Chopping Block: The National Tap & Grill

I hope everyone had a great fourth and got their American on. The island was a hopping place yesterday. There was large amount of day-trippers, but also everyone on the island was just very active. The beaches were not packed, but the downtown area was a zoo. The island is a great place to spend the holiday, but a word of advice, plan ahead. Hotels book up early and taking the ferry on the 4th packed in like a sardine amongst a bunch of people who may not be entirely sober on the 8pm ferry home is no picnic.

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So if you would like to spend the holiday on the island, book early, know what you would like to do on the day itself and reserve what you can (restaurants, bikes, etc). Know that you are not the only person who wants an ice cream cone on the 4th and embrace the lines, inflated prices and overworked employees.

To celebrate myself, I headed to most patriotic place on the island, The National Hotel. They have a large outdoor patio that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were able to get a great table overlooking the harbor without a wait.

The Food: The dinner was ho-hum. Nothing that wowed me. My friend’s lobster roll was what the restaurant boast about, and he has already decided on ordering it with double lobster by 10am. I was underwhelmed at the amount of lobster it actually came with. And for the whole ten bucks they charge for the upgrade, I say skip the super size and go for their fish and chips. 6/10

The Vibe: This is where The National thrives. The patio for dinner was very nice with great seating, service and atmosphere. It is a little loud between the road traffic, the bar and the music being played, but if that doesn’t bother you, it’s golden.

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The evening was completely enhanced by the post dinner experience the National provided. Wander around back of the hotel and find their fire pits. Surrounded by Adirondack chairs, the spot provides an awesome venue for relaxing. With the shortened menu of the restaurant available, fireside service of drinks, food and dessert make this a hidden wonder.

We were so lucky to even time it perfectly with the fireworks being launched on Crescent beach. I don’t think it gets better than watching fireworks, while roasting a s’more and listening to Bruce Springsteen being played by the live band. For that, I must say thank you to The National for their service.IMG_3691IMG_3704

Stop by their fireside for a great night any night. Ordering the s’mores tray leaves you with enough supplies for the entire Girl Scout troop, so be prepared to make some friends. 9/10

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