Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

You may already be familiar with a chain of reataurants called Pub 99.  We have eaten at several of them and on this particularday decided to dine at the Pub 99 on Center Street in Auburn, Maine.  The facility has a really attractive decor, with lots of photos of sports teams from the local schools from back in the early 80s. 

There are also intresting wood carvings, such as the reproduction of a storefront shown above and paintings as seen below:

There's a general feeling of nostalgia throughout the restaurant.  I spotted a wooden replica of a trolley about 18 inches long and 12 inches high.  The photo I took, unfortunately did not come out clearly, so I couldn't display it here. 

The place is divided into several small dining rooms and a bar, which makes for a more intimate dining experience.  I really felt this was one of the nicer Pub 99s that I have visited.  And, of course, there was the food.

I started off with a Bahama Breeze, which while pretty to look at and pleasant to the palate, seemed to be lacking in booze.  I'm not a frequent drinker, so usually I get at least the beginning of a buzz of one drink.  Not so here.  But it was delicious, all the same.

Hubby was driving, so he went for the pink lemonade, which was icy cold with just the right amount of tartness.

We decided to skip the appetizers and go right to the entrees.  I ordered the BBQ turkey tips, with rice pilaf, coleslaw, and a biscuit.  (We were chatting, and I started eating before I remembered to takes a photo of my plate, so there was more food there initially than shows up in the picture!)  The turkey tips are a favorite of mine, and they come dipped in a hickory smoke BBQ sauce which gives them a really great taste.

Hubby also had started to down his dinner when I stopped him long enough to take this shot.  He opted for the smothered sirloin tips--tender steak pieces with lots of onions, peppers, and mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and a side of corn.

Our dinner was delicious.  I have found the Pub 99 Restaurants to be quite consistent in their quality.  The service was efficient and extremely pleasant.  Tanya, our waitress had a great sense of humor and added to the positive tone of the meal.

And I forgot to mention, there are 9 entrees on the menu for just $9.99, so a meal here can be gentle on the wallet as well.  I'm sure we will return!

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SamiJoe said...

WOW! It all looked lovely to me!

No dessert though??

Kristina P. said...

Sadly, I've never heard of this chain. Looks delicious!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Yeah, we don't have those either and too bad - those turkey tips look yummy!!

Brian Miller said...

have never been to a pub 99...dont think we have them either...looks nice though....

Pat said...

I've never heard of Pub 99 restaurants, but if we should stumble upon one in our travels, I'll be sure to stop!

I misread what you ate as "turkey tits" and thought WTF?!

Sorry, I've only had one cup of tea so far this morning. Must have more caffeine.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Mmmm those drinks look positively DEEEEElicious. I always think that cocktails in restaurants are on the weak side alcohol wise. But so long as they taste good that's fine.

Eva Gallant said...

Veg: the drinks were delicious!

SamiJoe: I was trying to be good for a change!

Elenka said...

That's one restaurant I haven't tried yet. Thanks for the review.

Canadian Blend said...

I worked at The 99 in Haverhill, Mass for several months back in 1987. A buddy of mine moved to NE to take a job with The 99 and I drove up to visit. I left 18 months later.

Eva Gallant said...

Canadian: I know the food is good, but 18 months is on LONG meal!