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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Morrell's Country Tavern

269 North Main St.
West Bridgewater, MA  02379
(508) 586-7777

March 29, 2014

On this dreary day, Mom and I were looking for some good old fashioned comfort food.  We love any restaurant with the words “country tavern” in the name, so when Mom found Morrell’s online, we decided to dodge the raindrops and stop in for some home cooking.

Morrell’s Country Tavern is very cute inside.  It really did look like a country tavern – complete with large fireplace in the main dining room.  The restaurant is bigger than it looks from the outside, and I learned that this place (formerly named Morrell’s Country Kitchen) used to be located in Abington until a fire forced them to relocate.

We were seated at a table by the waitress (Ash) who left us with menus to look through.  We ordered two Diet Pepsis ($2.49 each) and a freshly made, complimentary bread boule which came on a wooden cutting board.  The bread was outstanding (and hot!) and the butter simply melted away. 

For our meals, Mom ordered the baked scrod ($13.99) and I chose their homemade baked macaroni and cheese ($11.99) with added buffalo chicken ($1.99).  While we were waiting for our meals, the staff was getting ready for what seemed to be an extremely busy night.  They were setting up tables, rearranging seating and the chef even joked that they were putting on a show for our table and the other table of ladies that were in the dining room.  Everyone seemed very friendly and polite.

When our entrees arrived, they were both steaming hot.  Mom’s scrod came with a side of real mashed potatoes and – we think – a side of mashed carrots.  It was orange and at first we thought it might have been butternut squash, but after a quick taste we decided it was mashed carrots.  Her scrod – topped with breadcrumbs – was white and flaky.  In fact, it was so white that it was almost translucent.  She loved the taste of the fish and enjoyed that the mashed potatoes were not of the instant variety.  The carrots stayed there because Mom isn't a fan.  If given a choice of vegetable, she would have chosen something else.

My mac & cheese – after it had cooled down – was not macaroni at all!  It was actually ziti baked in a small crock topped with three different cheeses (cheddar, mozzarella and Monterey Jack) and seasoned with breadcrumbs.  Of course, my added buffalo chicken made everything hot and spicy.  The chicken was very tender and cooked perfectly.  The ziti was cooked al dente.  My only complaint was that there was a LOT of cheese.  There were a few hidden ziti stuck inside of a big glob of cheese that ended up at the bottom of the crock.  With that being said, the cheese blend was very thick and creamy and had a great taste.  I really enjoyed it.

When Ash returned to retrieve our plates, she asked if we wanted to view the dessert menu.  Although we were full, we decided to split a piece of the Fudgy Wudgy Chocolate Cake ($6.99).  It arrived with a swirl of chocolate sauce on the plate along with large dollops of whipped cream.  The cake was certainly fudgy!  The thick layer of frosting on top tasted exactly like fudge.  The inside cake was moist and tasty, although we think the cake could have possibly just come out of the refrigerator because it was a little on the cold side.  It was a great ending to a tasty meal.  Our grand total came to $42.39.

Morrell’s is a cute place to visit.  The restaurant (and restroom) was very clean, the staff was friendly and the food was good.  They have a lot of options (click here to view the menu) and I’d like to try one of their sandwiches, burgers or perhaps even a gourmet pizza on our next visit.

… and speaking of our next visit, we were given a 20 percent off “Double Dipping Coupon” to use if we were to dine at Morrell’s the next day.

As for the weather, it never stopped raining.  Our delicious meal at Morrell’s was definitely the highlight of this otherwise gloomy Saturday.  We’ll be back!

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