MATTAPOISETT — Few things are more delightful and relaxing than sitting by the water while enjoying delicious food and tasty beverages.
Throughout New England for about three to four months, the activity practically screams summer.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet this summer, The Inn on Shipyard Park is worth of a visit.
Allyssa and I visited the small restaurant on Water Street on Sunday.
We passed the Inn itself and walked into the restaurant, which revealed exposed wooden beams on the ceiling and porthole windows. We loved the feel of the restaurant, but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to sit outside even as the sun battled for supremacy of the sky with the clouds.
Our waitress, Meghan, who was very pleasant throughout our meal, seated us in the screened-in porch area with a view of Mattapoisett Harbor. Allyssa pointed out, even on rainy days the structure offered ample protection to the elements so weather isn’t a concern when sitting outside.
Fortunately, for us, the sun poked through for a portion of our meal creating a lovely afternoon dinner.
The menu offered a wide range or options from burgers to fajitas and burritos, to a salmon filet served on garlic mashed potatoes.
Neither of us were anticipating ordering alcoholic beverages but the drink list easily overthrew those plans. Allyssa ordered the peach pecan palmer — old camp peach-pecan bourbon, lemonade, iced tea and fresh mint.
I noticed the Mighty Squirrel Strawberry Smoovy on tap and ordered it. At the New Bedford food truck and craft beer festival, I had wanted to try the brew but it sold out. The Inn came through.
We also put in appetizer orders for street corn ($5), which we both eagerly anticipated arriving, as well as truffle Parmesan fries ($8) — nothing says summer quite like the beach and fries.
The corn came as one ear cut in half with lime cumin crema, cilantro and cotija. It’s already on my list for best appetizer. I made sure I ate every kernel on my piece, spinning the cob multiple times to see if any morsal lingered.
The corn was grilled and cooked to perfection. The crema created an out-of-this-world bite. We really couldn’t get enough.
After I was convinced nothing on the cob remained, we used the fries to scoop up any lime cumin crema leftover.
The fries were seasoned with herbs. They were crunchy and with a dip of ketchup were satisfying. They were lost in the shadow of the street corn, though. Without question, next time we’ll place two orders.
As for the main course, the buttermilk chicken ($18) caught my eye from the start. Like my drink, the order originates from the past. I debated ordering something similar at a restaurant a few weeks ago. I didn’t and regretted it. When the item served with mashed potatoes, gravy and kale slaw appeared on the menu, I without hesitation ordered it.
Allyssa wrestled with her decision a little more. The fried caprese salad ($13) — fried mozzarella, beefsteak tomato, balsamic glaze, pesto aioli and balsamic dressed arugula; the chicken sandwich ($14) — grilled or panko fried chicken, iceberg, tomato, mango glaze and jerk ranch; and the roasted salmon fillet ($24) — cucumber-lime dressed arugula, fennel, red onion and tomato sauté, garlic butter potatoes and fresh dill — all tempted her.
In the end, she landed on the grilled chicken sandwich.
Her decision didn’t disappoint.
At one point she said, “I would bathe in this mango glaze.” I took that as she really enjoyed it.
The chicken was cooked well and was juicy. The jerk ranch added a nice punch to the sweet mango glaze.
I enjoyed a similar experience with my buttermilk chicken. It was cooked well. The breading provided a nice crunch while the chicken was tender. Alone, it was a very good meal. However, a bite with the chicken and gravy elevated the plate. When combined with the gravy and the mashed potatoes, the dish became one of my favorites.
The gravy had a hint of herbs, which doesn’t seem like much but added a little extra. The mashed potatoes were good, Allyssa disagreed saying they were great. All together, though, there aren’t many better bites I’ve ever had.
The serving of gravy and potatoes was a perfect amount to match the amount of chicken. I had just the right amount to ensure each bite included the gravy, potatoes and chicken.
The kale slaw shouldn’t be forgotten either. It provided a refreshing light taste after the very heavy bites of chicken, potatoes and gravy. It was crunchy and almost a bit sweet.
Speaking of sweet, we couldn’t leave without trying another drink off their libations menu. Allyssa chose frosé — rosé wine, vodka, fresh lemon and strawberries — which acted as our dessert.
Our meals and appetizers didn’t leave any room for their dessert menu.
There's always next time, though.
Before tip, our bill came to $77.56.
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