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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Kaptain Jimmy’s Restaurant & Distillery (Agawam, MA)

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For Labor Day M and I decided to spend our time out in Western Massachusetts. One of his friends lives out that way and was in the process of moving down south. So we decided to visit before she leaves... and possibly get a sink for the kitchen.

We didn't get the sink. But we did take her out for a late lunch. 

If you are planning on visiting Six Flags New England in the near future (Fright Fest anyone?) you may want to check this place out for some post coaster dining. It's just a couple of miles away from the park, and traffic permitting shouldn't take you more than five minutes to get there. There was no traffic at all when we were there... shocking since it was the last day of freedom before the kiddies had to go back to school. I could hear the screams from the riders, but no slow crawl of traffic. Go figure.

Best way to explain how to get there - on Main Street there's that pizza/ice cream joint just outside the park - that's South Street and you turn there. Take that down until you hit Suffield Street (Rt. 75) and hang a right. Take that down a ways and the restaurant will be on your left. 

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I may be getting the facts wrong here, but the restaurant is owned by the same people who own Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewmaster's Tavern. And like Brewmaster's, they make their own liquor on site. Their website says they make "vodka, rum, gin, whiskey, and ouzo." Our waitress gave us samples of their vodka which went down very smooth. I don't know really how you judge liquors, but that was easy to drink straight. I ordered a couple of Bloody Mary's with their vodka - not bad. For three bucks more you can add a couple of shrimp with your drink. 

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After we gave our food orders our waitress brought over some bread to nibble on. You can't really tell in the picture, but there is this thick syrupy stuff on it. I must have made a face because the waitress explained it was honey or maple syrup they drizzle on their breads and served with butter whipped with maple syrup. Whatever it was it was devoured quickly. I really liked the butter and wouldn't mind having some at home. Maybe not to go with my bread, but definitely waffles.

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Just a quick shot of the bar side of the restaurant. Plenty of bar space... plenty of taps. M was pretty impressed with their offerings. Along with the Opa Opa beers they had beers that we normally don't see out here. The other side of the restaurant (which I only saw briefly) was just a dining area. I guess they were aiming for a classy lounge style - and don't get me wrong, it is very nice in there - but with a splash of pirate. Behind the bar it looks like the masts of a boat; the servers clad in red and black pirate-esque fashion; and the picture on the outside of the building is Captain Jack Sparrow... sort of. 

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Aside from their Monday burger special (any of their burgers single patty with a pint of beer for $5) Jimmy's had a ten dollar surf and turf meal. I got the 8 oz. bistro steak with calamari drizzled in a malt vinegar aioli. Vegetable of the day and garlic mashed potatoes. I thought the aioli would be weird, but it was good. But then again, the British eat their fries with malt vinegar... so it isn't really a stretch they would use it on other fried things. 

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You take M to a pirate cove and he gets nachos ($8.99). Demands them. It's a safe vegetarian option. The chili that normally comes with it is not vegetarian, and he was about to ask for it without but his friend and I convinced him to just ask for it on the side so we could have it. M thought it was okay, but would have liked more toppings. The bottom of the bowl was just chips and he ended up not eating them. So better layering or offer a vegetarian chili.

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M's friend was planning on just ordering a side of mac & cheese ($5.95) but chicken mac & cheese was... maybe a buck more so she ordered that and asked for the chicken on the side. So M could have some of the mac. I nibbled on some, and she was right in saying it was both very rich and very good. Maybe too rich. My lactose sensitive stomach was unhappy with just one noodle. But I don't regret it... I'll just bring lactose defender next time we go.

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