1640 Hart House
The 1640 Hart House was built 20 years after the pilgrims landed in the town of Ipswich. Phantom recently landed for dinner.
One of the oldest houses in the country, featuring a 350 year old fireplace that’s a prime example of early American architecture with an English cottage influence. Only problem: Phantom was freezing sitting by a cracked window.
Physically, this is a very handsome and informative menu. Varied dishes are well-supplemented by daily specials.
Both the appetizers and the entrees are just about average.
The baked onion soup was packed with a generous layer of cheese, but the overly-spiced broth covered the true beef flavor. Shrimp cocktail feature four flawlessly clean and fresh specimen. Fabulously inventive chicken liver marsala.
Food and Drink(7.5)
Roast prime rib au jus was flavorful and juicy, but a bit too fatty. Weiner schnitzel (breaded veal medallions sauteed in butter with fresh squeezed lemon) lacked pizzazz both in taste and presentation. Delicious baked and mashed potatoes.
Chocolate walnut pie and the cheesecake with strawberries didn’t quite qualify as stars. Hot and strong coffee helped Phantom perk up enough to drive home keeping an eye out for deer.
Friendly waitstaff unfortunately can be a bit over attentive. Also should be more aware of meal timing, very important.
Even with a fireplace burning all night, it’s not at all smoky. Very clean dining room, and extremely aromatic.
Directly on Linebrook Road in Ipswich, right in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Parking lot is very dark.
Appetizers range from $4-8. Entrees run from $12 for the linguine primavera to $20 for the roast rack of lamb. Dinner for two runs about $55, good prices for a memorable experience.