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Harringtons in Wakefield- I gave it a try

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Harringtons in Wakefield- I gave it a try

macca | Nov 18, 2005 08:00 AM

Have heard both good and bad reveiws of this restaurant on this board. I think most of the negative reviews were when the restaurant first opened about a year ago or so ( I could be wrong on the timing). LAst night we were out for a quick bite, and we decided to give it a try. The space is a bit odd. The front door opens right into the restaurant- no vestibule or waiting area. I would guess this would be uncomfortable if the weather was cold, or if there was any kind of wait for seating.The right hand side is the bar area, and there is a dividing wall- about 6 feet or so. Towards the front of the restaurant, the wall has two built in booths. The rest of the restaurant has two top tables against a wall- about 10 or twelve of them. I imagine they move them around as needed. The lighting is dark. I guess they are going for an Irish pub feel, but I thought the layout was a bit strange.( And not like any pub I have visited in Ireland) Whatever- on to the chow.
A basket of warm corn bread was brought to the table. Good enough, but crumbled when sliced.
We ordered a spinach artichoke appetizer to start. RIch and creamy- and served piping hot. FOr entrees we had the fish and chips, chicken fingers (for our picky teen), and a chicken dish with a whiskey cream sauce. The fish was great- thin, crispy pices of fish perfectly fried. This fish never saw the inside of a Sysco truck! I asked for the fries well done, and they were just ok. I did not try the cole slaw- too much mayo for my taste. And the tarter sauce was right out of a jar.
The Chicken dish was good, too. The chicken was moist, served with a mushroom, cream and whiskey sauce. Julienned carrots, asparagus and cauliflower were cooked al dente, with a baked potato.
The chicken fingers were pronounced "perfect", ( I did not try them). But they were hand dipped and fried to order.
I have mixed feelings about this place- it was very loud, and very dark. The entress were great- freshly made and served piping hot- the vegatables were also done well. But they missed on the little things- fries, condiments,slaw, and the entree salad was nothing special. But I think it deserves another chance.

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