Another trip through Fredericktown and another wonderful surprise. Seems this town is demanding our attention. The logging trucks and farm equipment still rumble through, but we couldn't find a parking place on Main St. at lunch time.
With three new restaurants, it's no wonder.
I am putting Door 142 at the top of my list.
I've been to trendy neighborhood restaurants all over the country.
This pub could be a rival anywhere.
The building was hotel---a hundred years ago---with a dozen uses since.
The new owners stripped the first floor back to the sturdy brick walls, refinished beautiful floors, added a lovely bar, and a seating area of comfortable tables and chairs.
The drinks menu is more than basic with local brews on tap and bottled, as well as martinis.
The food menu is a page of quality upscale pub food with ingredients from many local suppliers. Chicken sandwich with a hot, sweet sauce that sparkled. French Dip on the freshest baguette. Meatloaf so thick it was like steak. And more.
Prices are more than fair. It was a wonderful long lunch in a comfortable setting.
We're coming back for a night of music later.
Decor is noteworthy.
The doors from the old hotel upstairs are mounted as artwork. Refinished with hardware and number plates intact, "1". "4", and "2" across the back wall---the address is 142 Main.
A collection of pass-through milk doors, refinished and framed, on another.
A huge foyer bench by the front door with locally printed pillows stacked on it.
And the bathrooms are worth a return trip. Refinished wood, bright white fixtures, artwork. Best powder room I've seen in many, many years.
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