Totally uninspiring meal at Goat Hill Grill in Beverly. Atmosphere was nice enough -- one half bar -- one half dining area. The lighting was nice and with tablecloths on the tables.
My wife and I split a fried artichoke with garlic aioli appetizer. The artichokes were, perhaps to be expected, out of a can or jar. The aioli was pretty tasty though.
My wife had an entree sized version of the wild mushroom ravioli in a gorgonzola cream sauce (they were out of the vegetable lasagna). It was a generous portion, but literally swimming in the thinnish cream sauce. If the dish were sauced more subtly, it could have been good (you had to pick up the ravioli and shake the excess off) -- although the gorgonzola totally overwhelmed any possible taste of the mushroom.
I had the double pork chop with a mashed sweet potato/potato. It was fairly good -- the pork chop was not dried out.
The entrees came with garden salads. Nothing special on the salads -- but they were glopped with a thick salad dressing (I had a "balsamic vinegriette" that had the consistency of a thick ranch dressing).
Overall, the restaurant seemed well-intentioned (the folks there seemed nice), but didn't quite execute. I was especially surprised with the gloppy dressing on the salad.
With a glass of wine, the bill was $49 (before tip). Probably won't be back any time soon (with other places to try after just moving to the North Shore).
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