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suzannajoy | Nov 20, 2005 11:16 PM

Had dinner on Friday at Little River Inn. The Calamari was really good and the Brie and Fruit was OK as appetisers. Entrees ordered were Petrale Sole, Braised Short Ribs, andJumbo Lemon Prawns. The short ribs and sole were very good and the shrimp average, only five on the serving and couldn't taste the lemon. Dinner was at Stevenswood on Saturday. Save your time and money! We waited at the door of the restaurant for 20 min. before anyone even made note of our presence. We were seated about 40 min. past our reservation time and then had a nose in the air waiter. We all ordered the salad with the Maytag blue cheese and pecans. For $9 we got approx. 1 cup of lettuce with 3-4 pieces each of cheese and nuts. It was hard to tell if the dressing was simply tateless or just diluted by the wet lettuce. The nut crusted salmon was very good, my brother had the 12oz. pork chop and really liked it, I had the sturgeon and it was delish. The problem I had with my $29 entre was the portion was about 6oz of fish with about 2/3 cup of crispy lentils and about 1/4 cup of very small cubes of pumpkin artfully arranged around the outside of the plate with a few pumpkin seeds. I guess I really should have said charcoal lentils as that was the burnt taste and they crumbeled like crispy ash in the mouth. My complaint was met with a deadpan face from the waiter and was told that no one had ever complained before. My daughters weren't very hungary so one had a cup of soup and the other a mushroom tart along with their salads. One said the soup was good and the other said the $14 mushroom tart was good but only four bites big.
We shared two desserts but a week later I can't even remember what they were. Our Inn Keeper said Stevenswood changed hands a few months ago, so maybe that is the problem. I just left feeling the food wasn't nearly as good as the prices were big and I won't ever be eating there again. Had lunch at Moose's and the burger and grilled blue cheese sandwich were really good. The chicken sandwich was OK.

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