February 26, 2010

Bar Guide

AMBER OLESEN

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Barry Todd of Grill 233 in Yarmouth pours a Cosmopolitan at the bar Friday Jan. 22, 2010.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Barry Todd of Grill 233 in Yarmouth pours a Cosmopolitan at the bar Friday Jan. 22, 2010.

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I'm familiar with Yarmouth because Pat's Pizza is a favorite spot of mine, so checking out the Pat's owners' other restaurant, Grill 233, was quite appealing to me.

The small and unimposing building that's home to Grill 233 also is on Route 1 in Yarmouth. When I walked in, I was immediately greeted by a friendly staff member and noticed the warmth and comfort of the bar. With 10 bar seats to the left and some booths to the right, the bar area serves as an entrance to the open layout of the back dining room.

As is the tradition on Sundays (which happened to be the day I visited), bloody marys and mimosas were highlighted on the menu board. Servers Arianna and Corey explained they didn't have a regular Sunday bartender, but that wouldn't stop me from getting a drink if I wanted one with my eggs benedict.

While Grill 233 doesn't have ongoing specials or a happy hour, it does keep items reasonably priced.

On draft, choose from Gritty's Pub Style ($4.25), Guinness, Stella Artois, Sebago's Slick Nick ($3.25), Bud Light and Shipyard. The Grill also carries Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Bass, Rolling Rock and Corona in bottles. There are rumors about adding to the already vast wine list, which includes Blackstone ($8), Estancia reds, Villa Maria sauvignon blanc ($8/$30) and Four Vines Naked chardonnay ($6/$24.)

People line up for some of the food specials at Grill 233. Prime rib is featured on Thursday nights and has been known to sell out, despite how much is prepared. Ravioli and other dishes change every night. Try roasted duck with garlic mashed potatoes for $21.

For appetizers, the spinach and artichoke dip ($9) and clam chowder are worth checking out ($5/$7.) I'm a fan of the burgers and the chicken salad sandwich with cranberries and walnuts, and my friend Corey couldn't say enough about the buffalo chicken wrap ($8.)

The bar area is small, with only one television, and there's no entertainment. However, it's common to have standing-room-only in the bar area as the place fills with regulars, including Yarmouth residents and mechanics from the garage next door.

That's probably because Grill 233 is a comfortable place to be, without gimmicks. Just real drinks and real food, with real people.

Amber Olesen is a freelance writer who lives in Westbrook.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Barry Todd of Grill 233 in Yarmouth pours a Cosmopolitan at the bar Friday Jan. 22, 2010.

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Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette: Barry Todd of Grill 233 in Yarmouth pours a Cosmopolitan at the bar Friday Jan. 22, 2010.

 


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