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Old 04-21-2021, 01:23 PM   #1
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Default Ellacoya Barn and Grill...finally

My wife and I finally got to eat at Ellacoya today. The first two times ended in us leaving after tables were seated before us because nobody was paying attention. This time, we called while on the way to get our names in and were sat just fine.

The service was great—our drinks were refilled as soon as we finished them—and the staff members we dealt with were friendly.

Cell phone service using AT&T on my 2018 S8 was fine—2-3 bars of LTE (out of 5).

Food quality was excellent. The seafood chowder was awesome, and the burger (which most here rave about) was right on. My wife's chicken turkey club wrap thing was also good, and the chocolate cake we sprung for was delish.

Pricing is weird. $6.50 for seafood chowder and $12 for the burger are very good prices, but $13 for wings, $13 for flatbreads, etc. seemed high.

I think the key will be to hit this place up on quiet days.

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Old 04-21-2021, 01:29 PM   #2
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My wife and I finally got to eat at Ellacoya today. The first two times ended in us leaving after tables were seated before us because nobody was paying attention. This time, we called while on the way to get our names in and were sat just fine.

The service was great—our drinks were refilled as soon as we finished them—and the staff members we dealt with were friendly.

Cell phone service using AT&T on my 2018 S8 was fine—2-3 bars of LTE (out of 5).

Food quality was excellent. The seafood chowder was awesome, and the burger (which most here rave about) was right on. My wife's chicken turkey club wrap thing was also good, and the chocolate cake we sprung for was delish.

Pricing is weird. $6.50 for seafood chowder and $12 for the burger are very good prices, but $13 for wings, $13 for flatbreads, etc. seemed high.

I think the key will be to hit this place up on quiet days.

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Last year they used to have $5.00 burgers. Not sure if they will do the same this year.
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Old 04-21-2021, 01:55 PM   #3
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Last year they used to have $5.00 burgers. Not sure if they will do the same this year.
Mondays were $5 burger day, looks like they’ve gone up to $8, per their website.

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Well worth it, full price is well worth it.
They have very good burgers.

Not to mention the ghost. We have not seen her yet, I understand she hangs around the stockroom.
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Old 04-21-2021, 02:49 PM   #5
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My wife and I finally got to eat at Ellacoya today. The first two times ended in us leaving after tables were seated before us because nobody was paying attention. This time, we called while on the way to get our names in and were sat just fine.

The service was great—our drinks were refilled as soon as we finished them—and the staff members we dealt with were friendly.

Cell phone service using AT&T on my 2018 S8 was fine—2-3 bars of LTE (out of 5).

Food quality was excellent. The seafood chowder was awesome, and the burger (which most here rave about) was right on. My wife's chicken turkey club wrap thing was also good, and the chocolate cake we sprung for was delish.

Pricing is weird. $6.50 for seafood chowder and $12 for the burger are very good prices, but $13 for wings, $13 for flatbreads, etc. seemed high.

I think the key will be to hit this place up on quiet days.

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We love Ellacoya but we do tend to go there off times as Burger night, Pizza night and Fridays and Saturdays in season the place is packed. They have the best fries I also enjoy their burgers and the filet mignon sandwich.
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Met a friend there yesterday for lunch after touring the new waterfront park under construction at Ellacoya park.
We are buying a bench with a plaque dedicated to a good friend from Concord who died from Covid a couple months ago.
But to get back to the barn, sat at the bar, food was great as was the service!
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Assuming it's the same burger as regular, $5/8 with fries is a steal.

I also very much love the barn itself—the post and beam construction with huge beams and pegs is pretty awesome. I could walk around just appreciating that on its own.

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Old 04-21-2021, 03:51 PM   #8
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Agreed.......the best I've ever had.
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Assuming it's the same burger as regular, $5/8 with fries is a steal.

I also very much love the barn itself—the post and beam construction with huge beams and pegs is pretty awesome. I could walk around just appreciating that on its own.

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$5 burgers are history. It is now an $8 burger with Lettuce, tomato, and fries. You can add cheese, sauteed onion, slice raw onion, bacon, e.t.c , each with an additional charge.

This is not a complaint, more of a clarification. My $8 burger gets bumped up with a slice of onion and bacon (no cheese). Love it! Great taste, great size, burger seems to be hand formed.

The "outdoor" tent is now up, let the fun begin.

