The Grille did have valet parking. We parked, took our chances, and tried to walk in without reservations. Even though the lot was full, the restaurant inside was empty. We then found out the reason. It was a bright, sunny summer day, and EVERYONE was dining alfresco on the back patio! Even though the place was full, the hostess seated us at a very nice table outdoors.
It felt great to have the sun shining down on us. The view of the harbor was okay. However, to see the harbor, you have to look beyond a very ugly parking lot. You could see the bay, but you also looked at a lot of late model cars and minivans. This was the bay that the Pilgrims landed on in 1620, and there was a sense of history and place here.
Our waitress was young and perky. She took great care of us and kept a smile and glow about her. We started out with Bloody Mary's from the bar, and they were darn good.
The kids had burgers, Chris had a salad, and I had lobster eggs Benedict. The food was good, so we had no complaints, but it was a little bit ordinary. It was what we expected with no surprises. The kids’ burgers were good, but a bit on the dry side. The Caesar salad was also plain. My lobster Benedict probably was the best choice at the table. I did take a peak at the dinner menu, and they offered the typical choices: New England chowder, lobster, scrod, and scallops. It all looked good, and from the amount of cars the night prior, I guessed popular with both locals and tourists.
The nicest part of the meal was being outside and the friendly service. I won't tell you that this is the best meal we had the trip, but there was nothing to complain about. It was a good, standard American brunch, and I would return.
September 22, 2005
From journal Plymouth Rocks