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East Coast Grill - Jumped the shark?

Bob Dobalina | Mar 26, 2007 06:25 AM

I was a little less than enthused about this ECG visit -

Arrived at a 1/3 full restaurant and my buddy and I were initially relegated to the Lava Lounge, or whatever it is - that area of the restaurant behind the bar that is dark - the hostess tries to sell us on how great it would be to sit back there, all by ourselves, because we can get some drinks in a pineapple. Puhleeze! I picked up our menus, promptly brought them back to her and sat down at the bar.

Started with a half dozen Duxbury oysters - not that knowledgeable, but they seemed small to me. First one was right on - the second and third tasted a little off, but I am none the worse for wear.

Apps of #1 Tuna App and one wet bone - The wet bone was very good, meaty, a little bit of bite to the bbq sauce over the hoisin-y base. The Tuna app was quite boring - cubes of tuna, some sort of green underneath - some sort of oil with what looked to be cayenne sprinked within - basically no flavor - very underwhelming.

My pal got a rack of the dry-rub ribs - he was quite pleased, devouring most of them. It came without absolutely no sides and one of the bartenders must have heard him say something, because he fetched a side of slaw and a hunk of cornbread. I thought it was pretty unusual that it came without any sides, but kudos to the bartender to paying attention.

I had the "Monstrous" pork chop with sides of bacon-studded shredded brussels sprouts and pureed sweet potato. The pork chop was about 3 inches thick, but when I cut to the middle, it was very rare. I am not too knowledgeable about pork, but it looked raw to me. I asked the bartenders what they thought and they insisted that it was perfectly safe and reasonable to eat it at that level of doneness. I shrugged, ate around it mostly, and took it home - it will make a good leftover after I slice thin and cook it the rest of the way. The brussels sprouts were VERY salty - sweet potatoes were pretty ordinary but necessary given the salt of the other two parts.

I don't know why I am so down on the place the next morning - The bartenders were extremely friendly - I think they were bored. I ate well, but aside from the wet bone, there was nothing awesome, the food seemed a little ordinary. Maybe it was because of the Sunday night - maybe I ordered poorly. Just came away feeling not quite as pleased as I have been in the past. The whole thing sort of had a weird vibe about it. The banishment to the back room really set the tone, like we were undesirable customers - amazing how that can color an experience.

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