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Met a friend there yesterday for lunch after touring the new waterfront park under construction at Ellacoya park.
We are buying a bench with a plaque dedicated to a good friend from Concord who died from Covid a couple months ago.
But to get back to the barn, sat at the bar, food was great as was the service!
Off topic, but can I ask who one contacts about these memorial benches and plaques? Thank you
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Off topic, but can I ask who one contacts about these memorial benches and plaques? Thank you
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Not related to the lakes region but related to price increases. My wife and I went to Gloucester the other day and we decided to go for ice cream. Went to the widow and ordered 2 small soft serves, 1 cone, 1 cup. When she said $15.00 I almost choked! Not even real ice cream.

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Not related to the lakes region but related to price increases. My wife and I went to Gloucester the other day and we decided to go for ice cream. Went to the widow and ordered 2 small soft serves, 1 cone, 1 cup. When she said $15.00 I almost choked! Not even real ice cream.

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Did you confirm that was accurate? The ice cream shops we frequent—many —have stayed the same or barely budged.

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Is the service at Ellacoya really better than it has been? Waitress’s to walk by ten times without even turning their head or making eye contact. It’s Leo me away but if it’s been cured I’d love to go back. It’s a great atmosphere.


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Did you confirm that was accurate? The ice cream shops we frequent—many —have stayed the same or barely budged.

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Yes I did, it was near Good Harbor beach.
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Yes I did, it was near Good Harbor beach.
That's nuts—location, I guess!

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Is the service at Ellacoya really better than it has been? Waitress’s to walk by ten times without even turning their head or making eye contact. It’s Leo me away but if it’s been cured I’d love to go back. It’s a great atmosphere.


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I've only been this once, but the service was very good. As I mentioned in the original post, we'd left twice before because of a bad seating system.

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Not related to the lakes region but related to price increases. My wife and I went to Gloucester the other day and we decided to go for ice cream. Went to the widow and ordered 2 small soft serves, 1 cone, 1 cup. When she said $15.00 I almost choked! Not even real ice cream.

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At the end of high school I worked at a Dairy Queen for two summers. The cones were 10, 15, and 25 cents the first year I worked there.

When I returned for the second year the owner told me he was thinking of going up to 30 cents for the large soft serve. I let him know that no one would pay 30 cents for an ice cream cone!

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That's nuts—location, I guess!

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And I put 3 bucks in the tip jar, couldn't take my frustration out on the young girls working there.
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Not related to the lakes region but related to price increases. My wife and I went to Gloucester the other day and we decided to go for ice cream. Went to the widow and ordered 2 small soft serves, 1 cone, 1 cup. When she said $15.00 I almost choked! Not even real ice cream.

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I started a thread along the topic of inflation a couple months ago. It was about beer instead of ice cream.

The primary topic of discussion during 1st quarter corporate conference calls has been increased cost followed by increasing prices to charge for product. Prepare for a spiral.
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I started a thread along the topic of inflation a couple months ago. It was about beer instead of ice cream.

The primary topic of discussion during 1st quarter corporate conference calls has been increased cost followed by increasing prices to charge for product. Prepare for a spiral.
Actually the now daily calls all seem to start of with current and new supply chain delays / increased lead times, followed then by associated cost increases, which then lead to pricing adjustments to the customer....Fun times.
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Is the service at Ellacoya really better than it has been? Waitress’s to walk by ten times without even turning their head or making eye contact. It’s Leo me away but if it’s been cured I’d love to go back. It’s a great atmosphere.


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We’ve never had bad service there. Ended up there on Mother’s Day since Pop’s was running out of everything. We didn’t have a reservation but were seated within about 5 minutes outside in the tent. Service and food was excellent. Our server was new and we ordered the first bottle of wine that she ever had to serve. So, an older gentleman came out with her and showed her the steps on presenting, uncorking, pouring a taste, and serving the wine. We had a very nice experience and it was fairly busy.


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That’s good news. I’ll be trying it again soon based on your experience.


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Probably the best kept secret in the lakes region!!!
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Love Ellacoya. Never had a bad meal. On occasion the service can be a little slow but that’s just in season when the place is packed.


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Never eaten there but they do have a clever website name for take out orders:

www.ChowNow.com

Also, a clever name for their menu;

www.BarnandGrille.com

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Probably the best kept secret in the lakes region!!!
Agreed! It was off our radar for years and we tried it on a fluke! Glad we did!!!

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Agreed! It was off our radar for years and we tried it on a fluke! Glad we did!!!

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Been going there for probably 10 years. Love it. There burgers are awesome so is the filet mignon sandwich. Also best fries.

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Been going there for probably 10 years. Love it. There burgers are awesome so is the filet mignon sandwich. Also best fries.

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Same here, can walk there if I need to.
So lets keep telling everyone how bad its been so the crowds can stay away and I can get my bar seat that I used to be able to get without waiting back again!!!
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