Seeking Comfort

Posted: March 13th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Beverly, Casual/Pub Food, Garden City Pub | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Garden City Pub is not exactly a secret, but it’s something of a hidden gem, located behind a liquor store in North Beverly. It’s our number one choice for comfort food, and lest we be accused of keeping things from you, we’ve got to share. Just don’t all rush there next Saturday night or we’ll never get a table, ’k?

We had another great meal there last weekend, and the price was the perfect antidote to the week’s stockmarket plunge: $50 for a large, satisfying dinner for two with drinks.

Lunch Guy splurged on a Ketel One martini ($8.50), followed by french onion soup and eggplant parmesan. The soup ($4) had its priorities in order—lots of crunchy bread topped with melted cheese. Oh, and the soup was tasty, too. The entrée was a huge portion of very thin eggplant slices breaded perfectly ($13). Between the eggplant and the bowl of pasta it came with, Lunch Guy took half of it home—and believe me, that doesn’t happen often.

My entrée has got to be one of the best deals around. A large bowl of delicious lobster ravioli topped with creamy pasta sauce for $14. It came with a good-sized portion of fresh caesar salad for an additional $2.50. The ravioli are not house made as far as we could ascertain, but they were large, cooked perfectly, and filled with chunks of lobster. My cocktail was cranberry juice and house vodka, a 16-ounce glass for $5. It goes without saying we were too full to think about dessert.

Garden City is not the place for a quiet, romantic meal. It’s noisy and crowded most nights for dinner, and the large bar dominates the room. But the service is efficient and friendly, the steak fries (sampled on previous visits) are heavenly, and the drinks are generous. Let’s just say if this place were a little easier to see from Route 1A, getting a table would be nearly impossible.

Garden City Pub
21 Enon St, Beverly
(978) 922-9018