42 degrees North - Plymouth/Manomet
Had our first visit yesterday for Sunday lunch/brunch. The room is nice enough, with a large bar area framed by 2 large screen TVs. It seems to be a family friendly type of place. the menu is basic pub fare and simple American food typical for the area, but the pricing is good, preparation more than adequate, portions large, and variety is reasonable. WIll it impress the real foodies in your life? Not likely. But those of us from the Cape area that put up with 80% of the restaurants here who try to do the same thing, yet fail, will be pleased and find the short trip over the bridge worthwhile.
I opted for the brunch menu, which for $16.95 included kitchen made items like eggs your way, omelets with anything you like, french toast and many other standard breakfast items. I had the eggs benedict which were excellent. Perfectly poached eggs with just the right amount of slightly lemony hollandaise, two tasty high quality sausage and home fries. The buffet table comes with the meal and featured warm house made muffins and pastries, a toaster station with breads and bagels (seemed a little odd) a hot entree consisting of overcooked pasta, chicken, roasted tomato, and spinach, and two roasts, an excellent prime rib, and a nice honey glazed ham. A veggie or salad offering was sorely absent. A small desert tray was available although nothing too special. Surprisingly, included in the low price was unlimited entrees from the kitchen, trips to the buffet, plus coffee, tea, and juice. So, a few flaws, but good value and mostly good quality. My DW opted for a simple turkey club with seasoned fries. Fries were okay, but clearly not house made. The turkey appeared to be roasted in house, however. Big portions again and a very reasonable $9.
While there, the food we saw coming from the kitchen ensured a return trip, a very nice looking baked stuffed lobster, a few flat breads, some nice bbq wings, and broiled salmon all looked simply satisfying.
Our server was young, pleasant and efficient. Well deserving our usual 20+% gratuity. It was implied somewhere on this board that perhaps this place should be avoided as, after all, it was given a rec from The Phantom Gourmet and we all know how dubious those pesky Andelman boys are. Will the food snobs ever confuse it for fine dining? Clearly not. But is it worth a visit if you want good basic fresh food, at a reasonable price, in a clean and comfortable room? Absolutely.