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Yankee Pier -- A Bradley Ogden Strikeout

StraightTalk Gourmet | Nov 11, 200209:37 AM

Was very excited to try Yankee Pier this past weekend, but walked away extremely disappointed. Yankee Pier's concept fills a tantalizing niche for those of us transplanted New Englanders who long for the taste of lobster roll sandwiches and Ipswich clam strips. Yankee Pier's problem, however, is that it charges premium prices for what is essentially comfort food without actually giving you a product worthy of the premium price.

My wife's fish and chips consisted of 3 small, fingers of fried fish and a heap of french fries that consisted mostly of over-fried, charred potato nubs. For $14, I think I have a right to expect some fluffy, unbroken fries rather than stuff so small and crisp as to be inedible. Only good part of the dish was some cole slaw that was outstanding.

My lobster roll ($18) was tasty but unremarkable. Yankee Pier does a nice job in mimicking the toasted hot dog bun that marks an authentic lobster roll sandwich. However, as with the fish and chips, at the premium price point (WELL above what you'd pay in New England for the same item), the customer has a right to expect something a little more than average. When you adjust the expectation for the prie of the product, the Lobster Roll sandwich was a bit of a disappointment.

Service was terrible. The waitress was hardly ever around her tables so it was difficult to get her attention in the event something was needed. I had to make two trip into the kitchen area just to hunt down some lemon wedges and some ketchup. The waitress also forgot to bring me my beer, which is a major loss when eatng a lobster roll sandwich.

The only ohter positive -- besides the cole slaw -- that I can cite is that the restaurant does go out of its way to be kid-friendly. This will be a major bummer to those of you without kids as the place is crawling with them. However, if you have a youngster, they have plenty of high-chairs, a sandbox, and crayons. However, I suggest you avoid Yankee Pier based on the high prices, barely average food, and indifferent service.

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