had dinner at this Smith Street Americana-eastern seaboard
themed restaurant the other night, and loved it. it's not refined dining, but then it's not supposed to be. it's a red-and-white plastic checkerboard tabecloth idea kind of place (although not sure if those were actually there or not!), with pine classic ladderback chairs and red and yellow plastic mustard/ketchup bottles out on the table.
i had the rock shrimp roll and a side of sauteed spinach. the spinach was perfect, and the shrimp were VERY fresh and tasty - crispy brown, but not greasy. they were served unpretentiously on a commercial whitebread bun, which had been lightly toasted as a perfect complement. the tartar sauce was excellent, as was the cole slaw.
this is modeled on the kind of place you might find on a coastal town in Maryland ot Virginia, serving also fried chicken, collards, french fries, etc. - but much cleaner. they also have a few New England style dishe, liked baked beans and lobster rolls.
i am so glad we have a few restaurants there that do what they do WELL rather than over-reaching by trying some exotic cuisine that is not a good fit or trying to be to upscale.
any other comments?