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To redeem my Restaurant.com gift certificate, I just went on their site and searched for restaurants within a 25 mile radius of our location. I was looking for a casual family friendly place that we could take the kids too also. I found The Depot Grille and Bar Inc. in Pepperell, MA, which is very close to the bike path that I’ve taken the boys too several times. It seemed like a great place to try. This restaurant is about 40 minutes away from us. I could redeem the entire $50 gift certificate at The Depot Grille and Bar. (Some restaurants, will only accept lower amounts like $10 and $20.) Once redeemed, I just printed off my gift certificate and brought it with me to the restaurant.
Review – Depot Grille & Bar Restaurant.com
The restaurant is fairly small. The atmosphere is more barroom than restaurant. There were tall tables and bar stools at the bar and we seated ourselves at a booth along the wall. Each both had a tv that played without sound. (We get enough screen time at home.)
I told our server that we had a Restaurant.com gift certificate and that was fine. We could use it no problem. We ordered drinks and they arrived quickly. Next we ordered appetizers.
Here are the buffalo chicken tenders for Grant and me.
These buffalo tenders were huge. They weren’t very spicy and not the best tenders we ever had, but we still ate them up. These were about $8.95, which wasn’t too expensive for all these tenders.
The boys had their favorite appetizer – mozzarella sticks and here is how they looked.
Grant order another appetizer that was more of a novelty – the pork rinds with “bomb bomb” sauce. Did you know pork rinds are pigs skin? Yuck!
Grant said that these are like fluffy pieces of bacon. His fingers were “saturated with fat” and he admitted that these were “not the best choice.”
Bring on the main course! The boys ordered another very popular kid fare favorite – the cheese pizza.
The pizza was very good! The crust was just right, not too thin or thick and it had a fresh, homemade taste. James ordered the chicken tenders and fries also. While he loved the pizza, he did not like the chicken tenders. He thought they smelled like fried fish. He did like the fries.
Grant ordered the Sante Fe Box Car Grilled shrimp. Here is that entrée.
I ordered the pulled pork sandwich. This came with fries and cole slaw.
This was okay. The bun should have been toasted. It actually was pretty soggy. The pulled pork and sauce was just okay. For all that sauce it was pretty forgettable. The cole slaw was average. However, I have to give them props for some great fries! The fries were excellent, nice and crispy! I regret not ordering that burger I was thinking about.
The service was pretty timely up until a point and I will get to that. I mentioned that this is more or a bar than a restaurant. I can appreciate what this place is, a bar and grille and I didn’t expect gourmet meals. However, we had an issue with cigarette smoke. (and come on, this is 2014!)
Many of the customers and some of the employees would head out the door and go for a smoke. That is all we smelled as the restaurant got busier. In fact, Grant had to go wait out in the car with Ryan, who was feeling a bit sick from all the smoke. Meanwhile, like true desert fans, we adapted to the smoke and James and I waited for our brownie sundaes and large pepperoni pizza. We had to order the extra pizza to go because you have to spend $100 to use your $50 restaurant.com gift certificate. It actually is pretty hard to do in a place like this, as the food is inexpensive.
Behind us, you can see the door is opened. All that cigarette smoke would waft right in the door. The place was so small that we would have smelled it wherever we sat.
How long do you figure it would take for a pizza order to go? 10-15 minutes? We waited another half hour for that pizza. The server told us we couldn’t order the brownie sundaes to go, so we thought he was just going to bring these out right away. It turns out he we did get the sundaes to go along with the pizza and it took a good 1/2 hour. We were both getting extremely impatient and glad to finally get our pizza and our sundaes and get out to the others in the car.
This restaurant is 40 minutes away from us and I can guarantee we won’t be back. It was not a good place to take the kids. They need full sized bathrooms for patrons (not just one his and hers toilet for the whole restaurant) and they need to do something about the cigarette smoke. However, on a positive note, this is a great place for locals to go for pizza and beer and hopefully the service will be consistent.
Restaurant.com offers a variety of restaurants from higher end places to more casual taverns like this one all located in and around our area. Thanks to restaurant.com, we’ve already been to two restaurants the Woodbound Inn and J.P. Stevens that we really enjoyed. I look forward to finding a new family friendly restaurant (more along those lines!) through restaurant.com.
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