The Fairfield Spot

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Whether you feel like having a girl’s night out, having lunch with old friends or just having an intimate dinner with your boyfriend or girlfriend, The Fairfield Spot seems to hit the spot.

This restaurant, located at 12 Unquowa Place, next to Beach Bum Tanning and across from Bank of America, previously known as Greenhouse Grill, has been taken over by new owners and is ready to hold its ground.

The Fairfield Spot had its grand opening this past weekend and it left its new customers with a great first impression.

Upon walking in, you were greeted by a very friendly staff and asked if you had any preference on where to sit. The restaurant was divided into two sections with the bar in the middle. There were tall booths with wooden tables on one side surrounded by glass windows and normal wooden tables surrounded by solid walls on the other side.

This place is in between casual and fancy, allowing you to dress with just jeans and a top or dolled up with a skirt and your favorite pumps.

A local band comes in around 10 p.m. and plays blues with different line-ups. There is an older crowd that usually hangs around near the bar after dinner while the band is playing.

Ron Hill, the manager, said, “Our goal is for people to come in and get great food not in a stuffy environment. We want people to come in, relax with some friends, sit back and have some great food.”

When you are first seated the wait staff comes over and asks if you would like tap, sparkling or still water. Then, after taking your drink order (for those of you who are 21, I strongly suggest either the mojitos or margaritas), you are delivered a warm basket of warm freshly baked dinner rolls topped with an assorted herb medley consisting of red pepper flakes, oregano, thyme, mint and basil. The bread is accompanied with a side dish of olive oil and rosemary for dipping.

The atmosphere of the restaurant gives off a feeling of intimacy and relaxation.

The staff is very accommodating and had no problem explaining things, asking the chef for modifications, or answering any questions. They wanted to make sure you had a memorable dining experience.

Besides the regular dinner menu and wine list, they also had a lounge menu consisting of smaller portions such as fried calamari, nachos or sliders that can be considered if you just want to pick at something while you are having drinks, or don’t feel like having a big meal. A cocktail menu should be completed shortly.

Their appetizing menu consists of starters, salads and pastas, seafood, chicken, steak and chops you are left with so many mouth-watering choices, it is difficult to decide. For those of you who love soup, their choices vary from day to day and you can either get a cup or a bowl.

If you are in the mood for a salad, I strongly suggest getting the poached pear salad, which consists of garden field greens folded in poached pears, roasted walnuts, dried cranberry, maytag bleu cheese, tossed with shallots and sherry vinaigrette for $17.50. The buffalo chicken salad is another great choice. It consists of boneless buffalo chicken pieces, mixed greens, carrots, celery and bleu cheese for $10.50.

If you feel like having a flavorful dish of pasta, I would definitely recommend their Farfelle Primavera, consisting of fresh grilled seasonal vegetables and roasted tomato tossed with bow tie pasta and fresh mozzarella, topped with basil for $17.50.

There is an array of succulent chicken, steak and chops consisting of chicken francaise, chicken parmesan, marinated hanger steak and center cut pork chop, ranging from $16 to $22.50. All dinner entrees are served with vegetables and potato of the day.

If you are in a fishy mood there is an assortment including yellow fin tuna, fillet of sole, Atlantic salmon and, my personal favorite, pan seared arctic char, served with broccoli rabe and sweet potato puree in a lemon butter sauce. The price of the seafood ranged from $22 to $24.

The presentations for these entrees are precise and very appealing. Overall the prices range from $4.50 to $24.

The Fairfield Spot is open for lunch, happy hour and dinner with entertainment.

Brittany Baker ’12 said, “Although there was a wait, the food was definitely worth it.”

Not only do they have excellent food, but a decadent dessert menu as well, which includes house made cheesecake, apple strudel with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce and chilled chocolate mousse cake.

You will walk out of The Fairfield Spot feeling satisfied with a pleasurable dining experience and chances are you will crave it again.

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