Riverview, New Brunswick
March 28, 2006
The restaurant was reviewed in 2006. It changed it's name to Cody's Original Roadhouse within the next few months. McMahon’s is part of a restaurant-conference centre that is built around an older, large white house. The barn-like structure attached to the original building is the restaurant and inside is where the barn ends. The interior is extremely pleasant; it appears fairly new and is post and beam construction in blonde wood.
The main level features a bar and salad bar as well as a fair amount of seating in booths and at tables. The booths are all light pine (no cushions) and many are substantial enough to seat six to eight people. The light woods carry through to the table and chairs. The effect, with large windows, is extremely airy. There is often live entertainment and the night we ate at McMahon’s, there was a girl playing the guitar and singing.
It’s an informal restaurant in everything, including the menu, although some of the dishes are inventive as were the specials. The wine list is presented on a wine bottle which stays on the table and features a nice selection averaging about $24; all the selections are available by the glass at about $5. The menu is fairly extensive: a selection of steaks at $17 to $25, chicken and ribs, seafood (scallops, clams, a combination plate, salmon, shrimp and calamari), and even pizza.
We both selected the special… pan-seared prime rib covered with a horseradish topping. Unfortunately, since we had arrived close to 8, there was only one serving left, so my wife volunteered to have the clams. As it turned out, she was the lucky one. The prime rib was cooked to perfection, and the recipe was inventive, but it was the fattiest, most gristle-filled piece of meat I’ve ever had. Even the steak knife had a difficult time with it. The clams, on the other hand, were not particularly plentiful, but they were good. I expressed my disappointment to the waitress who informed the manager, apparently, but it was up to me to go over and talk to him. Assuring me that they guarantee satisfaction, he took the prime rib off the bill thereby leaving me with mixed feelings about the restaurant.
Mixed feelings? Well, the atmosphere was pleasant, the singer could sing, the waitress was quite nice, the salad bar was fine, the clams were good, and the coffee was good. The manager was pleasant and cooperative, but that prime rib…
From journal Winter Break: Mid-Coast Maine