stuffed lobster is terrific but expensive ($40+). My husband usually gets the baked stuffed shrimp and has always been pleased with his choice. This is not gourmet dining, but it is nostalgic and predictably good. We are now treated as family by our favorite waitress, Carol.
                        The lobster (21/2# or larger if you dare) is stuffed with a butter drenched ritz cracker stuffing (as it the baked stuffed shrimp) and large chunks of the claw meat. It has always been cooked perfectly. Served with rolls, a salad, choice of potatoes (go with the delmonico potatoes) and steamed vegetables, there is always enough left for a small lunch for the two of us. The prime rib is another choice that has never failed to please. For a true nostalgic experience, begin the meal with a sidecar (orange slice and cherry, of course).

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                          threedogs RE: RichardinJP Sep 19, 2011 05:34 AM

                          Oh, thank you so much for such a nice review! That's just the experience I hope for - and from your description, the baked shrimp will serve me well!

                          Is there a best time and/or day of the week to go there?

                          1. re: threedogs
                            treb RE: threedogs Sep 19, 2011 06:51 AM

                            Sounds pretty good and you may be entering a time warp back to the 60's!

                            1. re: threedogs
                              RichardinJP RE: threedogs Sep 19, 2011 08:15 AM

                              I go on a Sunday afternoon. I am not sure if the appetizers are available every day of the week, but they definitely are on a Sunday.

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