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Friday, May 11, 2007


Gibbet Hill Grill
Route 40, Groton,
MA 1-978-448-2900   open 4 p.m.
We were pleasantly surprised when we tried Gibbet Hill Grill on a Thursday night. We had tried it when it first opened, and things did not go so well, so with a little coaxing we went again. This time it was excellent.

We tried to get something from each part of the menu, so we started with the house marinated olives from the appetizer section ($7.50). There was more than an ample supply of olives accompanied by focaccia, figs and a white bean and rosemary puree. Next we shared a green side salad of seasonal mixed greens. It really was enough to share.

Gibbet Hill Grill has a large section devoted to steaks so I felt I should try one. I decided on the top sirloin that comes with two sides at $17. The steak was ten ounces, way more than I consume in one sitting, so that most of it went home to be saved for another meal. The sides were varied with such selections as garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, braised chard and wild mushrooms among the possibilities. Alex chose the pan roast chicken ($17). He pronounced it as the best-flavored chicken he had had in a long time. It came with a lemon risotto and wild mushrooms.

I had a Kendrick's martini, which cost $9, this on the recommendation of a friend, but I think I will stick with regular Bombay gin or a red wine in the future. Alex had a glass of Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon ($8.50) and enjoyed it very much.

We didn't have any problem getting a reservation on a Thursday night, but the restaurant was full by 7:30 p.m. On weekends, it is best to call ahead by at least three or four days.

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito