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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Assonet Inn

16 Water St.
Assonet, MA 02702
(508) 644-2777
This place was recommended by my cousin, who spoke of the big portions she gets and the low prices she pays when she dines here. After hearing this, of course, Mom and I had to try it.
After Mom came out of a confusing meeting at her job, we headed up to Assonet. We had printed out directions from MapQuest, and lo and behold, they were actually accurate. Sometimes you really can't trust MapQuest, but this place was very easy to find. It is located off the main road in Assonet in a deeply wooded, very beautiful, area. When we first pulled up upon the place, we thought it was an old Victorian home. We then spotted the wooden "Assonet Inn" sign and quickly pulled into a side parking lot. The door for the restaurant is located back here, along with a medium-sized parking lot. We parked against the wall and proceeded to go inside via the three-step stone staircase at around 6:45 p.m.


When we walked in, we found that we were standing in the bar area. An older gentleman spotted us looking confused and asked if he could help us. Mom requested a table for two, and the gentleman led us into a beautiful dining room. We were seated across from an old fireplace and a huge jukebox in what seemed like wooden church pews with padded seats. The tables were floating so that we could move them any way we wanted to as we snuck into our booth. A blonde waitress, who was very polite - yet very busy, took our drink orders and placed two laminated paper menus on our table. Mom and I both ordered Diet Pepsi ($1.50 per bottomless glass).

We looked over the menu. I honestly don't remember seeing one item over $10. They did have some specials handwritten on a board toward the front of the dining room that could have exceeded that amount, but I really didn't check them out. The Assonet Inn has appetizers ranging from a stuffed quahog ($2.50) to a plate of steamed little necks ($7.50). For entrees they have a selection of pizzas, barbecued pork, chicken, fish and chips, sandwiches, and a list of specials that include a meat pie for $4.75, and boneless fried chicken for $8.50. Liquor is also served here, and their list is both on the back of the menu and on a stand on the table itself. On the opposite side of the stand is a list of the appetizers and their prices (which I thought was a nice touch). They also have quite a few desserts listed on the menu in case you are looking for a sweet treat after dinner. It is also clearly stated on the menu that credit cards are NOT accepted, so please make sure to bring cash, even though you won't need much of it.

When the waitress arrived with our drinks, Mom and I placed our order. She decided on the spaghetti and meatballs ($6.50), and I chose the broiled scrod ($7.50) with carrots and French fries. The waitress left our table, but quickly returned with two warm snowflake rolls and two pats of butter on a small paper plate. They were quite delicious! It may have been at this point that we noticed our Diet Pepsis had a bit of an aftertaste. It could have been that they were just flat, but nonetheless, it tasted a little off. As we nibbled on our rolls, we gazed around the dining room. Everything was made of wood. The tables, the benches, the floor, the walls, the fireplace - it was very rustic. Although the place isn't fancy, it is very dark, quiet, and peaceful - all the makings of a pleasant dining experience. There are no tablecloths on the table, but they do have the paper place mats that feature local area businesses. Ketchup and malt vinegar are also found on the table. The dining room was decorated with ceiling fans, floral drapes, and hanging plants, all to make it seem like you're dining in a family home rather than in a restaurant. Mom and I would have loved to get a peek at the rooms of the Inn.

Our food did not take that long to arrive. It was brought to us by the gentleman from the bar that led us into the dining room. Apparently our waitress was the only one on staff that night, and the restaurant was quite busy. Everything looked great. I could see the steam rising from Mom's spaghetti and meatballs as he was setting the plate down in front of her. The portion was just right. The sauce was thick and hearty, and the meatballs were very meaty (not breaded) and delicious.

My scrod was outstanding. It seemed to have a lemon pepper topping to it, but that made it all the more tasty. My fries were extremely hot and needed time to cool, but my carrots were just hot enough to eat right away. The scrod was flaky, buttery, and perfectly cooked. It was also an excellent portion.

As Mom and I were finishing up our meals, I remembered the pecan pie from the dessert menu. We don't usually have dessert with our meals, but since everything was priced so well, we decided to splurge. The waitress returned and asked if we wanted dessert and we asked her to list what was offered. Along with the pecan pie, there were a few different types of cheesecakes, and other delicacies. I chose the pecan pie with a scoop of ice cream ($2.75) and Mom chose the plain cheesecake ($2.75). The desserts quickly arrived, and both looked amazing. Mom's cheesecake was cool and creamy with a nice graham cracker crust, while my pecan pie was warm, sweet, and chock full of pecans. The ice cream scoop gave an extra burst of flavor with each bite.

When the bill arrived, we were both pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive everything was. The bill totaled $23.30. Here is a quick rundown:
Spaghetti - $6.50
Scrod - $7.50
Pecan pie - $2.75
Cheesecake - $2.75
Sodas - $3.00
Subtotal - $22.20
Tax - $1.10
TOTAL = $23.30
Mom left $28 for the waitress (including 20% tip) as she thanked us for stopping in. Before we left, Mom and I decided to visit the ladies' room. It is found in the Inn's second dining room, which I didn't even know existed! We walked through a large wooden door and into a separate room.
This dining room looked just like the one we had, only a little larger. We spotted the ladies' room and went inside. It was very clean, and very colonial. The stall was behind a wooden wall. There was a large curtained window inside with a long mirrored shelf for primping and storing items while you used the facilities. Adorable. All in all, we were definitely very pleased with everything the Assonet Inn had to offer. As we walked back to my car at around 7:30 p.m., we vowed to return again to try some of their pizzas and boneless fried chicken.