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The Continental (Saugus)

albinoni | Jun 27, 201207:39 AM

We recently made plans with some relatives who live in the Boston area to get together at a local restaurant., and they chose the Continental. As a New Jersey-based Chowhounder, I first looked on this board for any reviews, but did not see much. Looked on Yelp (reluctantly), and found lots of snarky remarks, mostly about how dated the place was, the unimaginative menu, and the age of the staff.

Well, the decor is certainly dated, in fact, it is like going back 30 years in time. And the menu is not cutting edge, by any means. But, with the exception of the salads (a typical diner salad, based on iceberg lettuce), the food is really good, and the portions leave you enough to take home an entire meal for the next day. They start you off with free apps, including chicken wings and little spinach pies, then come around with popovers which are totally addictive. As a main, I had an excellent prime rib that was done exactly as I requested, my wife had a lobster pie that was mostly claw meat--she counted 7 claws-- did not have too much breadcrumb and was not overly buttery--the lobster was exceptionally sweet and tender. Others at the table got the fish preps which I did not taste, but they said were really good. Baked Alaska for dessert was really an icecream pie, huge piece was shared by the four of us, we did not finish it, but is was just so-so.

Service was really friendly and compentent. If you want an apathethic waitperson with attitude, go elsewhere.

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