What an awesome dinner we had Saturday night!
Many Saturday evenings, we spend having dinner out with our good friends, Joe & Sherri – whom we’ve been friends with for many years; this past Saturday was one of those nights. We started out knowing we were going to dinner, but not sure where. Finally, Joe said “We’ll head north, and just go where ever the wind blows us.” I get a little nervous about blowing in the wind when it comes to dinner – - but this time, being adventurous turned out great!
We headed towards Watertown, NY, and a quick Google search of restaurants in that area brought me to the website of a restaurant called Maggie’s on the River.
Now for the restaurant review………..
So we were a little nervous, or should I say I was a little nervous, because I was the one who suggested that we try Maggies. From pictures on the website, and the menu they listed, it sounded nice, but I’m sure the guys were really wanted to visit a steakhouse of some sort (or worse yet, the local Chinese buffet).
The menu included salads, burgers, pasta dishes, grilled flatbreads, sandwiches, sliders…… a little bit of everything with prices ranging from under $10 up to $20. Apparently, Maggie’s is also the “Home of the Colossal Burger Challenge,” where for $29.99 you get four 1/2lb cheeseburgers, with bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato, ketchup, mustard, mayo, along with a 1 lb. order of fries and a 1 lb. order of onion rings. If you eat all of it, you win a t-shirt and have your picture posted on the wall of fame!
When asked, the server was more than happy to tell us about the place and give us a little bit of it’s history. Joe asked her what they were known for, what she thought their best dish was, she said “Everything here is awesome, and you definitely won’t walk away hungry.” This made him very happy!
We were hungry and ready to embrace the experience!
The first floor of Maggies is a sports bar (with 35+ types of beer on tap), but there is also seating so that you can dine down there if you choose. There’s also flat screen t.v.’s, a pool table, foosball and arcade games. If you dine on the first floor, there’s a deck that overlooks the river, and an outside patio.
The second floor is the main dining room with lots of seating and plenty of windows for nice bright lighting. We were lucky enough to get a table that looked down over the Black River, and although there wasn’t much going on down there, it was still nice to be able to look out at the water while we ate. There’s also live entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights.
Seems to be a nice casual atmosphere, although we were there fairly early – around 6:00 p.m. or so.
Sherri ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip for an appetizer, and it was awesome!
The entrees we ordered were delicious! I mean it – - all four of us were totally impressed with our meals. (Thanks guys, for letting me have my foodie photo shoot before digging in)!
The two guys each got The Sir of Loin – - 16 oz. grilled sirloin steak (you can also order an 8 oz. size) with Sautéed onions and mushrooms which came with two sides. (When you choose fries, you get warm cheddar cheese sauce to dip them in). The guys both agreed, the steaks were seasoned well and cooked to perfection!
My friend Sherri ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp, which she said was delicious!
They did not disappoint – ravioli in a sundried tomato sauce, just wonderful! At first, I was worried because the ravioli seemed to be drowning in the sauce, but it was so delicious, I just couldn’t get enough!
Our server was really good about coming back to check on us regularly, and replenishing our soda’s (and she must have been exhausted, running up and down from the second floor to first floor)!
Dinner for four came to around $86, which we all agreed was a good deal, and Maggie’s on the River is now on our list of “revisits” during our Saturday evening jaunts. Hands down, one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. If you’re looking for casual dinner ideas, check out Maggie’s On the River.
500 Newell Street
Watertown, NY 13601