We decided to take my wife's aunt out for Sunday lunch and chose to stay local, so we went to the Porthole Pub. We've been at this location many times, so decided, why not?
We were seated immediately without reservations, and the restaurant was not busy. We were given the regular menu and a menu with a broad array of luncheon specials, and a basket of fresh, moist Italian bread with butter.
Our order was taken fairly quickly. Each entree came with a choice of vegetable, starch, and Caesar or garden salad. The salads came out shortly after ordering, and were fresh and crispy with good dressings, even though it looked like about a cup of greens spread thinly on a chilled plate.
Our group ordered a variety of seafood, beef, and chicken. I had the fried chicken plate, and it was very tasty except for when I encountered a small hunk of chicken fat lodged inside some fried goodness. French fries and carrots rounded out my meal, and they were fine.
Everyone enjoyed their meal except my daughters. One ordered fried shrimp, and they arrived with the tails on (as well as some shell, as she said she got a "crunch" that was a little unexpected on a couple of pieces, which turned her off). My other daughter got steak tips that were delicious and cooked perfectly, but some flies that troubled our table decided to land on pretty much each piece on her plate and she got "grossed out" and decided not to eat any more. My wife got swordfish which was PERFECT, and my wife's aunt got lemon pepper haddock which she liked very much. So overall, the food was "good" only because of the shrimp issue and the fly issue.
Overall our server was, as the table described, "blase." Not a fireball, no eye contact, looked like he wanted to crawl home for a nap. No problems really, but no connection at all.
Overall, I'd recommend the food here, and the value is very good for the dollar.
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