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Farm to Table Restaurant in Odessa, DE [Cantwell's Tavern]

Irishmafia | Dec 18, 201105:12 PM

New farm to table restaurant opened this week in Odessa in the Historic Brick Hotel. The proprietor also owns and operates the three McGlynns Pubs in DE and the historic Deer Park in Newark, DE

Stopped by for a late bunch on my way to cut down our Christmas tree. Location has a small bar with some seating on the first floor. All other parts of the dining are original rooms with one to eight tables in each.

Configuration may be an issue. Kitchen on the first floor to the rear of the original building. All food and drink is carried up the main stairway which can place the server and customer in a precarious situation.

For the brunch, there was a Bloody Mary fixin's and syrup bar in the tavern area. Second configuration problem. Food and drink is served to the table upstairs, but customer needs to take their drink/food back down to the tavern to complete your Bloddy Mary or apply syrup to the pancakes or french toast. I like the idea, but it can be more trouble than it is worth for those not on the first floor.

Special Sunday Brunch menu and a nice, but not overbearing menu the rest of the week. Loads of domestic, craft and foreign beers and wines available.

Entrees for party of 8 next to us came out in three definitive shifts. First time at a place, we take it easy, so I just went with a simple burger, my wife and granddaughter went with a Big Breakfast which consisted of two pancakes, two eggs, sausage, bacon and potatoes. It came out in two shifts and without the potatoes. There seemed to be a lot of staff on hand, so there shouldn't be a shortage of someone to check and expedite food coming out. They need to work on it.

Waitstaff varied. Our waitress was attentive and on the ball, yet spent more time apologizing to all her tables for little things that were beyond her control. Another waitress did not seem up on her product. Brought a table a couple "samples" of local draft, but wasn't sure what she had actually brought when asked by the customer what it was.

Delivered product was good, but just warm. With the time and distance the food needs to travel, it would probably be a plus if they incorporated dish covers in the service.

And last, but not least, the bathrooms are in the basement with a handicapped facility on the first floor. The open restrooms accommodate two persons. The building is ADA compliant with a ramped entrance off the side street and a small elevator.

As noted, new restaurant with new staff. It takes a while for kitchen, waitstaff and management to mesh, they'll get there. First Saturday evening they accommodated 120 reservations, so the people know they are there.

Prices are, IMO, reasonable.


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