Sunday, May 10, 2009

Restaurant Review: The Black Sheep

Jv10X & I popped into the new Black Sheep Irish Pub in Niantic after an extensive tour of the Book Barn: sold some books, bought some books, had the Jim Miller Experience at Book Barn Downtown. (Note: Jim always plays better music than the main Book Barn does.)

The Black Sheep is very....pub-y....with nice white walls, brick wall, molded ceiling, burgundy and gold textiles and dark wood with an adult atmosphere. It's roomy and cozy at the same time.

I was please to see that they carry some nice beers (and Newcastle, hands down my fave) but I was a little distressed that the menu was largely meat and bivalves - but after all, it is a pub, so what the hell was I thinking? And the staff seemed to be very....nervous...so that was a little strange. But they were nice.

I ended up ordering the field greens salad with grilled shrimp, and Jv10X gave a stab at the burger. The salad was huge and really tasty, and Bernie declared his burger to be really good. (I kind of wonder if my salad was so big because they probably don't get a lot of salad-eatin' folk in there, but I'm not complaining!) I definitely would like to stop there again to try an actual dish on their menu- the wild mushroom ravioli look fab as do the crabcakes.

6 comments:

K. A. Laity said...

"Adult atmosphere"?! Do you mean...nah, I bet not...right?

The Queen said...

In Niantic? Oh, hell, no.

Hsin-Yi said...

KA Laity, you are a riot!
I went to the Black Sheep a while ago, and really enjoyed it. I agree, the staff does seem nervous (which is weird), but it's a nice place overall. The food was pretty good from what I remember, but we wound up drinking a lot more than we intended, and that makes everything better!

The Queen said...

Ah, booze, the great equalizer....

BTW, check out KA Laity's blog, just over on the right hand side of the page....

Cranky Yankee said...

When you were at Book Barn Downtown, did you pet Frank? Frank always deserves a petting. The world of Book Barn Downtown revolves around Frank.

The Queen said...

Not only do I pet Frank, Cranky, but I usually ask him to help me find a book or I offer him a guinea pig....
(Between you & me, he's not terribly motivated in the 'finding a book' department....)