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Nantasket in the off season

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Pegmeister Feb 5, 2012 05:46 AM

I think many of us forget about Nantasket once the cold weather comes around so when I had the day off on Wednesday and it was almost 60 degrees it was time for a drive. I ended up settling into Schooners where the bar was filled with locals by 12;30 and we grabbed one of the hightops where we could look out at the ocean. I haven't been here in ages and I don't know why. Great friendly staff and a huge menu even in the off season. I went with lazy man lobster that came with mashed potatos and corn. The waitress said they had the best mashed potatos which I thought was kind of funny because she never mentioned the lobster, which by the way was sweet and covered with ritz crackers crumbs and served with a side of butter. DH had some coconut shrimp that he declaired deliciousand we had a side of onion rings that were some of the best I've tasted in awhile. They were thin rings, fried til golden and nicely crisp while the onion flavor still came through. It got me to thinking, that I haven't seen lazy man lobster on too many menus lately.

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    libertywharf Feb 5, 2012 01:52 PM

    Follow the nantasket hotel on twitter and Facebook. They are having some great dinner specials.

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      Pegmeister Feb 5, 2012 02:21 PM

      Is that the same as the Clarion Hotel? I saw a reference to a Paragon Grill which I'm assuming is relatively new.

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        libertywharf Feb 5, 2012 02:55 PM

        Yes, the clarion is now the nantasket hotel and falls under the same ownership as the buckminister hotel in kenmore square.

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        CocoDan Feb 6, 2012 06:55 AM

        "Follow the nantasket hotel on twitter and Facebook", but don't go in. The food (and cocktails) are horrible. This is the last place in Hull/Nantasket you want to eat. Even Jakes and Bridgman are better, and I'm not a big fan of theirs either. Stick with the constant winners; Saporrito's, Mezzo Mare and Schooners. Can't miss with these three.
        Enjoy,
        CocoDan

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          libertywharf Feb 6, 2012 04:33 PM

          Saporitto's is good but way over priced. The nantasket hotel has a big bank roll behind it and using the restaurant as a loss leader to try to keep the rooms full. I think you will like it there.

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            Pegmeister Feb 6, 2012 06:24 PM

            Hey Dan, I totally trust your opinion knowing how much you like the Fat Cat! I'm wondering about the Paragon Grill in the sense that it sounds like it just opened within the last six months? It sounds like it is being run by the hotel, and I'm not sure if the chef is established. Is this a case of a new spot still on shaky legs or does it just not show potential? I haven't heard any buzz about it and I work with some people who live in the area.

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              CocoDan Feb 7, 2012 06:28 AM

              We ate there twice at the invitation of friends. Not good. Would avoid going again. Shakey legs is an understatement. It's not a comfortable room. Sort of thrown together. Weird atmosphere. Most hotel food is, well, hotel food. This is not the Four Seasons.
              Sorry,
              CocoDan

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                C0C0BEAN Feb 7, 2012 06:29 AM

                The Paragon Grill opened last spring. They had a rough start and some service problems over the summer. Service and food has improved. They have an interesting beer and wine list, for Hull.

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                  libertywharf Feb 8, 2012 09:25 AM

                  You confuse me. First you say the place is horrible and then you say the place has improved. You don't say you been there in your first post then you say you've been there twice. I never go back to a place when I have had a bad experience. Sounds like you were there when it first opened and your review is out dated.

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                    CocoDan Feb 8, 2012 09:31 AM

                    Are you sure you're responding to the right post? I never post a comment on a restaurant I've not been too. Sounds like you're confusing COCOBEAN for
                    "CocoDan". Reread my two posts.
                    Oy,
                    CocoDan

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                      C0C0BEAN Feb 8, 2012 03:13 PM

                      Sorry for any confusion. I'm just a hull resident, that wants to see local restaurants do well. I like the paragon grill but think it has had some growing pains.

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                        Pegmeister Feb 8, 2012 03:42 PM

                        What else do you enjoy in the area? I have Monday off and I'm thinking of going back to Schooners. At one point, I thought about the newer place on the rocks, Beachfire? I did hear some negatives about it though. Also wondering about Meza Mare as I haven't been there in quite awhile. I wrote off Red Parrot ages ago, but who knows maybe they've made a come back?

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                          C0C0BEAN Feb 9, 2012 07:08 AM

                          Beachfire is closed. And is up for sale again. Toast is great but closed on Mondays as is Dalat. Dalat has a great tuna pizza.
                          I like Bridgemens for lunch but avoid it for dinner.
                          Mezzo Mare is good but go in a small group.
                          I haven't been to the Red Parrot in a long time. Too many bad experiences but they
                          have a new chef and have been getting good buzz.
                          Barefoot bobs has decent food but the inside can be pretty depressing.
                          Hull's Kitchen is seasonal but had really good abet small fish tacos.
                          I would go to the paragon grill on a Tuesday night if you want to try it. They have a 2 for 29 special including wine, they have a specials they are more interesting than some of the regular menu.
                          If you're in hull before 5, try Weinberg's in Kenberma for a lobster tail. Coffee is great in he morning but can be cold in the late afternoon. Tea or espresso is a saver bet.
                          Daddy's pizza is thin crust. I find the sauce to be sweet. Riva might not be open for lunch but the short rib pizza some thing to try.

                          I really like Lobster Express for take out

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                            Pegmeister Feb 9, 2012 08:05 AM

                            Thanks for the update! You have a few places listed that I hadn't heard of so I'll do a little more research. I'll keep Hull's Kitchen in mind for warmer weather, after a recent trip to San Diego I discovered I really like fish tacos. That short rib pizza at Riva sounds quite good.

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                              SeaSide Tomato Feb 10, 2012 11:36 AM

                              RE: Beachfire--Dear Lord-why cannot any resto make it in that astounding location!!??!!!

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                              CityPork Feb 9, 2012 10:12 AM

                              Yeah, Beachfire is closed and for sale. I think your best bet for a Monday would be Schooner's. Besides the hotel, Bob's and Daddy's I think it's the only place open too. I live in Hull and eat at Schooner's the most out of all the places in town.

                              There is a new pizza place at L street called Wise Guys. Haven't tried it yet, but there is a whole wheat pizza option so it sounds like it's not a typical pizza place.

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                                Pegmeister Feb 12, 2012 06:41 AM

                                Have to revamp my plans a bit, according to Facebook, Schooners doesn't open until 3:00 on Mondays. So, now I'm thinking a glass of wine and maybe an appetizer at the Snug, play some Keno and then head to Schooners for a lobster or fried clams.

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                                  C0C0BEAN Feb 12, 2012 10:29 AM

                                  That's weird. I'm pretty sure Schooners opens at 11:30. My husband is a big fan of their French dip and fries. If you're going to Hingham, try the Square Cafe for lunch. Get Nona's ice cream and then walk it all off at the beach.

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                                    Pegmeister Feb 12, 2012 11:03 AM

                                    I just called them when I saw your message and they said 11:30. Yea!! Schooners is back on. Thanks.

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                        libertywharf Feb 8, 2012 09:04 AM

                        Peg:
                        I merely suggested the nantasket for a place to get a decent bite for a reasonable price. The place is very nice and not crowded. Of course if you want an established chef, then you would need to find another place. Are there any established chefs in nantasket during the winter?

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                          Pegmeister Feb 8, 2012 10:45 AM

                          Liberty, I totally appreciate your suggestion. I was just trying to get a feel for what the Paragon Grill was like. I hadn't heard any buzz and wasn't sure if it was just a hotel restaurant in which they hired a kitchen staff, or if someone who was more established had taken over the kitchen.

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