Let’s Eat: Rats, Hamilton, NJ

My last post was about visiting Grounds for Sculpture. Located on the beautiful grounds is Rats restaurant.

You might remember that I love going out to eat. Period. I also love visiting places that are owned by chefs I’ve seen on TV. The winner of Top Chef, DC was Kevin Sbraga who was the chef at Rats. Since he’s won, he opened is own place called Sbraga located in downtown Philadelphia.

Even though he was no longer there, I thought it would still be fantastic. Before I tell you what I thought, I should tell you about the name. Rats is just not the best name for a restaurant, don’t you agree? It doesn’t bring to mind thoughts of a clean, rodent-free place to eat, at least in my mind.

But…it’s actually named after the character, Ratty from The Wind in the Willows. Seward Johnson, founder of Rat’s and Grounds For Sculpture, thought he threw the best parties with the best wine, just like Ratty. Totally cool, right? Much better than dirty rodents in the kitchen!

So, what did I think of the place? I did not like it.

Ouch. Sorry.

The decor and atmosphere were cool. The outside front of the place looks like a French village. The back of the restaurant looks out onto a pond and sculptures, which is totally cool.

The food though, was just not good.

I got the mussels in a white sauce. They were okay. The flavor just wasn’t good and some of them had beards, which I hate. My daughter got a grilled cheese from the kids menu. She wasn’t eating it and I couldn’t figure out why. Then I tasted it. I’m not sure what kind of cheese they used but it wasn’t American or Cheddar. That’s fine for a grown up sandwich (I guess) but this was from the kid’s menu.

And it was expensive. Normally, I don’t talk about costs. Everyone has different levels of what they think is worth spending money. What I think is expensive you and a total waste of money, you might think is on target. But, I think without a doubt, we would agree this place is expensive.

Here’s what I loved:

  • nothing, really 😦

Here’s what I liked:

  • the atmosphere
  • the service
  • the bathrooms

Here’s what I didn’t love:

  • the food
  • the price for not very good food

Have you eaten at Rats?
What did you think?

Let’s Eat: Waterfront, Plymouth, MA

Recently, we were visiting Plymouth, Ma. We were looking for a good place for dinner. After an exhaustive search on the Internet, we decided on Waterfront Bar and Grille.

Here’s the first thing you should know, park in the back – it’s free. There are meters on the street in front of the place but behind is a big, free parking lot. The only downside, you have to walk by the trash area, which is well-covered except for the flies who aren’t fooled by some pretty shrubbery.

We were seated immediately. Awesome. When I heard the name Waterfront, I assumed it was right on the water. No. I mean you can see the water, from a distance – across a street, huge parking area, and another restaurant. Not what I was expecting but a nice place, either way.

My husband got the spinach salad which was fine.

My son got a burger, which he liked. The only problem was the huge wait to get the ketchup! Our waitress walked by us about five times, forgetting it every time. Once he, finally, got the ketchup, it was all good.

My daughter ordered a hot dog but our waitress came back and told her there were no more hot dogs. It seems they’ve been out of hot dogs since the Fourth of July. Okay, no problem…she picked the pasta as second choice. But, just to clarify it’s quite some time after the Fourth of July. I mean run over to the grocery store and pick a few up…or is this a city-wide outage?

I got the clam chowder for all of us to share. It was okay, very thick. I also got the mussels, which came with the beards attached. Yuck. The taste was fine but finding beards on every one was not.

Here’s what I loved:

  • nothing, really 😦

Here’s what I liked:

  • the red sangria
  • the general atmosphere
  • free parking lot

Here’s what I didn’t love:

  • the food
  • the service
  • the view

Have you been to the Waterfront?
What did you think?