Saturday, July 17, 2010

Maggie's On The River

My wife wanted to try out Maggie's for the first time tonight, mainly because of the view of the Black River, since we had heard mixed reviews about the food and service.  We were quite pleasantly surprised by our experience, however.

Upon arrival, we noticed a lot of people around and figured out that there was some sort of whitewater event going on nearby, so we weren't sure how busy the restaurant would be.  As it turns out, it was fairly busy but there was no wait.  We were directed immediately to a table on the second floor; unfortunately, the second floor was not air conditioned, and we found out from our waiter that the windows could not be opened because there were no screens in them.  Luckily, it was not too hot up there or we would have instantly taken our leave.

The decor is much the same as with the previous owners - brick walls with visible plumbing and ventilation and dark wood furniture - not fancy but kind of cool.  It's fairly noisy in there too, due to a lack of insulated walls, but not overwhelmingly so.

Our waiter was quite good - attentive, but not bothersome - and our only complaint was that he did not ask us for coffee or dessert when we were done with our dinners.  It was fine, however, since we were ready to leave.  He made one nice recommendation for us: fried mozzarella (not mozzarella sticks) for an appetizer.  This dish consisted of four slices of mozzarella, hand battered and nicely deep-fried.  They had just the right crispiness, without being too thick or too greasy, served with marinara on the side, and the perfect size for sharing.

Our salads were excellent.  My wife thought hers was as good a salad as she's ever had, with one little complaint - it was not very cold.  I don't know if that was intentional or if it had just sat out too long.  Her honey mustard dressing was very good, and the mustard was a little bit spicier than the usual.

My dinner was a hand-battered fried haddock that was pretty good. It would have been better if it had been fried at a higher temperature, though, to make it more crispy and a bit less oily.  But, I liked the taste and just a thin coating of batter was used, which I prefer.  Katherine had a grilled Buffalo chicken flatbread which was excellent and a very nice sized portion.  She had enough left over for lunch tomorrow.

Overall, we liked Maggie's. The food was better than we expected and the service was much better than expected.  We will definitely be returning, but perhaps on a cooler night, given the lack of air conditioning upstairs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A very well written review, and I can't wait to try it out. If I stays open that long.